Ernest Elmer Pomatto was born on February 21, 1925 in Roscoe (Burbank), California to John and Lula May Pomatto.

He was the youngest of 13 children, all of whom preceeded him in death. Ernest’s mother died when he was five years old and from age 10 until 17, he lived on a ranch in Denair with the Wolf family.

He enlisted in the Navy in May 1942 until January 1946, serving on the USS Shields in the Philippines.

Ernest arrived in Weed in 1950 from the Modesto area and eventually became an appliance tech with his own business. He was well known for his honesty and hard work.

“Ernie” loved to garden, ride motorcycles, go hunting and fishing and camping with family and friends.

Ernest died on September 10, 2013 in Eureka, California. He was strong and healthy at age 88 until recovery from heart valve surgery in June was complicated by an infection of the Pseudomonas Aeruginosa bacteria.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; and two sons, Mark and Brian Pomatto. Also, two grandchildren, Erik Pomatto and Nicholas Pomatto; three great-grandchildren: Patrick, Marissa and Natalie Pomatto; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on September 14 at Ernest’s home church of Christ Lutheran in Fortuna, where he lived.