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Ernst William Mittemeyer

January 26, 1929 — March 19, 2024

           Ernst William Mittemeyer, or Ernie, as we know and love him, passed away on March 19th, 2024, in San Diego. He was an accomplished, joyful man and an incredibly loving father and grandfather. He was a deeply spiritual man, devoted to Christ and sharing His word. Ernie was born on January 26th, 1929 in Paramaribo, Suriname, on the northern coast of South America, to a Dutch Moravian missionary dad and a Swiss/German mom. He loved telling stories of his days in the jungle fishing and playing with wooden trucks that he had built with his two younger brothers, Bernie and Hans. When the Second World War broke out his dad was called to be a Chaplain for the Dutch Army in Indonesia and his mom and the three boys could not go back to Europe so they immigrated to the U.S. They were supported by Moravian families and lived in Pennsylvania. They all learned English and Ernie studied civil engineering at Lehigh University. After only two years at the university he was drafted into the army during the Korean War. Instead of fighting, his background in engineering meant he was sent to the Palawan Islands of the Philippines to survey the mountains to create maps. It was paradise for him to be back in the tropics for two years. 

After finishing college, and without ever having visited San Diego, Ernie accepted a job over the phone as a civil engineer for the City in the late 1950s. He drove his car across the country and that was it. He loved San Diego and was a civil engineer for 35 years here. It was his job to approve contractors’ plans for city developments such as housing subdivisions for much of the Clairemont area, to rebuild the Pacific Beach pier after a storm wiped it out, the earthquake-proofing of Balboa Park buildings, and many other San Diego projects. 

Soon after moving to San Diego Ernie started attending the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. There he met Grace and they wed and raised a family. They made life-long relationships at First Presbyterian and maintained a rich social life with a large group of true friends. Ernie and Grace were devoted members of the church for the rest of their lives. Ernie is survived by his son Keith Mittemeyer, his wife Kim and their son Jack Mittemeyer; his grandsons from his daughter Julie, Justin and Cole Hatfield; his daughter, Lynette Smith and her son Andrew Smith. He was predeceased by his wife Grace Mittemeyer, daughter Julie Hatfield and son-in-law John Hatfield.

Ernie was easy to love and as he got older he became even more expressive of his love and appreciation for everyone in his life. We love him dearly, and miss his sweet demeanor.  The most important way that he would like to be remembered would be as a servant of the Lord Jesus. He shared God’s word wherever he went and we know that he is there in heaven now, rejoicing to be with his Savior.


A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego at 320 Date. St. on April 10th at 11:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund in memory of Ernie Mittemeyer.

Ernie's legacy of love, dedication, and creativity will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. May he rest in peace knowing he touched the lives of many with kindness and grace.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Pacific time)

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego

320 Date St, San Diego, CA 92101

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