Ignacio Ernesto Gonzalez

Born in Mexico City to Regina del Palacio and husband Manrique Rodriguez Gonzalez, Ignacio Ernesto Gonzalez took his first breath on this planet July 31, 1922 and his last on September 24, 2017 in Windsor, California at age 95. Raised in Colonial Dublan, Mexico he attended Juarez Stake Academy and at 17 with a scholarship to attend Brigham Young University, immigrated to the United States to cultivate his life.

Ernest’s first year in Utah he met Olive Marie Nielsen, to whom he was married 1944 to 1985. Together they worked to launch a family and his career. This Nation he served in the Army 1944-1946 to become a citizen and after honorable discharge returned to finish his BYU 1948 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major: Zoology, Minor: Entomology (Beta Beta Beta) and 1951 Master Degree after working as an Assistant Instructor at the University of Ohio in the Department of Anatomy. He then worked as an Instructor at the School of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy while earning a  University of Oklahoma 1955 Ph.D, Major: Anatomy, Minor: Auxiliary Medical Science (Sigma Xi) and 1958 M.D.  During 1958-1965 he received training for internship, residency and fellowship at University of Alabama, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases in NYC, and UCSF before teaching at UCSF as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and becoming an Associate Pathologist at French Hospital in San Francisco. After earning American Board of Pathology Anatomical and Clinical Certifications he became recognized as a leader in medical research as author and/or co-author of numerous articles, including one about atherosclerosis he was invited to present in Israel at the 1968 Fourth Asian-Pacific Congress of Cardiology. Thereafter he became Chief of Pathology then Director of Department of Pathology and Nuclear Medicine 1965-1969 while earning Nuclear Medicine Certification, and Chairman of Department of Pathology and Nuclear Medicine 1975-1981.

In 1987 he married Marie Louise Williams and they moved to Windsor. As retirees they enjoyed traveling, entertaining family/friends and playing golf until she passed away in 1998. As a widower, “Tio Nacho” continued to entertain and travel to be with family/friends at their life events and at his vacation home in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.

Our Patriarch enthusiastically conveyed his love toward and encouraged many of the Gonzalez Family posterity to seek knowledge as a means of bettering their lives. His life and leadership is a blessing to the generations that have followed and he will forever live in the minds and hearts of those he influenced.

Preceded in death by those cited above; siblings Lilia Brown, Regina Ayala and Elvira Avena.

Survived by his sister Catalina Thompson and brother Roberto Gonzalez; children Michael, David, Ernest and Maria Lisa; grandchildren Joanna, Natalie, Monica, Alison, Katie, Kameron, Kayla and Kara; great grandchildren Christina, Angelica, Adam, Aaron, Liliana, Clarissa, Ariella, Maiya, Jordan, Leonardo, Jaxon and Mason; great great granddaughter, Janessa; many cherished nephews, nieces and extended family members.

Graveside services will be held Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah. Family and friends may visit on Monday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah.

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