Ernest Joseph Flores was born on October 25, 1966, to Gloria Lopez and Johnny Flores
in Grand Junction, Colorado. Ernest lived most of his life in the Grand Valley, went to Palisade
High School, and later attended Lamar College on a baseball scholarship. After college, he
moved to Fresno, CA to spend time with his father.
While there he met and fell in love with Tobie Guzman. They moved to Texas and
welcomed their firstborn daughter. Later, they welcomed their second daughter in Colorado.
Ernest always had a soft spot for his daughters, caring for their every need and guiding them
with unconditional love. They then gave him his biggest joys in life; his five grandkids. He
watched them grow and start their journeys through school and life, which fulfilled him in his
Ernest was recently a big part of the little league sports officiants of the Grand Valley. If
he wasn’t supporting his grandkids, he was umpiring baseball games or refereeing football.
Sports were always a big part of his life, ever since he was young. Of all the teams he liked, the
Denver Broncos were his favorite.
He passed away at the age of 55 on Thursday, September 15, 2022 surrounded by his loved
ones after battling a traumatic head injury. Ernest is survived by his mother Gloria Lopez and
step-father Severiano Lopez; his two daughters, Samantha Flores and Analicia Flores; Five
grandchildren, Eziah, Mya, Roberto, Theseus, and Aylah; his siblings John Flores, Gilbert
Guzman, Mandy Guzman, Hope Flores, and Norma Vendegna (Eloy Vendegna); his dog Peenutt
Buter. and numerous other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father Johnny Flores.
Ernest would light up every room he walked into with his lively presence. No one who
met Ernest ever forgot his fiery spirit and infectious humor. Ernest was always the life of the
party; laughter followed him everywhere. He wasn’t just a great father, he was also a wonderful
son, brother, uncle, cousin, leader, and friend. We offer these parting words to our beloved
friend: Thank you for the 55 years of laughter, joy, and learning.
Services for Ernest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm at 222 29
Rd. Grand Junction CO. 81503 Chipeta Golf Course. Please come to share stories of
remembrance with us at the funeral service, and reception following directly after.