August 12, 1985 ~ May 26, 2021

Born in: Fairfield, California
Resided in: Dublin, California

Jose de Jesus Hernandez III, age 35 of Dublin, California, taken too soon, May 26, 2021.

Always loved, forever missed, but never forgotten Jose de Jesus Hernández III was born in Fairfield, California, the adored son of and raised by Karrey Benbow and Jose de Jesus Hernandez II, step-mother Tammy Hernandez and step-father Roy Benbow.

Jose became an exceptional young man growing up in the East Bay, graduating from Valley Christian School in Dublin, California, surrounded by family and friends.  Jose loved our lord Jesus Christ, blossoming Christian faith. He nurtured a lifelong passion for all things technical and mechanical. Jose ably combined his passions and inquisitive mind, eventually connecting with other enthusiast in the motorcycle and car world. He was an avid rider (Member, Ducati Midnight Club), driver, and builder of high-performance machines. Able to, design it, build it, repair it and “SEND IT”.  Spreading his mechanical knowledge, he was known for his relentless willingness to help others throughout his large and trusted community of friends, and anyone who needed a helping hand. His nine-year career at the VTA, was another example of his brilliant mind, as he left a legacy of high work ethic, and innovative tools he created to improve rail system maintenance. His zest for a life well lived extended over many interests from flying drones, 3D printing, playing and coaching soccer, wake boarding to snowboarding, playing guitar to videography, leading worship in church, the joy of a sunset, and the rise of a new day.

Jose was survived by his mother, Karrey Benbow and step-father Roy Benbow, of San Ramon, CA, father, Jose de Jesus Hernandez II and step-mother Tammy Hernandez, of Fremont, CA.

He is also survived by his sisters Tanya Hernández of Mendocino, CA, and Eva Hernandez of Fremont, CA. Grandparents, Jose de Jesus Hernandez I of Mexico City, Mexico, Maria Elena Munoz of Arándas, Mexico, Karl J. Albert (papa), of Grants Pass, OR and Earl DeCaccia, of Fremont, CA. His step sisters Jennifer Gutierrez (Phillip) of Tracy CA, and Serena Mcteer (Justin) of Glendora, CA. He will be forever loved by his nieces and nephews Ethan Foster, Elijah Hernandez, Maya Gutierrez, Phillip Gutierrez, Kaylie Mcteer, Justin Mcteer and Tyler Mcteer. His memory and goodness will forever dwell in the hearts of his many uncles, aunts and cousins here in California and Mexico.

He will remain in the hearts of so many friends in the community and fellow co-workers in the VTA who lost so much that terrible day. The family grieves for their loss as well.

Jose was preceded in passing by his sister Maria Hernandez, grandmother Peggy Ann Albert, and grandmother Maria DeCaccia.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday June 9, 2021 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont blvd., Fremont, CA 94538.

Please join the family June 19th, 2021, at 1:00 in the afternoon as they gather to celebrate the joy of loving and having Jose de Jesus Hernandez III in their lives.

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  1. CandleI will cherish the adventures we had together. You were certainly the big brother I looked up to.
    You will be forever loved and missed.


  2. CandleDearest Nephew,

    I can not find the words. My heart is breaking for our family. You were such an extraordinary human that touched so many lives just being you.

    Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
    Much Love, Aunt Laura & Uncle Ken Cooper

  3. Sending prayers that God will send his healing angels to be with you all during this most difficult time.
    I never met Jose but I walked the Streets of San Francisco with him, his mother and aunt before he made his appearance in this world.
    Such a beautiful tribute written about him!

  4. CandleYou will truly be missed @ Dr.Okazaki’s office Jose.
    All of our hearts hurts for you all !! May our God wrap His arms around each and everyone of you , give you all peace, strength and comfort !!
    We will miss that beautiful smile of yours..

  5. CandleYou are so loved! In our hearts! We know you are enjoying your time with Jesus!! Can’t wait to see you again!!

  6. CandleJose,

    There is so much I wished I had told you when you were here. How much comfort I felt when you were around. That no matter how risky the adventure we were on, I felt safe with you. I knew that no matter the mess, you would know what to do. Even in all the messes I made myself, you helped me put it back together and make me look like I did it on purpose. You taught me a lot about self confidence by exemplifying it. The phrase you said to get me to push myself farther was, “what’s the worst that could happen? And if that happens, you’ll figure it out”. You had so much faith in me; more than I had in myself. I can’t tell you how many times already I’ve thought to call you…to hang out, to help me with my stupid water heater, to go on an adventure, to discuss which cryptocurrency to invest in…..I know that urge to call you won’t go away and I don’t want it to. It reminds me of you and I’ll now welcome the issues around the house or my car just to think of what you would challenge me to fix on my own. You leave a heck of void here on earth Jose. I hope you’re “SENDING IT” on a wakeboard, snowboard or Ducati in heaven. And until I see you again, I’ll be attempting to make your tomatillo salsa as good as you did, enjoy some Arnold Palmers, drive a little faster, turn more wrenches, celebrate little victories, carve on my toes and sing a little louder to “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling”. You’re missed and loved so much. Party it up with Jesus until I get there.

    Love, Natasha

  7. CandleGood morning Son❤️
    Missing you like crazy 💕 Missing the sound of your voice, you playing the guitar 🎸and sound of you pulling up on your bike🏍 “Send it”
    Love you mom💕

  8. CandleJose,
    Missing you every hour, every day. You were my present and my future. I’ll forever cherish the few years we had together. I am so grateful to have known you, and you will always & forever have a special piece of my heart.

    Stay cool Mavrick.


  9. CandleMy deepest sympathies. Jose was such an amazing young man with a zest for life and love for family, God and friends. His smile was so infectious and he has now joined the angels. Rest In Peace. You will be missed. Karen

  10. CandleJose, working with you was so cool, you exemplified so much knowledge and i always told you how smart you were. I remember you telling me you wanted to test for electro mechanic and i was so excited for you and told you that it would be so good for you, more challenging and that you’d pass the test with no problem! You left friends behind on the bus side too and are missed deeply buddy.

  11. CandleIt’s so hard to write this because I still can’t believe it’s real. Over the years you became a family member to me, Brent and our kids…and words cannot capture how much we will miss – from the laughter and deep conversations, to raiding the chocolate in our pantry, there are so many moments that we will never forget. It’s not a surprise to see how many people love you because you are truly a special person. Thank you for all the memories and time spent with us. Your room will always be your room. We’ll miss you always.

  12. CandleJose, you shone for many; a light to guide the way.
    Happy memories of you remain to help us through the day.
    You are missed; you are loved…you will forever be remembered.
    Your talents, laughter, love, and faith were always loudly heard!
    Thanks for your contributions, thoughtfulness, generosity, and fun!
    Thanks for loving your family and friends and for making those Ducatis run!

  13. CandleTo the sweetest man I have ever known;

    The moment I met you I knew you were something so so special. How lucky am I to have had that flat tire in front of my apartment? Since it led me straight to you, or should I say your garage. From that day on I knew you were put into my life for a reason. You my sweet love, have the most generous heart and relentless compassion to help others. From the moment I found out about this horrific tragic day, my heart has felt so incomplete. I miss hearing your calm/guiding voice, I miss seeing that beautiful face on FaceTime, I miss you in your garage, or playing me guitar. I’m still trying to even process that you really are gone, since you were my person, and have been the past two years. The good, the bad, the exciting; you were who I called. I miss your consistent guidance in my life, and how relentlessly patient you always were with me. So many hours spent on the phone while I road tripped across the country with you on the other end of the line, to make me smile/laugh or just made sure I got home safe. Thank you for taking me on my very first and second motorcycle ride, for always zipping up my jacket, and for making me feel so safe on and off a motorcycle. Thank you for spoiling me with your amazing cooking, and for picking up my phone call no matter what.
    Thank you for showing me and reminding me what it feels to be truly loved/appreciated by a man as unbelievable as you.

    I will love you always my wild man
    -Carmen SanDiego
    (Your favorite NY Travel Nurse)

  14. CandleSon,
    Missing you so much! We’re planning your Life Celebration 💝
    It’s been extremely difficult 😞 Never in my lifetime did I expect to be doing this 😭 My mommies heart / emotions are shattered into a million tiny pieces 😭
    I pray you are spending time with your little sister Maria🙏💝and Gamma Peggy❤️
    I love you forever

  15. CandleMay you Rest In Peace! I only had met you when you were very little and then lost contact with your mom! I’ve been looking for her for quite a few years! Lord please wrap your arms around her and the family to help them through this tragic time and let them know that they are all loved by many!
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you!

  16. CandleHi Son,
    Today we went to Thunderhill just for you! We played Top Gun sound track did 2 Victory Laps Dedicated to you!
    I rode with Andy on Bumble Bee, Dad rode your bike, Eva rode with Mike. It was a great day! You are loved and missed by all the guys. I introduced myself to Dave Moss. He said you were one incredible human! Excellent Rider!
    I love you son💕 Mom


  17. CandleMy One and Only Son💕
    Today we went to Thunderhill just for you! We played Top Gun sound track did 2 Victory Laps Dedicated to you!
    I rode with Andy on Bumble Bee, Dad rode your bike, Eva rode with Mike. It was a great day! You are loved and missed by all the guys. I introduced myself to Dave Moss. He said you were one incredible human! Excellent Rider!
    I love you son💕 Mom


  18. CandleMy heart is broken 💔. I’m so very sad 😭. Jose was alway their when needed or just to talk. I couldn’t have asked for a better Amazing Son-In-Law. Our Lord took you from us to soon. As my son said our Lord needed another Amazing Angel. Jose will never be forgotten, he will remain in my Heart forever. My Heartfelt condolences and Love goes out to all of Jose’s family and friends.

  19. Missing you a little extra today, flying into SF for your celebration of life, have you on my mind today and most days.


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