With our deepest sorrow we announce that Fernando Ruesga Jr., our beloved son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend has passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Fernando will be missed everyday by his parents, Melanie (Galindo) and Fernando Ruesga, sisters Alma, Anjelica, Teresa, brothers Christopher, Francisco Jr., and Lorenzo, his children Paris, Azariah, Arsadiah, and baby Ruesga, his grandparents Kathleen and Joe Villagrana, and Fernando Sr., and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and his countless number of great friends.

Fernando was preceded in death by his Grandma Sally, great grandparents Timoteo and Tina Salazar, brother-in-law Joshua Perez-Garcia, “Aunt” Geri Villagrana and many more.

Fernando loved shoes, barbering, cars, video games, and both indoor and outdoor sports. Those who knew him knew he loved his kids, loved to dance, laugh, listen to music, and race cars. Fernando left us with so many great memories and will forever be missed.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 11:00 AM with a viewing two hours prior from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah. An evening viewing will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the same location. Interment will follow Fernando’s funeral service at the same location.

We love you, Fernando!


Services Handled By

Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Apr 13, 2022

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NEXT Tammy LaNay Fullmer Tammy LaNay Fullmer


Melanie I'm so sorry for your loss . May your son rest in peace . Gone way to soon . Please let me know if I can do anything to help love you Melanie and I'm so sorry .


Salina hernandez , Eugene , OR, US Apr 19, 2022

I love you fam I’m with you guys sorry a couldn’t be there with you this is the hardest thing we go through as a parent as sibling I moved to California when he was little so I don’t have any memories of him but I do remember when I seen him at Angela‘s wedding he gave me a big hug telling me hey cousin you’re my cousin right you’re Silvia right nice to finally meet you I love you cousin tell my baby girl Blanca and grandma and grandpa and my tia sally hi and give them a big hug for me Rest In Peace little cousin

Silvia Castaneda Apr 18, 2022


I'm sorry my friend , I will continue to pray for you and all your family for god to keep you all strong..I'm so sorry you are going through this , He was definitely loved and im sure you are so proud of that💗keep strong my friend..

Angel Alvarez , West Jordan, UT, US Apr 18, 2022

I love you my little Nano! Aunt Connie is going to miss you so much!

Aunt Connie , Salt Lake City , UT, US Apr 15, 2022

Long live fern 🕊🙏 gone to soon You’ll be missed forever !

Ariana , West valleycity, UT, US Apr 15, 2022

dam Quzn i cant believe this is real, we did have some good memories tho i remember u was in your white charger , i pulled up in the new hemi wit the candy paint one , we went for a ride u was like dam cuzo i need to upgrade my whip now lol we was whipping tho , and u always was full of good laughing energy , u will be definitely missed 🤎 god took another real 1 to soon 😪 see u up in EAST SIDE HEAVEN 😪🤎😪🤎

hogg n happpz and family Apr 14, 2022

Tio Love's You Mijo .... Will Miss You ...... Will Never Forget you You will always be in our Prayers........ Till one we will all be together again..... Love Your Tio ........ Timothy Ruesga..............

Timothy Ruesga Apr 14, 2022


My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sending you love, thoughts and prayers.

Stacy Quintana Stevens , Clearfield, UT, US Apr 13, 2022

You’ll be missed by many fern! I will always keep the memories we had alive! Fly high and watch over your loved onez #FERNS🌎 #LONGLIVEFERN🙏

Julia Apr 13, 2022

I'm gunna miss u nephew so much!! I know your resting in peace. I promise I'll watch over mom. Love you

Ranell cuenca , Glendale, UT, US Apr 13, 2022

My deepest condolences go out to all Ferns family especially his mom and pops and siblings and his precious babies. And Joseph crazy how one day could be the last. My god hold your guys hand and help you through this sad time. May you rest is paradise Fern.

Mandee Doyle , Kearns, UT, US Apr 13, 2022

To the entire Ruesga, and Villagrana family,

My soul aches for you guys in this time of loss. A young life tragically cut short, events like these are so very hard to process. I know that your family has a strong faith. Do no not be saddened by Fernandos departure from this world, but rest assured that God needed him by his side. His light will always surround you and his love will always be right there.

Nick Peck , Salt Lake, UT, US Apr 13, 2022


Where do I start, as a young man you was so respectful in my home with my daughters and wife. You always talked with me about your goals and cars and future plans with your Dad.... As your football coach we also had some pretty cool memories. You motivated and hyped the whole team when they were down. You always showed up ready to play and left it all on the field. You're talent was amazing to watch. The time you and Luke spent hanging out before and after football and school and weekends and summers left such an impression on me and my family. Melinda, I am so sorry for you and your husbands loss! I couldnt imagine losing a child especially like this.... We send our deepest condolences to you and all of you kids. I see what luke has become for his sisters, and again; I couldnt imagine the loss. Praying for you all furing this trying time. May the lord provide comfort and peace diring these trials your family is enduring. ... " this too shall pass " God Bless you all.- Fernando - Rest Easy and peacefully.

Respectfully -

Coach Heaps

( Misty and Rick )

Rick Heaps , Grantsville, UT, US Apr 13, 2022

There are no words to express my deepest heart ache I have for your children your mom and dad and all the lives you have touched.. Especially your sister's you were there protection here on earth and you are now there protection up in paradise.. You will be truly missed baby boy I love you and now your with all the other ones in paradise.. God bless you Mel, fern, Alma, Teresa, Anjelica.. Also your brother Miguel and many many cousins and thank you thank you for taking care of Patrick the way you did... ❤🌹

Christine (weda) valdez Apr 13, 2022


Just want to send our condolences for the loss of your son. I am so sorry this has happened. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. May his memory be eternal & the Angel's heal your heart in time. All our love...

Gypsie & Aja , SLC, UT, US Apr 13, 2022

May you find comfort knowing he lives in your heart. God bless you and the entire family

Stacey ortega , San Jose , CA, US Apr 13, 2022

My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family that you have had to lose such a special person In such a tragic situation.It is hard to lose any family member but even harder when it is a child. I send you lots of love and prayers and I know that in the days to come your you will find comfort in your other children and grandchildren around you other family members friends. Nothing will ever fill that space of loss that you have for Fernando but think of all the happy moments and keep him alive in your hearts and thoughts talk of him often. That is what will ease your pain and keep him alive forever. I will love you always

Prima Chirstine Padilla


Mother to mother heart to heart I know what you going through feel your pain may God send your comforter much love Vera Burnett

Vera Apr 13, 2022

Just wanted to send prayers 🙏🏽 and condolences to you and your family 💐 from Jason and I. Much love to you and your family. God bless 💕

Stephanie Gallegos , West Valley , UT, US Apr 13, 2022

You will be forever missed. The memories that you have made with Jose and I will be forever cherished and always remembered. Till we see you again in the next lifetime cousin, may you rest in peace. We love you so much!

Jose & Kenzie Villagrana , Kearns , UT, US Apr 13, 2022

There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. You all are in my thoughts, prayers & heart. I Love you all. Please know I am here for you all. Rest In Love Fernando.

Bobby Mae Fox , Wilmington , CA, US Apr 13, 2022


  • 1990
  • Nov 10, 1999

    we became friends around 14/15 I seen him gettin a haircut a few weeks ago he came up to me&said “wassup sucka” we talked& I told him to b safe n that was the last time I seen him May he rest in Love and watch over all his LOVED ONES#FERNS🌎 #LONGLIVEFERN

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    October 2011

  • Feb 15, 2013

    For preciosas 13th birthday

  • 2020
  • Jan 1, 2020

    We always pulled up in style & matching 🚀💯

  • Mar 2022

    My little boy, I have to much to say but just gonna said I love you and gonna miss you forever!