William Ernest Morales, Sr.\nAugust 12, 1940 – January 31, 2023\n\nWilliam Ernest Morales, Sr. (Ernie) was born in Martinez, CA and raised in and around Crockett. He would eventually purchase a home and move his family to El Dorado - in the foothills of CA. Ernie passed away of natural causes the morning January 31, 2023 in Sacramento with his family by his side.\n\nHe is proceeded in death by his parents, Jesus Morales and Elvira Arenas, as well as all of his 8 siblings: Lydia Morales-Baybado, Henry Morales, Charlie Morales, Raul Morales, David Morales, Louis (Louie) Morales, Crystella Arenas-Fisher and Andres (Andy) Arenas, and his second wife Elizabeth Ann Morales. \n\nErnie is survived by his children: James Calvin Bussey III, Elizabeth Ann Morales-Orloff, Belita Rosa Morales, William Ernest Morales II (little Ern), his grandchildren: Elaina Catherine Dee Benka, Daniel James (DJ) Benka, Gage William Morales, Alisa Rosa Benka (Peanut), and his ex-wife, Catherine Scolari. \n\nErnie liked to watch sports – especially football. He was a 49er faithful until the end. He also enjoyed fishing, playing pool, visiting casinos, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.\n\nErnie will be buried in a family plot at El Dorado Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at the El Dorado Community Hall at 6139 Pleasant Valley Rd., El Dorado, CA 95623 on February 18, 2023 at 1:30pm.