Ernest A. Talley MD
Ernest A. Talley MD died at Mt. Hood Medical Center due to vascular dementia. He was born in Portland and educated at Gilbert grade and David Douglas high chools. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he began medical training at what is now OHSU. In 1969 he raduated with both an MD and an MS in Pathology. After interning in Denver, CO, he entered the US Army. The first year he joined the 82nd Airborne and made six parachute jumps. The second year he was sent to Vietnam for 11 months, returning in time to start a Family Practice residency. In 1974 he began practicing in Boring and later in Gresham. He was on the staff of Gresham Hospital and later Mt. Hood Medical Center for 36 years. After closing the office he worked at GoHealth Urgent Care and Open Advanced MRI until his health changed in 2018. His patients appreciated that he took the time to explain their care and answer questions. He always left them hopeful. After marrying Stephanie Dwyer in 1967, they had three sons. Ernie often said that he and Stephanie made a great team. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a wonderful party 3 years ago. Ernie was so proud of his family, which now includes Dan, Aisha and Alex, Madison, SD; Steve, Vicki and Lily, Rolling Hills Estates, CA; Brad and Gladys, Wrightwood, CA. Ernie is also survived by his brother, Dale and wife, Ramona, and many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family who were an important part of his life. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifton and Lorraine Talley, his sister, Christina and our stillborn daughter, Elisabeth. Ernie was always a hard worker but he took time out to laugh often. He golfed with 3 good friends every Wed. He loved annual trips to Sunriver Music Festival and comedy shows in Las Vegas, He traveled with family to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, England, Ireland, the Mediterranean. He even enjoyed being the only Duck on a UW alumni cruise to Alaska. Our family wants to acknowledge his best friend, Ken, who came over every Wed for 2 years, and kept Ernie in touch with his Polar King lunch friends. Due to Covid, a private burial was held at Gethsemani cemetery. A memorial will be held at a later date. If you choose, donations may be sent to Human Solutions, Mt. Hood Medical Center Foundation or OHSU.