Originally published Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 05:14p.m.

Ernesto Jose Hernandez Jr. passed away unexpectedly in Kingman, Arizona on March 13, 2020 at the age of 40.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Dyanne; daughter, Ashley; father, Ernie Sr. (Debra); mother, Carrie (Thomas); sisters, Lisa (Phillip), Diane (Aubdon) and Sandra (Phil); in-laws, Roger Marilyn and Ken Horner, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and more.

Ernie was born on Sept. 22, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a graduate of Kingman High School, the class of 1998. In 2001, he met and married the love of his life. They lived in a number of places but ended up residing back in Kingman, Arizona alongside family. Ernie was dedicated in caring for his family and would help anyone in need. He had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up a room.

A celebration of life is tentatively planned for June 26, 2020 at noon at Hope City Church, located at 1850 Gates Ave. #8003, Kingman, AZ, 86401.

The family will keep family and friends informed if this shall change. Please feel free to wear Steelers apparel in honor of Ernie on this day (or another team apparel).