Desmon V. "Dez" Fernandez, 79, of Sandusky, passed away early Monday evening, Oct. 15, 2007, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 12, 1928, in Erie, Pa., and was a longtime native of Sandusky. Mr. Fernandez received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo and in 1970 received a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. Dez became well known in the Sandusky Elementary School system as an innovative and admired teacher. His teaching career included the Sycamore School where he headed the 100th year celebration in 1976. He also served the "old" Venice School. He was the principal of the Hancock School for a number of years and in retirement he taught adult reading. He was in love with teaching and was loved by students, parents and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by all who enjoyed his friendship.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Marian (Donald) Hamm of Toledo; brother-in-law, Paul (Paulette) Ekey of Rossford, Ohio; three nieces;and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marjorie (Ekey) Fernandez, whom he married in 1960; and he suffered the loss of his son, David V. Fernandez on Sept. 13, 2007.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until services at 10 a.m. in Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. The Rev. Ernest G. Matijasic will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
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Arrangements entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home, Sandusky.