Augustine "Augie" Perez Hernandez passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at his daughter's house in Surprise, Arizona. Augie was born on August 28, 1913, in Aguas Caliente, Mexico. However, he raised his family in Somerton, Arizona.
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He was preceded in death by his wife Soledad; daughters, Mercedes and Anita; three sons, Richard, Augustine Jr. and Carlos.
Augie is survived by his wife, Micaela Perez Hernandez; brother, Alfonso Hernandez; three daughters, Dolores Tapia, Lydia Ruiz and Martha Sanchez; sons, Andres Hernandez and Mario Hernandez. Augie has a total of 40 grandchildren, 92 great grand children, 34 great, great grand children, and three great, great, great grand children.
Augustine was known throughout the Somerton Valley as a builder of adobe houses, which earned him the nick name of "Mudhen". Many of these houses and buildings still stand today. Some of his work was done at St. Thomas Mission when the bell tower fell and was repaired by Augie, his father and his brother. The grotto at the mission was built by Augie and his father.
His building of homes was not only in the Somerton Valley but also in northern California near the town of King City. In this area he and his father and brothers built the main building of the Peach Tree Cattle Ranch, which still stands today and is in use. When not building houses Augustine worked as a labor contractor for various farming operations such as Thompson Co., Woods Co., Pasquinelli Co., F.H. Hogue Co. and later in life for Levy J. Zenter Co. of Firebaugh, Ca. During World War II, Augie supervised farm crews of both German and Italian POWS. Augustine led a very full life. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Rest in Peace Dad.
Published in The Yuma Sun on Oct. 13, 2012