Originally published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 06:00a.m.

Ernest “Ernie” R. Hernandez, 56, passed away peacefully at his home after a long battle with kidney disease, with his wife by his side, on November 27, 2017 in Prescott, Ariz. Ernie was born on February 2, 1961, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Rachel and Manuel Hernandez. Ernie was a teacher most of his life, and his greatest joy was teaching, mentoring and coaching, whether it was with high school or college students, Cub and Boy Scouts, or football and wrestling athletes. Ernie was always ready for adventure and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. His dream was to hike the Appalachian Trail someday. Ernie loved to cook and was always trying to refine his skills by cooking for his family and volunteering this skill to the community and even trying his hand at running a food truck and restaurant. However, the most important and special attribute of Ernie was his love for his family. He was so very proud of his four children. Ernie is survived by his wife, Jill Hernandez; children, Sabrina, Sandra, Michelle and Daniel; 8 grandchildren, John Jr., Lia, David, Alyssa, Adryan, Adreanna, Gabriel and Tyler; his mother, Rachel; brother, Richard (Cathy) and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Hernandez. Ernie will be missed by all who knew him and is now at peace with his Lord and Savior. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 11 a.m., at The Evangelical Church, 2925 W. Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Reception to follow after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that contributions be made either Yavapai College Foundation - CTEC scholarship program by calling 928-776-2025 or Prescott High School Wrestling program in memory of Ernie Hernandez and attention to Missy Townsend, 1050 Ruth Street, Prescott, AZ 86301. Hampton Funeral Home assisted with the cremation.

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