Darin Keith Hernandez, 54, of Parsons passed away peacefully following a long period of declining health on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin. He was surrounded by his loving family, including those in prayer who were unable to be present.
Darin was born March 7, 1965, to Edward Hernandez Sr. and Dorothy (Henson) Hernandez of Parsons.
In 1985, he married Kelley Buddenhagen. They later divorced.
Darin was a lifelong resident of Parsons. He grew up attending Parsons schools, graduating in 1983. His passion in life was baseball. He was an all-star standout, well known for his God-given natural talent, athletic skills and remarkable speed. Affectionately known by his friends and teammates as “Chico,” Darin went on to play baseball at Labette Community College and the University of Arkansas. He was a gifted southpaw who could burn you with a fastball from the mound as well as throw you out at home plate all the way from center field.
Throughout his life, he held various occupations including home health and janitorial services. He also worked as a paraprofessional and a contractor, just to name a few. He enjoyed spending time with his family, eating delicious Mexican food, playing in local softball leagues, listening to all different types of music and watching movies and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan.
He is survived by his daughter, Ashley (Hernandez) Dunlap and her husband, Dane, of Parsons; his son, Darien Hernandez of Atlanta; two grandchildren, Kaison McRay and Ellie Dunlap, both of Parsons; his brother, Edward Hernandez Jr (Julie) of Parsons; two sisters, Ronda Handshy (Brian) of Lawrence and DeEdra Hall (Jay) of Lubbock, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, DeAnna (1958).
Darin’s family has carried out his final wishes. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of a traditional funeral, a celebration of life will be held in his honor at a later date. Details will be announced once those plans have been finalized.
Memorials are suggested to the Darin Hernandez Memorial Fund for Darien’s college education expenses and may be left at or mailed to Commercial Bank, 1901 Main St., Parsons, KS 67357.
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