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Julio "Joe" Maldonado Hernandez

Julio “Joe” Maldonado Hernandez

The Dalles, Oregon

January 13, 1950 - October 27, 2016

Julio Maldonado Hernandez, 66, of The Dalles, Oregon, passed away on October 27, 2016 in The Dalles.

Julio was born in Crystal City, Texas, son of Julio and Dolores Hernandez on January 13, 1950. He attended public schools in the State of Washington and Oregon and was a graduate of Klickitat High School in 1968 and Columbia Gorge Community College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. He was a veteran of two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, serving in the Army.

Julio married Lucinda “Cindy” Renee Gilcrease Coleman on September 10, 1984, in The Dalles, Ore. They were blessed with four loving children and four adorable grand-children.

Julio loved to paint. He was gifted. He loved chess and everyone who sat down at the table with him knew they were in for a battle. He worked closely with the Latin Club of the Mid-Columbia and attended the Latin Assembly of God in The Dalles, Ore. Whenever possible, riding his motorcycle was always first choice for travel. Gardening has always been an important part of his life and he relished everything he grew and so did everyone else. Reading was a constant joy and auto mechanics came easily for him as there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. His greatest enjoyment has always been ‘family” and for Julio his passion for family activities was always at the top of his priorities.

Julio took his retirement seriously by devoting himself to the Healing Arts as a Registered USUI/Holyfire 2 Reiki Master and a Registered Holyfire Karuna Master, volunteering his time helping individuals regain their health, providing guidance and instruction to others, and providing holistic alternative care for the Mid-Columbia Community.

Julio was an active volunteer for the Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Hospice of the Gorge. As a result of his generous spirit and warm, kind personality, he was loved by many. His life was as beautiful as the garden that he nurtured, grown with tender loving care giving to others freely, that which he knew would bless them with positive energy and good health. He loved life and to everyone who was privileged to know him, his encouragement and inspiration will forever continue in the lives of those he touched. He quietly departed his blessed earthly body on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore. His journey will now continue in the world-to-come.

He was preceded in death by his devoted parents, Julio and Dolores Hernandez, his beloved brother, Paul M. Hernandez, and his endearing nephew, Jonas Hernandez White.

Julio is survived by his loving wife, Cindy R. Hernandez; his cherished children: Towatos Jackson, Mariah Hernandez, Amber Hernandez, and Israel Hernandez of The Dalles, Ore., and his four beautiful grandchildren: Hailei, Mirakle, Jadn, and Forever.

Julio is also survived by his siblings: sister, Aurora H. Hammer (Dennis); sister, Irma H. DeAnda (Manuel); sister, Oriana H. Clark (Richard); brother, David M. Hernandez (Cheryl); sister, Yolanda H. Richardson (Gerry) sister, Rachel H. Murray (Barry); and sister, Rebekah H. Underhill (Brete). He has been blessed with an extended family throughout his life and this would include aunties, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and dear friends.

A visitation was held Tuesday, November 1, at 4-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday November 2 at 9-10:30 a.m. The location is: “Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home” at 1100 Kelly Ave., The Dalles, Oregon.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Life in Christ - Assembly of God (3095 Cherry Heights Rd, The Dalles, Oregon) with Pastor Jepson officiating.
Memorials may be given to “Hospice of the Gorge.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests that plants be given instead. Thank you so much.

Spencer Libby & Powell are in care of arrangements.

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