Juan L. Hernandez, Sr., 54, of Sunnyside, passed away at his home Saturday, May 6, 2006, joining his Heavenly Father and family members in Heaven.
He was born Aug. 26, 1951 to Jose Guadalupe and Manuela (Loera) Hernandez in Glendale, Ariz. In 1974, he married Marta Hernandez in Yakima. Following their marriage, they made their home in Sunnyside. Juan worked in farming for over 25 years. He worked for Visser Farms and was currently employed with Zediker Farms. He attended the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. He was also a sponsor for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
Juan was a man of all trades; he was a structured hard worker and encouraged strong work ethics. He was loyal and devoted to his family and friends. He enjoyed maintaining his yards and cars neat and clean, especially his 1964 Chevy Fleetside half-ton pickup and 1953 Power Glide. Juan loved to listen to oldies and Spanish music and dance to cumbia and merengue. He enjoyed watching positive life television (Joel Olsteen). He lived life to the fullest, enjoying nature and cherished all the time spent with his family. He enjoyed the simple life. A perfect day for him would be spending time with his family on a cool breezy day, barbecuing and playing with his grandchildren. He loved to make tamales, buñelos and be the family barbecuer.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marta Hernandez; his two sons, Juan L. Hernandez Jr. and his wife, Eva Hernandez, and Adrian Hernandez; his two daughters, Angelica Hernandez and companion, Jaime Avalos, and Lorinda Hernandez and companion, Clemente Reyes; and five grandchildren, all of Sunnyside. He is also survived by his father, Jose Guadalupe Hernandez; two brothers, Ramon Hernandez and Jose Guadalupe Hernandez of California; and four sisters, Amelia Hernandez of Oregon, Celia Avita of Texas, Maria Elena Hernandez of California, Rosa Hernandez of New Mexico and numerous relatives.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Manuela; and one brother, Alberto Hernandez.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.