Rene Hernandez

July 14, 1947May 30, 2019

Rene "Uncle" Hernandez, 71, joined his parents Juan and Cristina Carstens Hernandez, his son Rene Jr. and his nephew Francisco in Heaven on May 30, 2019. Rene was born July 14, 1947 in Santiago, Chile, the middle child of five brothers. Rene immigrated to the United States in 1978, became a citizen in 1996, and worked for the County of Los Angeles for 40 years.

Rene had a penchant for putting a smile on the face of every person he talked to, his humor knew no end, and he had a genuine appreciation for the small things in life. Rene always went out of his way to make sure you knew he appreciated and loved you. Rene could be relied on for any favor small or large, from babysitting, picking up his nieces, nephews, and grandkids from school, dog sitting, or being a shoulder to lean on. Rene loved family gatherings and was always the life of the party.

He is survived by his wife, Viviana "Loree", his sons, Leonardo, Enrique (Sylvia), Pablo, Esteban, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, his brothers, Juan (Dolores), Pedro, Enrique (Ann), Carlos (Maria) and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at Antelope Valley Hospital and the National Prion Disease Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

The family graciously ask that donations be made to National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center or UCSF Health Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in Rene's name.


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Kevin Coyne

June 20, 2019

I first met Rene Sr. On trip to California with his now deceased son Rene Jr. His hospitality was endless and made me feel right at home. Even though he could only partially understand me, there was like an instant connection. It was evident when he flew to Washington for his son Rene Jr. He saw me and just smiled. He was so grateful for the friendship I had with his son and the special love I have for Rene's kids, his grandchildren. He was so thankful for all the help I gave him and the family setting up the cremation process for his son. I will miss seeing his smiling face