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Ernest “The Faz” Joseph Fazio ’63 was born and raised in San Leandro, the son of Angelina and Ernie Fazio Sr. He was known for his many athletic accomplishments and was inducted into the Saint Elizabeth High School Hall of Fame in 2014. After high school, Ernie received a scholarship to play baseball for SCU, where he as All-American, All District, All Tournament, and All CIBA. In 1962, immediately following the championship game of the NCAA World Series, Ernie was the first player to sign for Houston’s MLB team, the Colt .45s. Ernie was a key player on Santa Clara’s 1962 baseball team that went to the championship game of the College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Nebraska, the only Bronco baseball team to ever play in the CWS. Ernie earned 1st team All-American honors that season and was the first player signed by the new Houston Colt .45s (now Astros) baseball team that summer. He was inducted into the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974. Ernie had a larger-than-life personality and dearly loved his family, friends, and community. He took much pride in raising his daughter and stepsons, coaching youth athletic teams, and simply living life to the fullest. There was never a dull moment when you were with The Faz. Ernie passed away on Dec. 1, 2017, at the age of 75. He battled dementia and Parkinson’s for several years and his loving family fought with him until the end. He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 34 years, daughter Amy (husband Nick Vella), stepsons Todd and Stephen Malone (wife Samara), and grandchildren Nicco, Alivia Vella, and Aiden Malone.