Ernest Burroughs

April 1922 ~ October 2011

Ernest C. Burroughs, 89, was born in 1922 at his family home in Knightsen, California. After graduating from Liberty High School in Brentwood, CA and two years at University of California, Berkeley, he joined the family dairy business in 1942. He was a lifetime dairyman, partner first with his brother, Oscar in Contra Costa County for thirty years and then with his sons, Bruce and Ward in Merced County for another 30 years. He served on many boards including the Oakley School District Board, he was a director for California Gold Dairy Cooperative and Eastside Water District. He served as president of the Farm Bureau Federation in Contra Costa County. He was a member of the Atwater United Methodist Church and served on their Board of Trustees. He was an avid horseman and especially enjoyed horse and mule pack trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Ernest is survived by his sister Cynthia Hummal; five children Bruce (Barbara), Ward (Rosie), Mary, Robert (Ginny) and Katherine (Rob) Treat; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary “Loo” to whom he was married for 57 years; his brothers Rennie, Oscar, Phil; granddaughter Bethany.

Arrangements are entrusted to Allen Mortuary. A memorial service will be at Atwater United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 22nd at 10:30am. Memorial contributions may be made to Atwater United Methodist Church, 2550 Linden St., Atwater, CA 95301 or Heifer International, 1 World Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202


  1. From all of us at Progressive Dairy Solutions and from my family as well, our thoughts and prayers go out to you today and for the days and months to come as you lay your father, brother, granddad and great-granddad to rest. His life, from an outsiders
    perspective, is a testament to the Burroughs Family Legacy. His legacy lives through those he has touch and left behind to carry on the work he started. His love & passion for agriculture and the people in it is evident still now through you all. His legacy
    will continue through you for decades to come, and that is a blessing to us all! Our deepest sympathy and love, Wiebren & Luciana Jonkman, Merced, CA

  2. Our condolences to the Burroughs family. Ernie was a great men. Joe’s uncle, Luis Madruga, back in late 1950 when he worked for Ernest in Okaley. When he was ready to send for his wife and children from the Azores. He had a sick daughter and needed to
    provide a letter from someone stating that they would be responsible to take care of her when she arrived in California. Luis Madruga asked Ernest for a day off to go to Hanford and ask his wife’s cousin to provide that letter. Ernest asked Luis what he needed,
    when he explained, Ernest said, I will provide you with that letter. Uncle Luis was always grateful for his kindness and would bring it up when we visit him in Santa Clara, CA. he passed away about 3 years ago. Ernest was a good man with a big heart. He left
    a big legacy. May his soul rest in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayers go out to the family, especially Bruce, Barbara and family, Ward, Rose, and family and all the members of the Borroughs family. God blessings and peace. Connie, Joe Madruga and
    family, Turlock, CA

  3. I wanted too share my condolence with your family. I never forget the time when Ernie call and said that he was going to buy beef from Alpine because he din’t have any ready. Well the beef came in for butcher. I called and told Ernie how much each beef
    weighed and he said to stop. He was upset with the workers and decided to get lighter beef. Manuel Mello Denair Meat Service, Turlock, CA

  4. We are thinking of you with the passing of a “great” man. Ernie was so kind and wonderful to be around. We will always cherish the memories of our times in California and here in Nevada when he and Mary Lou visited our parents. We know his memory will
    sustain you and the pride he had in his family was well known. Love to you all, Kay and family, Elko, NV

  5. We at the Carson Ranch in Snelling send our deepest sympathies to the Burroughs’ Families… Warmest Regards, Tina Carson, Snelling, CA

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