Casa Grande lost one of its outstanding citizens on March 27 with the death of David Hernandez. The longtime educator made a major impact in his field and also through public service in other ways.

The native Texan served in the Army Airborne, then attended college and became a teacher. He and his wife, Clotilde, moved to Casa Grande in the 1960s and taught in the Casa Grande Elementary School District while raising four sons. Dave went on to become principal of Palo Verde Elementary School and then Mesquite Elementary School when it opened in 1994.

He was active in the Sunrise Optimist Club, which is heavily involved in serving youth. He also served on the city of Casa Grande’s Planning and Zoning Commission, helped start Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley, was an active church member and a member of Elks and other organizations. During his decades in Casa Grande, he touched the lives of countless young people, and he received top honors from the school district and Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce. His service continued long after his retirement from education.

Citizens like Dave Hernandez help make a community outstanding.

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