|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2011|
David V. Hernandez of Indio, Calif., 83, passed away in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on March 3, 2011. Born in Beaumont on December 30, 1927, to Frank and Anita Hernandez, he moved to Indio at the age of 14, where he has been a strong community leader for many years. David served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1947 in the Philippines. He married Bessie Corral in Yuma, Ariz., on April 18, 1949. Following his graduation from barber school in Los Angeles, David returned to Indio in 1950 to work for a barber named Mr. Juarez. A self-made man, in 1963 David bought property on Towne Street and built a barber/beauty shop, which he operated with his wife until they retired 46 years later in December of 1994. Though retired from barbering, he remained active, managing his apartments in Coachella, but was looking forward to retirement from this in September. Always a strong proponent for Indio, he was elected to the Indio City Council for two terms, serving as mayor pro tem for one year. Supervisor Corky Larson appointed him to the fair advisory board for the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in 1985, a position he held for eight years, serving as president of the board in 1992. He also served on the board of directors of JFK Hospital for four years. He was a co-founder of Mexican Scholarships, Fiesta del Valle, and the Mexican American Democratic Club in the 1970's; he was also a member of the Indio Downtown Merchants until he retired. While on the city council, David spearheaded the city's purchase of the Tyler property on Miles Avenue for use by the Coachella Valley Historical Society as a museum. The Coachella Valley History Museum has celebrated 28 years of operation at that location. On the occasion of the museum's 25th anniversary, David and Bess were awarded honorary life memberships to the museum in recognition of his leadership in acquiring the museum facility. A strong supporter of numerous civic activities, he was the "founder" of the museum's Mexican-American Heritage Days, celebrated annually at the museum. He is known as the "father/founder" of Indio's International Tamale Festival, an event that has grown larger every year since he started it in 1991, coordinating "the show" out of his barbershop between cuts and shaves. When he and Bess traveled to Alberta, Canada, he returned with the idea that a mural program for Old Town Indio could launch its restoration. It took a few years, but eventually the Indio Chamber of Commerce developed the idea into Indio's Mural Program, of which there are now five. When he wasn't busy dreaming up programs that would enhance the city, he and Bess became world travelers, visiting more than two dozen countries. Besides his beloved wife of 62 years, Bessie, he is survived by three children, Gene Hernandez (Dora), Palm Springs; Christina Flores (Lorenzo), Indio, and Claudia Hernandez, Indio. He was pre-deceased by another son, Gregory, one sister, Sophia Ramirez, Rancho Mirage, and two brothers, Pete Hernandez and Louie Hernandez, Indio. He is also survived by three sisters, Anita Jones, Lake Havasu, Ariz., Trini Olmos, Fresno, and Esther Welker, Cathedral City; five grandchildren, Yreina, Lorenzo II, Esteban, Gregory and Victor; and two great-grandchildren, Bella Corazon and Lorenzo Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to be sent to the Mexican American Heritage Fund at Coachella Valley History Museum, P.O. Box 595, Indio, CA 92202. Viewing will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, 82-975 Requa Ave., Indio, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., with a Rosary held at 6 pm., March 10, 2011; Funeral Mass to be held the following day, March 11, at 11 am, Interment services at the Coachella Valley Cemetery, 82-925 Ave. 50, Coachella, following Funeral Mass.
Published in The Desert Sun on March 9, 2011
Coachella Valley Public Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 23, 2011
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