by Amanda Egan
Carlos “Ernie” Granillo, a dedicated 10-year University of La Verne employee, died Saturday night. He was 53.
Mr. Granillo worked at the ULV mail center and was known as a friend to the students on campus.
The mail center window where he greeted students daily with a smile is now closed and a candle burns on the outside in his memory. A card is placed next to the candle and has students’ signatures and thoughts written in remembrance. A sign on the window says, “We remember Ernie as a passionate and caring friend.”
While working in the mail center, Mr. Granillo would often exemplify his artistic character by listening to diverse music such as rhythm and blues and alternative rock.
Hilary Hahn, a senior theater major, said Mr. Granillo delivered her mail to her for four years in the theater department so she did not have to pay the fee to get a new key.
“He would always slip theater magazines into my mail for me and photography and deejay magazines into my friends’ mailboxes. He would do it with things he knew we were in to,” Hahn said.
Mr. Granillo spent his free time painting murals and portraits, writing music, playing electric and classical guitar, viewing art and drawing. He loved the outdoors and rode his bicycle to campus.
“When I would see him around campus he would always be curious and excited,” said Jane Dibbell, associate professor of theater arts.
“He loved the University and said it had such a rich environment. He was always very supportive,” she said.
He was in many theater productions including “Don Juan,” “Naughty Marietta,” “Pericles” and “The Unreasoning Mask.”
Before joining the ULV community, Mr. Granillo spent time in different parts of California. He grew up in a part of Los Angeles called El Sereno and attended Cathedral High School, near Dodger Stadium.
After high school, Mr. Granillo moved to Northern California and worked for a lily bulb farm in Smiths River, a small town 12 miles from the Oregon border. But, he eventually moved back to Southern California and then to La Verne.
“He was always happy and making the most of every day,” Dibbell said.
A video tribute will be held for Mr. Granillo in Dailey Theatre today at noon and students will have a chance to share memories and experiences of him. Clips of Mr. Granillo’s theater productions will be shown and a folk band will perform as a tribute to a dream he had of bringing folk music to the University.
Contributions can be made in Mr. Granillo’s memory to University Relations.