Mourning the loss of a great doctor
January 17, 2012
Lucero, M.D. passed away at his home
unexpectedly on Saturday, December 15. His wife
was with him at the time.
Dr. Lucero was part of the medical community in
Boundary County for over 33 years. Arriving in
Bonners Ferry in 1971, he worked with Dr.
Edwards as a Physician Assistant. He left the
community to continue his education and obtain a
degree as a medical doctor from the University
of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City,
Upon completion of his degree, he returned to
Bonners Ferry setting up a solo practice.
He discovered a love of medicine after he
enlisted in the United States Navy as a Hospital
Corpsman. That love of medicine became the
driving force in his life, leading him through
two tours in Vietnam helping sick and wounded
Marines, then on to a lifetime of service to the
community of Boundary County.
Shortly before his death, he had joined Boundary
Community Clinics in Bonners Ferry to free him
from the cumbersome load of paperwork that
accompanies a private practice. The official
date of joining the Clinic was set for January
1, 2013. He was eager to have more time to
devote to his patients in the practice of
Boundary Community Hospital Administrator Craig
Johnson expresses deep sympathy to the Lucero
family. “Dr. Lucero had a passion for medicine
that was remarkable. He was a deeply caring
person, brilliant, hard working, and optimistic.
He will be missed very much.”
The transition of the practice will continue as
planned. The Boundary Community Hospital Medical
Staff will provide services to Dr. Lucero’s
patients in the short term while an interim
physician is located and put in place. In the
long term, Boundary Community Clinics has
already begun the search for a qualified
primary-care physician who can step in to Dr.
“Enough good things cannot be said about Ernie
Lucero,” said Johnson. “His family, our
community, our entire hospital family, and his
patients have suffered a great loss. He was
truly one of a kind and will not be forgotten.”
Lucero is survived by his wife, Carol.
Questions or comments about this
Click here to e-mail