Ernest Peter Jimenez died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Woodland at the age of 61. Ernest, who liked to go by Ernie, was born in Japan in 1956, where his father met his mother while serving in the U.S. Army.
Ernie struggled with a lifetime of developmental issues, but he never let them interfere with his enthusiasm for life. Ernie moved to Winters with his family in the early ‘60s where he attended special needs programs through the Winters school system, and later worked as a groundskeeper at the high school.
Growing up, Ernie enjoyed riding his bicycle all around Winters, but his greatest passion was sports. He loved to root for the Sacramento Kings, the 49ers and the A’s. We all tried to get him to root for the Giants, but no such luck. In addition to his love of sports, Ernie was a master at putting jigsaw puzzles together. Ernie had a gentle soul, and loved to laugh and to spend time with his family. He will be so greatly missed by us all.
Ernie was preceded in death by his father Pete Jimenez and his niece Cindy Jimenez.
He is survived by his mother Kyoko Jimenez, his sister Linda Barbosa (Jimmy); brothers Albert Jimenez; and David Jimenez (Babette); nephews James Barbosa (Olivia); Max Barbosa; Philip Jimenez; Mike Jimenez; niece Haley Jimenez; and great niece and nephew Ciena and Jameson Barbosa.
Private services will be held at a later date.