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People’s Funeral Chapel

501 North Douty Street, Hanford, CA

OBITUARY

Sergio Anthony "Duke" Espinoza

September 5, 1982January 4, 2020
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Sergio Anthony Espinoza, 37 was born on September 5, 1982 in Visalia, CA to Bobby Mancha Espinoza and Juanita Raquel Rossel.

Sergio was a die hard San Francisco 49er fan, whose life was cut short after his 2 month battle with End Stages of Melanoma. Sergio passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 4, 2020.

Sergio was preceded in death by his infant Jesse Espinoza who will be laid to rest with Sergio. He was also preceded in death by a sister Susanna Espinoza, maternal grandparents Candelaria and Rogelio Rossel, paternal grandparents Olga Ortega and Abraham Espinoza.

He is survived by his 4 sons Sergio Jr. and Jacob of Goshen, Inez and Joziah of Visalia, his parents Bobby Espinoza and Juanita Howard, stepfather Jack Howard. His siblings Bobby Espinoza, Jennifer Espinoza, Carlos Contreras and Candelaria Contreras also survive him. He also leaves his fiancé Darlene Negrete as well as many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who all loved him.

Sergio was known and loved for the way he protected his family. Sergio considered his nieces and nephews as his own children. Throughout the years he had some real life struggles but he made the best out of every situation. Sergio was someone we family and friends could call on. If Sergio loved you, you were family.

Duke, our Soldier!

  • FAMILY

  • Bobby Mancha Espinoza, Father
  • Juanita Raquel (Rossel) Howard, Mother
  • Jack Howard, Stepfather
  • Jesse Espinoza, Infant (deceased)
  • Sergio Espinoza Jr., Son
  • Jacob Espinoza, Son
  • Inez Espinoza, Son
  • Joziah Espinoza, Son
  • Darlene Negrete, Fiancé
  • Candelaria and Rogelio Rossel, Maternal Grandparents (deceased)
  • Olga Ortega and Abraham Espinoza, Paternal Grandparents (deceased)
  • Susanna Espinoza, Sister (deceased)
  • Bobby Espinoza, Brother
  • Jennifer Espinoza, Sister
  • Carlos Contreras, Brother
  • Candelaria Contreras, Sister
  • He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who all loved him.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bobby Ray Espinoza
  • Oscar Espinoza
  • Sergio Espinoza Jr.
  • Elijah Jones
  • Anthony Espinoza
  • Juan Gumataotao
  • Art Ramos
  • Harvey Abila
  • Mario Arredando
  • Bobby Espinoza Sr., Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020

Memories

Sergio Anthony "Duke" Espinoza

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Sergio Espinoza,Jr.

January 15, 2020

Still remembering when I last saw you happy,laughing,smiling and I won't ever forget it. Remember me and you making fun of each other during football games and calling each others teams trash and saying they will lose everytime. Remember watching movies and football on Sundays every week or calling you when the 49ers lost to make fun of you. But while we were with each other through time I love spending time with you because you made me feel good and laugh all the time. And I'll never forget you no matter what. I'll never forget how you couldn't say Chipotle and you will always get mad when I ask you to say it one more time.

Rosana Rossel

January 14, 2020

Thank you mijo Sergio for allowing me to go see you while you were at the hospital. It gave me the opportunity to see your handsome face, gorgeous smile, hear you laugh, feel your loving hug, but most of all hear you say "I love you Tia". Those were the most beautiful words to my ears.
I was so full of joy that you came to know your Lord and Savior on a deeper level, were baptized to ensure your eternal salvation and had become a wonderful example of Gods love. Through this tragedy family, friends and others have come to know, love, believe and have faith in the Lord because of you. You have left us your legacy of endurance to the very end. Though your physically body is no longer with us, your spirit lives on into eternity. You are an inspiration. We will never forget you. FAMILY ALWAYS❤ You are forever in my heart❤.
Love ALWAYS in this life and the next Auntie NaNa🌹

Rosana Rossel

January 14, 2020

Thank you mijo Sergio for allowing me to go see you while you were at the hospital. It gave me the opportunity to see your handsome face, gorgeous smile, hear you laugh, feel your loving hug, but most of all hear you say "I love you Tia". Those were the most beautiful words to my ears.
I was so full of joy that you came to know your Lord and Savior on a deeper level, were baptized to ensure your eternal salvation and had become a wonderful example of Gods love. Through this tragedy family, friends and others have come to know, love, believe and have faith in the Lord because of you. You have left us your legacy of endurance to the very end. Though your physically body is no longer with us, your spirit lives on into eternity. You are an inspiration. We will never forget you. FAMILY ALWAYS❤ You are forever in my heart❤.
Love ALWAYS in this life and the next Auntie NaNa🌹

Breanna Espinoza

January 14, 2020

Rest in paradise tio.. This is so unreal to me.. Im so sorry for everything. I wish I would have spent more time with you ;/ i love you with all my heart , i hope youre dancing in the sky with fea <3

Martha Gutierrez

January 13, 2020

1997 fat as a walrus pregnant with my fat boy Bobby Ray. Lazier than a sloth on a 20 hour nap binge & hungrier than a pig waiting to be waited on... but no one around to please my terrible habits. No one, except Duke. When there was a mouse jumping on my curtain while sleeping then screaming my lungs out, there was Duke racing after it. When I needed mac n cheese with pepper, there was Duke cooking up a storm. Or When I needed a laugh, there was duke doing something ridiculous...You dont realize how much a person impacts you, until your dancing around your house with your kids and underwear on your head, just to see a smile on their face. That was Duke to me...Thanks for being such an amazing soul and loving us like you did. -Martha

Monique Rossel

January 13, 2020

From our Facebook conversations most of the time and the times I came to talk with you when you were in the hospital. I’ll regret not trying to reach out when you went MIA. Had we stayed in contact maybe we would have been closer. But being FAMILY is more then enough! Your so strong minded, funny, and the greatest warrior I know. We were All so lucky to have a YOU, Sergio.

Roselva Rossel- Castillo

January 13, 2020

Much of my memories of you are when we were little, me chasing you after you hit me and ran lol. As we got older, we had our own families and rarely seen each other after that. The last memory I have of you is you telling me that we were going to fight for our babies when you found out I was diagnosed with cancer. You said we can't leave our babies. Now your gone and I'm left here fighting for mine. I love you mijo and God knew I needed to hear that. I won't question but I hurt for your babies, your wife, mother, father step father and siblings. It's like you were here for a moment and made a huge impact on all of us. May you rest and peace and rejoice in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Forever my beloved nephew Sergio "Duke" Espinoza

Janet Grana

January 13, 2020

Janet Grana

January 13, 2020

Rose Rossel

January 11, 2020

Sadly I don’t have a lot of pics with mijo, but this is one when we went to Arizona to bury my brother Rolando in Jan 1998. Mijo has his arm around me, I will forever miss u nephew may you Rest In Peace. You’re no longer suffering

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