Ernie (Brackney) Bootsma

Ernie (Brackney) Bootsma

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Ernie G. Bootsma formerly Brackney
Born 1960s.
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Son of [private father (1940s - unknown)] and
Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1970s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1970s - unknown)] [half], [private sister (1970s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1970s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1970s - unknown)] [half] and [private sister (1970s - unknown)] [half]
Father of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)], [private daughter (1990s - unknown)] and [private daughter (2000s - unknown)]
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Ernie Bootsma was born, Ernest Glenn Brackney [1] at Long Beach Memorial Hospital on June 23, 1964. His mother, Edie Vallier, and his biological father, Steve Brackney, were friends from Long Beach Poly High School. Edie worked, raised Ernie and lived with her parents until she met Tom Bootsma Sr in 1965. She and Tom married in 1966 and had six more children, Tom Jr., Edward, Tena, Erik, Ted and Trisha. Tom adopted Ernie and changed his name to Bootsma. Tom and Edie raised Ernie as an equal to the other children.

Ernie grew up first in Gardena, California and attended 186th Street School in Kindergarten and First Grade. The family grew and then moved to a larger three bedroom home in Lakewood Village (part of Long Beach) where Ernie attended Mark Twain Elementary and joined the local Cub Scout Pack and later Troop 65 in the Boy Scouts of America. Ernie also played Little League in the Lakewood Village Little League. Ernie enjoyed riding bikes with friends. Tom volunteered as an Assistant Scout Master, baseball coach and Assistant Scout Master.

In 7th grade, Ernie attended Hoover Jr. High School. It was around this time the family outgrew its home in Lakewood Village. The family then moved to Baker (later changed to Baker City), Oregon and Ernie attended Baker Middle School and then Baker High School. Ernie played baseball for the Baker Babe Ruth team and obtained his Eagle Scout Rank in Troop 444 in Baker. Ernie was Senior Class President for the Class of 1982 at Baker High School.

In 1982, Ernie graduated from Baker High School and earned a full year scholarship to Oregon State University. While at OSU, Ernie joined Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and met his future wife, Barb Marsh. Ernie and Barb were married September 14, 1985 in Salem, Oregon at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Salem. In 1986, Ernie graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Art/Graphic Design and began to work as a designer in Portland, Oregon designing packaging and logos. In the Fall of 1987, he returned to school at Willamette University College of Law and graduated cum laude in 1990. Ernie was President of the 3rd Year Class of law students in 1989-1990.

After Ernie's graduation and first law job in Portland, Ernie and Barb purchased a home in the Alameda Beaumont Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. It is there they began their first family and their first two daughters were born, Mollie Kathleen in 1992 and Margaret (Maggie) Rose in 1995. After a short move to Salem, Oregon, they returned to the Bethany Area of Portland and had their third daughter, Megan Frances who was born August 1, 2000. The girls continue to grow and leave home for their own lives. Ernie and Barb still live in the Bethany Area of Portland.

Ernie continues to practice law and is a Partner at the law firm of Ater Wynne LLP.


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On 16 Apr 2018 at 15:18 GMT Sandi (Thorne) Ellison wrote:

I am a relative to Sprague Marsh. in the attempt to add him to my info found you had added him. Would it be possible to add me to your trusted list as I am from Michigan and have some info on his family as parents and siblings. Thanks

On 3 Jul 2016 at 05:29 GMT Marlene Marx wrote:

Hi Ernie,

Now that you have had a little time to try WikiTree, there are a few more features you may find useful.

Ideas on what to include in a profile can be found in Styles and Standards, including some tips on writing biographies.

If you need to describe an event, an heirloom or a location relevant to your research, you may like to learn about Free Space Profiles.

Lastly, sometimes you'll run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving those unfortunate situations.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask via my profile page.

Marlene ~ WikiTree Mentor

On 12 Jun 2016 at 21:43 GMT Derek Hawthorne wrote:

Hi Ernie

You are now a confirmed member of WikiTree! Thank you for volunteering.

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On 25 Feb 2015 at 02:21 GMT Bill Sekel Jr wrote:

Hello Ernie,

Welcome as a guest to WikiTree! We're growing a FREE worldwide family tree, striving for ONE collaborative profile per person.

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