OBITUARY

Fernando Soriano Fontanilla

May 12, 1955October 13, 2020
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Fernando Soriano Fontanilla, 65, passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2020. He was born on May 12, 1955 at Pagadian Hospital in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur, Philippines to Florentino C. Fontanilla and Crispina S. Fontanilla. To family and loved ones, he was known as “Butch.” He spent most of his life in the Philippines, and traveled back home to spend his remaining days with his loving wife, daughters, and grandkids. Fernando is survived by his wife, Alfrelita; daughters, Crispina Noelle, Christina Nicelle, Criselda Nadine, and Chriszhan Nicole; his sons-in-law, Guillermo, Brian, Raul, and Brian; and his grandchildren, Alfrelene, Zion Emmanuel, Brooklyn Fernando, and Catalina Rose. A funeral service will be held at Palm Southwest Mortuary. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all services are private. Guests who are not able to attend are invited to contact Palm Southwest Mortuary for livestream information.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Biography

Fernando Soriano Fontanilla was known as many things to many people. Loved ones called him Butch, the man of few words. He was the quiet type, a great listener, and always wanted to be just at the background of almost every clan gathering, making sure he doesn’t miss a thing. He was loved by so many.

Fernando was born on May 12, 1955 at Pagadian Hospital in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur, Philippines to Florentino C. Fontanilla and Crispina S. Fontanilla. Fernando was raised in Pagadian City, the youngest of his five brothers, Rogelio, Cesar, Florentino Jr., Romulo, and Carlos; and his four sisters, Aurora, Araceli, Angelina, and Anita. As a young boy, he was quiet but curious about the world, and had a wide range of hobbies, from cockfighting to playing the guitar. This quiet curiosity would stay with him throughout his life.

During his school years, Fernando balanced his academics and social outings. While growing up, some of his best friends were Alex Tumala and Edgar Soriano. He graduated from PJC High School in 1971. Fernando also went on to college, and later graduate school, earning his Doctorate in Medicine from Southwestern University. In adulthood, he became good friends with Lucrecio Valiente, Harty Fuentes, Roland Malingin, Tony Amistad, and Mayor Donjie D. Animas.

On August 23, 1983, Fernando exchanged wedding vows with Alfrelita Hamoy Dalogdog with a civil ceremony in Cebu City. Though he was a quiet man, Fernando was a loyal and loving husband, and was a tough father to his children. He and Alfrelita were blessed with four daughters, Crispina Noelle, Christina Nicelle, Criselda Nadine, and Chriszhan Nicole. They were also blessed with two grandsons, Zion Emmanuel and Brooklyn Fernando; and two granddaughters, Alfrelene and Catalina Rose. His family was rounded out by his daughters’ dogs, who he lovingly considered his “dog-grandchildren.” They were Belly Bella Yamba, Belly Peachy Yamba, Belly Mochi Singson, Rexasaurus “Rex” Irrebaria, Belly Oreo Yamba, and Belly Harley Yamba.

Fernando spent most of his life in the Philippines. A life well spent with his family, friends, and his rooster farm. He traveled back home to spend his remaining days with his loving wife, daughters, and grandkids. A life fulfilled with road trips, great food, and long walks. He found ways to get to know his sons-in-law by watching basketball and football, drinking, and surprising them with his daredevil ways on his motorcycle. He was so proud of his grandkids; the eldest granddaughter was on his 24hr beck and call, and the young ones’ loud and active personalities kept him happy and busy.

Fernando was a family man. In his own way he managed to keep the family together by sharing his time with each and every one of them. While he lived in the Philippines, he would visit different homes in one day. While here in Vegas, he would visit each of his daughters’ homes randomly. Each visit always started off as unexpected, and later turned into a routine. Though little was said and the visits were short, each visit became a source of comfort, enough to break bread and then on to the next home. It was like he wanted to make sure he gave enough moments to everyone he knew. These moments that were little then are so grand now.

Fernando passed away peacefully on October 13, 2020 at home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Alfrelita D. Fontanilla; his daughters, Crispina Noelle F. Yamba, Christina Nicelle F. Gotiangco, Criselda Nadine D. Fontanilla, and Chriszhan Nicole D. Fontanilla; sons-in-law, Guillermo Froilan C. Yamba, Brian Gotiangco, Raul Singson, and Brian Villegas Irrebaria; and his grandchildren, Alfrelene F. Yamba, Zion Emmanuel F. Gotiangco, Brooklyn Fernando F. Gotiangco, and Catalina Rose F. Singson. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary. Fernando was laid to rest at Palm Northwest Cemetery.

Simply stated, Fernando was an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Fernando leaves behind him a legacy of many cherished memories with his family whom he was devoted to. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Fernando Soriano Fontanilla.

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