Ismael Fernandez (1996 - 2017)

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Ismael Ricardo Fernandez
October 5, 1996 - January 27, 2017
Ismael Ricardo Fernandez was born October 5, 1996 in Nampa, Idaho to Alicia Serrano and Ricardo Fernandez Jr. He was raised in Wilder, where he lived with his grandparents Maria and Ricardo Sr. and his sister Mariza.
In first grade, Ismael started his first fundraiser for victims of the Indonesian Tsunami. He started it as a penny drive at Homedale Elementary and it grew to involve Homedale High School. This was also the first time Ismael was written about in a newspaper, The Owyhee Avalanche.
As an elementary student, he wanted to be Santa, Moses, or Noah and then settled on President.
While in elementary school in Homedale he experienced bullying. To get a fresh start Ismael transferred to the Parma School District where he found acceptance and thrived. The bullying had a long-term impact on Ismael, moving him to be an advocate for those being bullied and dealing with depression and other mental health issues. As a freshman in high school he wrote an anti-bullying bill for the Idaho legislature, but the first year it died in committee. The next year, as a sophomore Ismael was the youngest Page for the Idaho House of Representatives. As a Page, he could not work on the anti-bullying bill, but he kept tabs on the process of the bill. While serving as a Page he served the Transportation and the Business Committee.
Ismael was a generous, loving, kind soul who made friends everywhere he went. At Parma High School he was involved in FHLA, LEOS, BPA, Student Board Representative, Singers and was an Honorary Band Booster member. He was also in the All-Northwest Honor Choir. He graduated from Parma High School in 2015. Governor Otter appointed him as a Youth Member of the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission.
Ismael was accepted to and studied at The College of Idaho starting in the fall of 2016.
In November 2016 Ismael was elected to the Wilder City Council. Ismael saw this as the first step in his political career. Ismael planned on being City Council, Mayor, State Representative, State Senator, Governor, Congressman, Senator and finally President. The goal was not personal power, but to make the world a better place for future generations.
While serving on the Wilder City Council he was also a member of the Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors and Executive Board. Recently Governor Otter appointed him to the Suicide Prevention Council.
Ismael loved reading, learning, and asking questions. He loved dancing, he would dance to anything but he especially loved Tejano music and swing dancing. Ismael was a renaissance man and an old soul in a young man's body.
Ismael was preceded in death by his father Ricardo Fernandez Jr. and Paternal Great-Grandparents Jo and Beatriz Elizondo, Maternal great-grandparents. He is survived by his mother Alicia Serrano, grandparent Maria and Ricardo Fernandez Sr., Javier and Guillermina Sanchez, siblings Mariza Fernandez, Christian Sanchez, Daniela and Aidan Serrano, Uncle Elias and Aunt Christina Oropez and their daughters, and numerous extended family.
There will be a viewing Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 5 - 8 pm and a Rosary at 7 pm at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell. The funeral service will be Friday, February 3, 2017, at 10:30 am also at Our Lady of the Valley. Condolences can be given at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 1, 2017