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Ervin Chester Jarvis
A service was held Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ceres for Ervin Chester Jarvis, 85, of Ceres. He died peacefully at his home on Oct. 18, 2010 after a fight with cancer.

Born April 22, 1925 in McCloud, Okla., to Susan and Ervin Jarvis, Ervin was the second oldest of seven children. He graduated from McCloud High School in 1943 and entered the Army at age 18. During World War II Mr. Jarves took part of the second wave of tanks to land on the shores of Utah Beach. He took part in many battles to push back the German army in Normandy. After the war he joined family in California where he married Netty LaVera White. They raised four children and lived in Pleasant Hill for many years before finally settling in Ceres. Ervin made a living working as a heavy equipment operator in Operating Engineers Local Union 3. He enjoyed the challenge that being a part of new construction project offered. Mr. Jarvis was known to sew, cook, and create new gadgets and was interested in genealogy. He was active in the Mormon church as an elder.

He leaves behind his daughter Joanne "Joanie" Fritts of Paradise; his brothers, Lawrence Jarvis of Vacaville and Paul Jarvis of Oklahoma; his sister, Mathilda Ann Armstrong of Concord; and 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, children Larry Hacker, Judy "Julie" Schaeffer and Dennis Wayne Jarvis, sister Margaret Josephine Jarvis Bohannon, and brothers Marion Reese Jarvis and Daniel Hoyt Jarvis;

Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

-Ceres Courier/ October 27, 2010