A 60-year Las Vegas resident, Haupt was born June 3, 1922, in Alliance, Ohio. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-17 and AT10 bomber pilot and flight instructor staying in the active reserve until 1950. He served at Las Vegas Army Airfield (now Nellis Air Force Base), then under the command of General Howard Cannon, former long-time U.S. Senator. On his honeymoon, he flew in his own plane into Las Vegas at George Crockett's Alamo Airways - landing on a dirt runway. After the honeymoon, the couple returned to Ohio. In the spring of 1948 they returned to Las Vegas, beginning a 60-year commitment to Las Vegas. Haupt owned and operated Mayfair X-ray and Laboratories for more than 35 years.
Following his retirement from the medical profession, he became very involved with the United States Golf Association, rating golf courses all over the United States and officiating at golf tournaments. He served as a Golf Rules Official for more than 30 years. Up until his death he served on the Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Board (a park will be named in his honor at a later date). For many years he served on the YMCA Board of Directors and sat as President of the Board for two terms and was a past president of the Las Vegas Exchange Club and was a member for over 53 years. He helped organize the first Senior Golf Association and served four terms as president of the association and state president.
He was past president of the Southern NevadaGolf Association, past president of the Nevada State Golf Association and was named "Amateur Golfer of the Year 1982." He was a past president and 40-year member of the Las Vegas City Golf Board and served as a trustee of the Pacific Coast Golf Association and awarded member emeritus. “Ernie was one of those guys that was always there,” said Stuart Reid, Class of 1991. “He would do anything for you, or in this case for the SNGA. You just couldn't keep Ernie down which can be attested to by the number of plane crashes he walked away from.”
Director, Southern Nevada Golf Association
President, Southern Nevada Golf Association
Director, Nevada State Golf Association
President, Nevada State Golf Association
President, Las Vegas City Golf Board
Member, USGA Regional Affairs Committee
Chairman, SNGA Course Rating Committee
Member, Southern Nevada Golf association Rules Committee