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Born July 28, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away peacefully on November 15, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Carol Joyce Rowell Tavernier, his seven children and their spouses—Mark & Sherie Tavernier, Paul & Bonnie Tavernier, Cynthia McDowell, Rebecca & Craig Calkins, David & Briana Tavernier, Stephen & Janet Tavernier, and Cathy Tavernier.
He has twenty-five grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren: Jaclyn Tavernier, Chelsie (Treigh), Cash, Jade and Quinn Pedroche, Chase (Kylie) and Xander Tavernier, Mackenzie Tavernier; Ashley (Randall) and Gregory Ballreich, Lauren Tavernier, Lindsay (Caleb), Ellie, Abbie and Maddie Livingston, Brittany (Joshua), Luke, Levi and Liam Heyrend, Michael Tavernier; Lance, Summer, Robyn and Jenna McDowell; Melissa (Graham) and Casey McNeil, Carrie (Kendall) and Vaughn Christensen, David Calkins, Aaron Calkins; Joshua, Tyler, Ryan and Braden Tavernier; Tashara (Ryan), Ella, Maverick and Brevan Carnahan, Courtney Tavernier, Zachary Tavernier and Olivia Tavernier.
Ernest was raised in Utah, California, and Washington. He later went on to study Business at the University of Utah and married Carol Joyce Rowell in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. He was made an officer in the United States Marine Corps, then went on to earn a degree in Law from the University of Utah.
After having their first two children, he and Carol moved to Orange County, California in 1960 where he worked as an attorney for forty years and faithfully attended the Anaheim Sixth Ward in the Anaheim East Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He and Carol moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2019 to be near their children. He will be laid to rest at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, Arizona Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11:00 am (7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207; Ph: (480) 832-2850).