Jose Maria Hernandez
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Jose Maria Hernandez, 83, passed away Thursday, July, 24, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born in Salina, KS to Ramon and Carmen Hernandez; he lost his mother at a very young age and was raised by his father and stepmother, Victoria.
Jose Hernandez graduated from Salina High School in 1949 where he participated on the wrestling team and played football. After graduation, he attended carpentry school and worked on the Salina railroads.
Jose joined the Army in 1953 and had a career of 20 years serving various duties that included being a minesweeper, carpenter and engineer before retiring as a Sergeant First Class. His service included tours in Vietnam where he survived the TET Offensive and the Korean War. During Jose's time in the military, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. While stationed in Korea, Jose met the love of his life, Yong Nan Kim and they were married in 1957.
After settling on the Monterey Peninsula, Jose served for 20 years as a civil service carpenter and construction foreman at Fort Ord. Upon retirement from this position he was employed by Monterey Peninsula College in the Campus Security (transportation) Department where he enjoyed interacting with his many riders.
Jose was an avid San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan and faithfully watched every game. He enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, movies, game shows, and always loved attending a good party. When Jose flashed his great smile, his sense of humor and charm could not be resisted. He looked forward to his daily visits with his son Vincent and their occasional trips to the movie theater. Jose also enjoyed his regular visits with longtime friends, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fuller and from his niece, Rosemary Barrios along with her family.
He was a loving and devoted husband, hard worker and excellent provider for his family. He and his wife Yong always stressed the importance of getting a college education, hard work and punctuality. Through their hard work and perseverance they were able to put each of their three children through college.
Jose was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Yong in 2013 and his sister, Mary Camerena.
He is survived by his son, Vincent (Clarissa) of Salinas; grandchildren, Richard of Davis, Joseph of San Luis Obispo and Marissa of Salinas; daughter, Maria (Vitaly) of Bay Point and another son, Luis (Roberta) of Danville; grandchildren, Tamara, Anthony and a great-grandchild, Jason; his brothers, Robert and Raymond, both of Salina, KS and sisters; Isabel Hernandez of Valley Center, KS and Margaret Hearn of Napa; numerous nieces and nephews
Jose truly enjoyed his residence at the Villa Serra Assisted Living Facility in Salinas over the past two years, particularly the staff and fellow residents.
The family would like to thank all of Jose's caregivers at Villa Serra along with his personal caregivers that he had over the years, which included Elizabeth Vera, Amy Garner, Kayla Shinneman, Amor Sorius and Glenda Samson for the extreme compassion and care they showed Jose over the past years. His days were more comfortable and brighter because of each one of them.
Services have been held.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the
or the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.
Arrangements by Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal St., Salinas, 831-424-9700.
Online condolences: www.altavistamortuary.com
Alta Vista Mortuary
41 East Alisal Street Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2014