Stephen Douglas Ernst, age 64, died of a heart attack in Jefferson County on Sunday October 7, 2018, after an amazing day on horseback. Steve was born June 24, 1954 in Helena, Montana. He was the 5th of 6 children of William Ernst and Beverly Bright.
In 1972 Steve graduated from Helena High School and soon thereafter married Margaret (Maggie) Farmer. They had 3 children: Jeff, Josh, and Nikki. Steve and Maggie later divorced.
Steve had many careers which included AA Garage, Buttrey Foods, Prudential Insurance, USF&G, owner of Black Diamond Jewelry store in Big Sky, and an Insurance Salesman.
Steve was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and most of all riding horses. He touched many lives with his jokes, wisdom, and generous heart. He was a Cub Scout Leader and recently a member of the Last Chance Backcountry Horseman club.
Steve was preceded in death by his father Bill and a brother Pat. Survivors include mother Beverly Ernst; sisters Karen Hall, Cheryl Warren, Sheila Heinrich; brother Dan Ernst; sons Jeff (Salina) Ernst & Josh Ernst (Bobbie Gardner) both of Helena; daughter Nikki (Cory) Jones of Lake Worth Florida; and grandchildren Daniel Ernst, Emma Ernst, and Lyli Ernst all of Helena. Other survivors are Jamie Roberts, Stormy Watne, Janine Keiper, and Steve’s dog Charlie.
Services will be held at the First Christian Church, 311 Power St, Helena on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00. All are welcome and encouraged to bring their favorite “Steve” story or memory. There will be a reception immediately following the service at Smith’s Bar in East Helena.
Memorials are suggested to the Last Chance Backcountry Horseman PO Box 4008, Helena, MT 59604 or special organization of the donor’s choice. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Steve.