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Dakota James Fernandez

01/09/1992 - 11/26/2014
Service Date: 12/12/2014
Service Time: 4:00 PM

Dakota James Fernandez, 22, of Gilbert, Arizona became an angel on November 26, 2014.  Dakota was born on January 9, 1992 and raised in Gilbert, AZ alongside his siblings and family. Dakota was a bright shining star while on this earth; he lived life to the fullest and was always eager to share his brilliant bright smile with anyone he encountered. He had a true passion for life and carried with him a sincere, kind heart of gold.

Dakota is survived by his parents Natalie Hill and Roderick Fernandez of Mesa; twin siblings Greysen and Cheyenne Fernandez as well as the love of his life, Karissa Acosta and their beloved son, Koda Fernandez. He is also survived by grandparents Richard and Cruz Fernandez and Richard Hill and Sharon Cooper, as well as a lengthy list of aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements are being handled by Bunker University Chapel in Mesa. Memorial will be held on Friday, December 12th at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, his friends and family ask that for donations to Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue Center, for Dakota was an advocate of rescuing animals that had been abused. Friends4Life is another animal rescue he followed, and donations to these organizations will benefit other animals to find a forever home.

Dakota’s never ending zest for life and big beautiful brown eyes that glimmered with liveliness and playful mischief will forever be missed. The beautiful memories we all have of Dakota will forever and ever stay in our hearts. He loved fishing, and snowboarding and anything that allowed him to be outside with the sun shining down on him. Dakota will be missed greatly, but not forgotten as his son has inherited his beautiful smile and eyes that showed so much passion for life.


  • Julie, Christopher, Zachary, & Eliz Krueger

    Dear Natalie, kids, and family,

    We are truly saddened by the sudden loss of Dakota and the sorrow and disbelief you all must feel. There are no words to express our thoughts and feelings and only wish we could take your pain away. We want to send our most heartfelt condolences and let you all know that we are here for you. If there is anything we can do, please consider calling us. We care about your family very much. You are all in our prayers.

    God bless you and your family.

    The Krueger family

  • Simon, Julie & Christen Lukert

    Please know you are in our hearts every single moment, and we so wish you didn’t have to go through this pain. Dakota’s passion and zest for life will be remembered by everyone who knew and loved him. We wish all the family love and comfort. Love, The Lukerts

  • Don and Diane Jones

    Dakota’s presence in “the hood” will be greatly missed. He was always so pleasant and kind. He is in the hands of our Lord now. Our condolences and prayers are with you Rod and Natlie, Cheyenne, Greysen and the rest of Dakota’s family and many friends
    Don and Diane Jones

  • Kristen McCurdy

    Beautifully written for a Beautiful soul!!! There was no other like Dakota, his personality and heart were definitely one of a kind and heaven truly gained an angel.. RIP sweet boy! Love you!! <3

  • Jessica Anzures

    Dakota, you are dearly missed but will never be forgotten. I’ve had the honor of knowing you for a few years. You were always the life of the party. Always knew how to cheer people up and make them smile. You always had a smile on your face. You met the love of your life, my cousin Karissa Acosta. And you both had a beautiful son Koda. He has a lot of you in him. I always told you, you were part of this family. You still are! I still can’t believe you are gone. I’m so deeply saddened that Koda won’t have you physically here, but we will all share the good stories we’ve had with you. You may have been fighting your own demons inside, but that never changed the fact how much you are loved. My deep condolences to your immediate family, your mom Natalie, dad Rod, twin siblings Cheyenne and Greysen. You were a great man and great father. We know you’d do anything for them, along with Karissa and baby Koda. We miss you so much, but will never forget you. R.I.P. Dakota James Fernandez. You are forever in our hearts.

  • Michelle Bergevin & Cody Crubaugh

    Too have known Dakota was a true blessing. He was a bright and free spirit who laughed at life. Living it his way. My heart and prayers go out to Natalie, Rod, Greyson, Cheyenne and family. I will forever love him as family. Cody misses him everyday he was his brother. We love you Dakota!!

  • Jennifer and Martin Richards

    You will be forever missed. We will keep your memory alive and zest for life to Koda. We have so many pictures of you and memories that we will keep and share with your son Koda. You will always be in our hearts and greatly missed! We send condolences Natalie, Rod, Greyson, Cheyenne and family, plus our darling daughter Karissa who misses you so much. You were so loved Dakota!

  • Dear Natalie and family, thank you for this very touching tribute to Dakota. I still can’t believe he’s gone. I’m so glad you have your precious grandson close and to help you remember all the good times. Please know that I’m with you in spirit for the services tomorrow and you are always in my heart. Love you so much! Ana

  • I wasn’t familiar with koda but I know his family. My love goes to all of you. There is nothing in the world like what you are experiencing. May he rest in paradise.

  • To Dakota’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from Jehovah God’s promises in the Bible. Revelation 21: 3, 4 and John 5: 28, 29 show that there will soon be a time when there will be no more pain, sickness, or death, and we will see the loved ones we have lost again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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