Jose Ramirez
Nov. 28, 1996 - April 5, 2023

Jose’s sun rose on November 28, 1996, and his sun set on April 5, 2023, at the age of 26.

Born to Carlos Ramirez and Crystal Hillman.

Jose lived life to the best of his ability and thrived off the unconditional love from his family and friends.

He had a lifetime of experiences in the short time here with us. Jose carried many burdens, however his hugs were always genuine. He could always make light of any situation or tell a crazy story that would have everyone laughing.

Each of us carry memories of Jose in our own way and he was special to so many, especially to his Grandma Maddie, his mother Crystal, and his second mother Maggie.

Though it hurts us to say our goodbye, we know in our hearts it’s just until we see each other again.

Like his mom Maggie says, “This life is just temporary, we’ll all be together again.”

With that said, Jose is survived by his Grandmother Mattie Hillman, his mother Crystal Hillman, his brothers Oly White and Johnathan Martinez, his sisters Jessica Martinez and Dalice DeMars. Great-Aunts Willy Drennan, Lizzy Valinty, Diane Hillman and Lenora Conway, Aunts Jeannie White and Melody Brooks. Uncle Joseph Bercier and many cousins.

Jose is also survived by his second family, Mother Maggie Sylvies, Sisters Angelica Pulido-Sylvies, Aureli Cortez-Sylvies, and Natalia Springs-Loureiro, brothers Alejandro Cortez-Sylvies, James Springs-Loureiro, and Fire Springs-Loureiro. Aunts Cecil Sylvies, Kristina Nwachukwu and Kathrine Moseley.

Jose is preceded in death by, his Grandfather Alex Bercier, Great Grandfather “Katimiin Heam” Orrell Elbert Hillman and Great-Great Grandmother Mattie Hillman and Great- Uncle Tugger Hillman

Jose’s wake will be held on Friday April 14, starting at 6 p.m. at 4139 D Street Eureka, CA 95503.

Jose will take his last ride home on Saturday, April 15, 2023, with a graveside service at 10 a.m. in Orleans at the Hillman Family Cemetary on Red Cap Road.

Reception to follow at the Karuk Tribal Office in Orleans.

Pallbearers are:

Oly White, Micah McCovey, Wilfred Ferris, Victor Quimm Jr., Herman Albers, Lil Robert Blake, Waylon Sterritt, Robert Wolf Colgrove, William Panther Colgrove and Christian Punky Colgrove.


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