Chris Hernandez, age 45, beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, peacefully passed away on September 25, 2023, in Granbury, Texas. He was born on January 1, 1978, in Corsicana, Texas to his loving parents Mitsi and Manuel Hernandez. His departure has left a deep void in the hearts of all who had the privilege to know and love him.
Chris was a man of many talents and wore numerous hats throughout his career. From his exceptional culinary skills as a chef to his artistic flair as a painter and skin artist, Chris’s creativity knew no bounds. He also had a green thumb, finding solace and joy in gardening and taking pictures of beauty in the garden to share with others. He had a lot of knowledge in many different areas and was known to his loved ones as a Jack of All Trades. However, his most enjoyable time was spent acting like a kid with his children as they grew up.
In his leisure times, Chris immersed himself in his hobbies, including painting and drawing, gardening, cooking, and basic tinkering. All these activities brought him immense joy and were a testament to his passion for self-expression. He shared his art with many and these have become a source of comfort and inspiration. He loved to make people laugh and gave hugs freely to all. He was a God fearing man with a kind and gentle heart. Although he had many tribulations through his life, he always turned back to the Lord which was his source of strength.
Chris leaves behind a bereaved family who will forever cherish his memory. He is survived by his mother, Mitsi Guest Pimentel, who will forever hold his spirit close. His stepfather, Joao Pimentel, who supported and loved Chris as his own. Chris’s sisters, Hiromie Hollingsworth and Ashlee Slaymaker, were not only his siblings, but also his dear friends and confidantes while growing up. Christian was so happy when his sister married Mark Hollingsworth and was elated at the birth of his niece Lily. His son Christian Samuel Hernandez (mother Heather Fort), and daughter Skylynn Aurora Hernandez (mother Crystal Liedtke), carry the torch of his legacy into the future. Chris’s father, Manuel Hernandez will cherish the times they had together and remember his first born son with honor and respect. His aunt Norma Hernandez, played a special role in his life, offering guidance and love. His grandchildren Faith, and Maddie (mother Sarah Garza), and Kingston Hernandez (mother Amanda Nadue) will remember him through family stories of their very jovial, artistic, grandfather, that was always cracking jokes and making people smile and laugh. Chris also leaves behind his nephews Devon Slaymaker, Seth Wilkins, and Jayden Mere who will hold dear the memories of their cherished uncle. Chris’s uncle Tim Guest and Aunt Sheila Guest and his cousins Chad and Justin Guest were constants in his life growing up and much loved. Many friends and extended family, too many to name, will miss him dearly.
Chris is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Harue Sugiyama Guest and Edward Leroy “Roy” Guest, paternal grandparents, Aurora and Moses Hernandez, and Stepfather Tim Slaymaker who were all instrumental in shaping his character and values. Chris also mourned the loss of his stepbrother David Pimentel who now rests in eternal peace.
A long time resident of Waxahachie, Chris attended Shackelford Elementary. He attended Waxahachie High School and later Navarro College showing his dedication and belief in higher education.
Chris found solace in his places of worship. Stonewater Church in Granbury, TX and St. Maria Goretti in Arlington, TX . These spiritual communities provided him with comfort, support, and a place of belonging in the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
The passing of Christian Hernandez is mourned deeply by all who knew him. There will be a funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie, TX and following mass, a celebration of life for family and friends at his sister’s home in Waxahachie.