Anastasio “Pete”~”Pedro” Fernandez, 76, a resident of Gooding, passed away on November 28, 2022 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Meridian.
Anastasio was born May 9, 1946 in La Lastra, Cantabria (Santander), Spain, the son of Estaban Fernandez and Jesusa Gonzalez.
He was raised and educated in La Lastra. He was the fifth child of six children. He worked very hard at a young age raising cattle in the steep Cantabrian/Pyrenees mountains of northern Spain. He served two years in the Spanish army and worked as a lineman before coming to America on a visa contract as a sheepherder.
He worked in Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, California before coming to Idaho to work for George Arkoosh. Anastasio began as a truck driver for Joe & Martin Trucking in 1979. Retiring in 2020, 41 years of hard-working happy years!
His only hobby and side gig were cows. Anastasio had been born raising cattle and continued this practice through out his life. It was a huge part of his existence.
In 1976 his daughter Stephinee was born. He enjoyed and loved her immensely. The sunshine of his earlier days.
He married Melody Davis on August 19, 2000 in Gooding, Idaho. With this union he inherited three stepchildren, many in-laws and a few outlaws.
In 2001 he became a later-in-life daddy to Susana who became the love of his life and his world. She was his “Right Hand Man” until the end! The neighbor called them Pete and Re-Pete. His favorite title of all was Daddy.
He is survived by his Wife and Angel - Melody Fernandez; two daughters – Susana Fernandez of Gooding/Pocatello, Idaho and Stephinee (Serafin) Martinez of Jerome, Idaho; three stepchildren – Autumn, Vanessa and Wills; one brother – Isidro Fernandez of Madrid, Spain; two sisters – Luisa Fernandez of Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain and Fani Fernandez of Madrid, Spain; five grandchildren – Yesenia, Benny, Andres, Draven and Jadyn; several awesome nieces and nephews. His lifelong friend - Paco Crespo; and many work associates, family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother – Emilio; one sister – Pina; one grandson – Sergio Martinez; and a lifelong friend – Nano Crespo.
(We would like to thank you, Mama, for being sweet as pie and tough as nails…) We will forever hold onto the love that bound us.
A viewing will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.
A Rosary will be recited on Monday at 11:00 am, with a private burial to follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding.
A dinner and fellowship will follow at the Gooding Basque Center in Gooding.