Ernest "Ernie" Joseph Blatner
December 12, 1933 – October 8, 2020
Ernie passed away peacefully at his home after a long struggle with congestive heart failure at 86 with his family close by.
He spent his life in the Portland area. He was the son of Anna and Ernest Blatner who both came to the United States as German immigrants from Russia in the early 1900’s.
Ernie attended St Andrews, Jefferson High School, Portland University and Portland State. At Jefferson High School, he was the Varsity baseball pitcher where he made long time friendships with his competitors. He also played baseball for the City Beavers in College.
Starting out in the paper industry, he went through several mergers until given the job of uniting Carpenter Offutt and Blake Moffet and Town into the newly formed Unisource Paper Distribution Company. He ran Oregon, Southern Washington and Northern California until his retirement. He was much respected in the paper and printing industry.
Married to Carol Currier of Portland, they raised 7 children and were married 61 years. Family and faith were very important in his life.
He had a passion for sports and was always competitive. He had 2 holes in one in golf, one being at Waverley Country Club during a tournament. He loved and played tennis most of his life and went to the USTA Nationals with the Multnomah Athletic Clubs Men’s 55 and over team.
He was very supportive of his children’s schools and sports, as well as his grandchildren’s sports and activities. He volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army at Christmas.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Lynne (Scott) Terhune, Laura (Merril) Yazzolino, Jim (Kate) Blatner, Lanell (Hans) Nolf, Linda (Nathan) Wood, Neil (Elizabeth) Blatner, and Leann (David) Tourzan; 10 grandchildren; plus numerous niece and nephews.
Remembrances may be made in his name to Central Catholic or St Mary’s Academy High School.
Funeral Service for Ernie
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Ernest "Ernie" Joseph Blatner
October 27, 2020
I met Ernie many moons ago while dating his vivacious daughter Linda. I knew him to be always kind and generous, both he and Carol inviting me warmly into their house and to family events. I also remember his good sense of humor which is truly a blessing and brings light to life, whether alone or as the father of a large and boisterous family. I also had the good fortune of meeting all of the other children, from Lynn to Leeann, and it is not a little thing to say that the joy and enthusiasm of their lives were a reflection of the joy of their parents. My most heartfelt condolences to Carol and all of their children and grandchildren. Celebrate and remember the good times & my love to you all!
October 20, 2020
Ernie is a Hawaiian. He loves and cares for everyone. Always. Ernie’s heart is Hawaiian throughout. I know because I am a Hawaiian.
Many years ago, Ernie befriended me as a newcomer to Waverley. As time went on, he would embrace me as his partner. If you know the game, golf can be frustrating, humbling even the best. It elicits mumbles, grumbles and even shouts of anger. But not from Ernie. Why, even as his partner when I did not meet challenges we faced as partners, Ernie remained steadfast. He encouraged rather than belittle. His demeanor was the epitome of the Game of Gentlemen.
Now, Ernie is with the Ultimate Partner. God the Father must be happy to have Ernie make putts for Him. You can rest in His peace, Ernie. I miss you, partner. Aloha ka Ko’u. Patrick Smith
October 17, 2020
My beloved neighbor and friend.
Saved Doug and Mike more than once from the boogie man.
He’ll be teaching golf, tennis, and baseball in heaven!
October 14, 2020
One of a kind! A true gentleman with always a smile on his face. 😀