89, of Huntington Beach, CA, entered eternal life on May 18, 2013. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family and friends.
Louis was born in Purepero, Mexico on June 5, 1923 to Miguel and Mariana Hernandez. He was the eldest of 10 children. His parents moved to the U.S. in pursuit of a better life when Louis was two. They took up roots in Huntington Beach and worked the fields as farm workers. Louis attended Central Grammar School (Dwyer Middle School) where he lettered in both basketball and baseball. After 8th grade he left school to help support the family. He farmed the land behind Utica and Yorktown growing vegetables.
In addition to his devotion to family, Louis loved his country. He entered the U.S. Armed Forces on February 27, 1943 during WWII
. He served in Europe earning both the Purple Heart
and Bronze Star
Following the war Louis met the love of his life, Mary Ortega and was married on August 17, 1952. They were married for 60 wonderful years and raised a family with seven beautiful children.
In 1953 Louis went to work for Alpha Beta as a butcher until 1985. During this time he put his carpentry skills to use and built his family's first home at 708 Yorktown. At age 62 he retired (or so he thought) and began a 2nd career in the restaurant business with family owned Tortilleria Hernandez. Mary and Louis prepared authentic Mexican cuisine from the Michoacán region for 25 years. Outside of work he was actively involved in the church and made time for coaching his youngest son's Little League Baseball team. Louis's other indulgements included gardening, grilling steaks-blackened style, playing Keno in Vegas, reading the newspaper, and watching sports. While he was an avid Laker fan, he could not bring himself to watch their games on TV fearing he would jinx them. Instead as a devoted fan, he would anxiously await the game's outcome (with fingers crossed) by reading about them in the following day's newspaper. Louis also loved traveling the world with his beloved Mary, embarking on 8 cruises; visiting several continents and numerous countries. He was a devoted husband and loved spending time with his family - so much so that the couple brought the entire extended family with them on a Mexican Riviera Cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. He was an exemplary man and the love he showed his family and friends will be cherished forever.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Mariana and Miguel Hernandez, as well as his siblings, Alfonoso and Magdalena Hernandez.
Louis is survived by his dearly loved wife, Mary; their 7 children including Boyd, Mary Muniz, Louie Jr., Michelle Ochoa, Martin, Patrick and Christopher; 23 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 7 siblings; and other family and friends.
Services will take place in Huntington Beach, CA. A Vigil Service will be held Tuesday, May 28 from 5-8 pm at Heritage-Dilday Memorial Services (17911 Beach Blvd.). The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (8345 Talbert Ave.). Burial will follow the funeral at The Good Shepherd Cemetery. Heritage Dilday Memorial Services