Ernest Anthony Lucero, MD
October 21, 1947 ~ December 15, 2012
December 17, 2012
Ernest Anthony Lucero, 65, passed away December
15, 2012. To honor Ernie’s wishes, a celebration
of his life will be held in the spring for
family and friends in lieu of a formal service.
Ernie’s life was an adventure that began in the
barrios of East Los Angeles on October 21, 1947.
Ernie was born to a single mother who raised him
with the help of his older sister, Lydia.
Ernie’s mother made two requests of her son:
that he finish high school and not get a tattoo.
Ernie was proud to have fulfilled both requests.
Ernie discovered a love of medicine after he
enlisted in the United States Navy as a hospital
corpsman second class. During his time in the
military he served two tours in Vietnam, helping
sick and wounded marines.
Ernie went on to graduate from the University of
Washington as a physician’s assistant, as part
of the second class in the school’s history to
graduate physician assistants. He accepted a job
with Dr. Edwards in Bonners Ferry in 1967, and
practiced for ten years before Ernie left the
community to continue his education and obtain a
B.S. from Idaho State University and an M.D.
from the University of Utah School of Medicine
in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He then returned to Bonners Ferry and began his
solo medical practice.
days were full and satisfying. He would start
his day with his farm chores and then venture to
his office to do what he loved most -- practice
medicine. In the evening he would return home
for a long walk with his wife Carol and their
Ernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, bicycling,
ranching, and farming. He will be remembered for
his sense of humor, amazing stories of his life
adventures, caring nature, and zest for life. He
loved the beauty of this area, the people and
Thank you all for what you added to his life.
Ernie is survived by his wife Carol, sister
Lydia De La Feunte, children Antoinette Lucero,
Maria (Ron) Lohse, Andrea (Eric) Eschen, Steven
(Beth) Lucero, Casady (Wil) Brimhall, Garrett
(Jamie) Hull, Cadey (Chris) Hull, 13
grandchildren, and his dog, Boo.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Adelaide
Garcia. Family and friends are invited to sign
Ernie’s book at
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Dr.
Ernest Lucero Memorial Fund through the Fry
Healthcare Foundation, 6640 Kaniksu St., Bonners
Ferry ID 83805.