Johnnie Earnest passed away to be with the Lord on July 19 surrounded by family. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma to John J Earnest and Myrtle (Selby) Earnest in November of 1937, Johnnie was a resident of Costa Mesa, CA since 1960. An Engineering Geologist, Johnnie was Vice President of H.V. Lawmaster & Company for 24 years and later served as the Chief Grading Inspector for the County of Orange for 20 years. His greatest joys in life were hiking and camping with his family, watching his grandchildren grow up, and working for his church.
Johnnie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patty (Pelky) Earnest, sons, John (Lisa), James (Paula), daughter, Susan (Brent) Beyak, 10 grandchildren, and many loving friends.
Johnnie was a quiet man who left a legacy of love and strength. A celebration of Johnnie’s life will be held at The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 on August 11, 2019 at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in Johnnie’s name to PCC, Capital Improvement Campaign, a project that was near and dear to his heart and one he worked on tirelessly.