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Kiko Hernandez - December 19, 2012


Manuel “Kiko” Francisco Hernandez, 31, of Ovid, originally of Belfry, Mont., died Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in a motor vehicle accident.

Colorado State Patrol received a call about the collision at about 11 a.m. Dec. 19 about four miles north of Holyoke on Highway 385. At about that time, Kiko Hernandez and Wesley Prottsman were traveling south on Highway 385 in a 1999 Chevy pickup. There was very poor visibility due to high winds and blowing snow, according to the CSP report.

The two were traveling in the northbound lane as a 1999 International semi-truck was traveling north. The semi collided with the pickup head-on and both vehicles went off the west side of the roadway.

Kiko was born June 26, 1981 in Powell, Wyo. to Manuel and Nelda Hernandez who lived in Belfry, Mont. at the time. Kiko graduated from Belfry High School in the year 2000. He lived in Ovid and worked as a harvester and roofer and supervised the family scrap metal business, Hernandez Scrap Iron.

Kiko was a lover of life, family, all Chevys and John Deere—old or new, but especially old—his animals and much more. His enthusiasm for life was untouchable, and he always had a smile and a ready hand to help anyone that crossed his path. Family was Kiko’s number-one priority, always taking pride in seeing them do better for themselves or others.

He lived life by the moment and took pride in everything he did, from working hard to playing harder, telling stories about fun times or the hunting and fishing adventures that would bring the listener into the moment. He will always be missed by the ones he shared the memories with—not just memories, but adventures and good times.

Kiko will never be forgotten, always missed and forever loved; there is not enough time, words or space to describe the man he was.

Kiko is missed, loved and survived by his father, Manuel E. Hernandez; mother, Nelda Hernandez; sister, Chandra Owen; brother, Scott Alan Blanton; grandfather, Pancho Francisco Hernandez; nieces and nephews, Amber Hernandez, Luis “Chuck” Hernandez Jr., Tony Hernandez and Adam Owen and families; great-nieces and nephews, Karma Kramer, Isabella Hernandez and baby girl Hernandez, T.J. Kramer, Luis “Carlos” Hernandez III, Gavin Kramer and Cruz Belgrade; and other family members from Mexico, Colorado and Montana.

The family would like to send their condolences to the Prottsman family. A friend of Kiko’s was a friend of theirs.

The family would like to invite all of Kiko’s friends to come celebrate his life on Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holyoke.