Ernest was born in Roswell, NM to Ramona M. Medina and Alfred J. Medina on January 18, 1974. Ernest was preceded in death by his sister Brenda L. Contreras; father Alfred J. Medina; mother Ramona M. Medina; grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Ernest served the music world as a well-known and respected band director in Roswell, NM, having taught at all levels from Kindergarten through High School. He was also a vibrant member of the music community in Roswell, serving various churches and organizations as a musician and musical coordinator. Many students taught by Ernest have ventured into the field of Music Education, and some are even Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi just as he was.
Those left to cherish his memory are his godparents/uncle and aunt Mike and Christina Garcia; uncle Manual and his wife Lola from La Mesa, CA; niece/goddaughter Vanessa Contreras; nephew Steve Contreras both of Roswell; godson Logon Stewart of C.D.A; aunts Margaret Maez of Alamogordo, NM Elaine Young of Albuquerque, NM, and Lena Connell of Roswell, NM; cousins Susie Connell and Doris of Roswell, NM, Debbie Connell of Alamogordo, NM, and Randy Connell of McAllen, TX and aunt Bessie Aragon of McAllen, TX. Also surviving him numerous godchildren, cousins and friends.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Mark Anthony Salas, Steve (Jr) Contreras, Santiago Herrera, Amanda Ware, Sara Coleman and Vanessa Contreras. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Contreras Sr., TJ Coleman, Doug McGraw, Noah Cook, Susie Connell and Lena Rene Vallejas.