May 15, 1947 - Jan 14, 2016
Carlos Hernandez was born on May 15, 1947 in Hanford, California to parents Marcos and Teresa Hernandez. He passed away in West Sacramento and entered into eternal life on January 14th, 2016 at the age of 68. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family.
As a young boy Carlos grew up with eight siblings, many of which he worked side by side in local fields picking cotton and harvesting fruit. He enjoyed playing football and wrestling, but his real passion was baseball.
He attended Hanford High School and graduated in 1965. His passion for education helped him earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 from Fresno State University, where he majored in Spanish with a minor in History.
In 1970 Carlos married the love of his life, Anna Marie. He was a selfless and caring husband and father. Over four years the couple welcomed two beautiful children, Juan and Marcelina. Carlos was a nurturing father who shared a special bond with each of his children. His children affectionately remember him as a compassionate, patient and loving father who always encouraged and supported them. Carlos shared his love of music and reading with his children through his extensive album and book collection.
The family moved from Fresno to Sacramento in 1980 so that Carlos could accept a position with the State of California as an Education Specialist. Carlos was an accomplished individual who was known for sharing his vast knowledge with his peers. He was highly regarded amongst his colleagues who describe him as a man who possessed professional integrity and dedication. Carlos was an intelligent, loyal, hard-working, individual who loved history and traveling. His favorite travel destination was Mexico where he loved to vacation with his family. He found solace in his backyard garden where he spent many peaceful hours attending to his collection of flowers and plants.
An extraordinary man who was adored by everyone who knew him, Carlos touched many lives in his community with his kindness and friendship. In addition to caring for his family and friends, he was also committed to his community. He was a civil rights activist who led peaceful demonstrations for human rights equality. Carlos regularly demonstrated his passion for helping people by serving as a dedicated supporter of United Farm Workers, Loaves and Fishes and The Salvation Army. Through his passion for education he possessed multiple roles, including Dean and Director at Colegio De La Tierra Community College in Del Rey, California. He administered projects that benefited low-income students from bilingual-bicultural backgrounds by providing them an opportunity to attend post-secondary education.
Carlos is survived by his wife, Anna Marie; children, Juan and Marcelina; daughter-in-law, Evon; grandchildren, Christopher, Salvador, Celina, Isabella and Jake; siblings, Marcos, Benjamin, Ernest and John; his beloved Perez family; and many nieces and nephews who he absolutely adored. He is preceded in death by his parents Marcos and Teresa Hernandez; sisters, Olga, Lucia and Beatrice; and his brother, Andy.
A celebration of life and rosary for Carlos will take place on Friday, January 22nd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at East Lawn Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA 95624. The evening will include a eulogy and time for friends and family to share remembrances of Carlos.
Father O’Connor will be officiating the funeral taking place on Saturday, January 23rd at 11:00am. The Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1333 58th St. Sacramento, CA 95819. Immediately following will be a burial at East Lawn Memorial Park Sacramento, 4300 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819; with a reception to follow at Sacramento’s Masonic Temple, 1123 J St. Sacramento, CA 95814.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Carlos’s life. Condolences may be sent to East Lawn at eastlawn.com.
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA