Cesar's Life and Contributions

Cesar grew up in small town Livingston alongside a tightknit family. He is the oldest of two first generation children of Mexican immigrants - Alberto and Filomena Fuentes. His parents are outstanding mentors that instilled the meaning of hard work, determination, and endurance. Cesar was proud of his Mexican roots and gladly encouraged others to persevere and fought for everyone's freedom in the USA.

At a young age, Cesar displayed so much energy and humor. He constantly made his many aunts and uncles - even neighbors - laugh and wait in anticipation for his next prank. He was always up to something. Whether it be riding his bike with his friends, fishing with his dad, pestering his younger sister, or giving his mom near heart attacks for his dare devil ways (climbing roofs to jump into his pool). He was never idle.

Cesar's life was cut short on January 12, 2020 at the age of 32. He was struck by a truck making an illegal U-turn while he was riding his beloved Kawasaki Ninja and succumbed to his injuries during surgery.

Cesar will always be remembered as a human that always gravitated toward protecting others around him and followed his calling in protecting our country and our community.


  • Sgt. Fuentes enlisted in the United States Marine Corps right after high school in 2006

  • Sgt. Fuentes served his first tour of duty in 2008 for Operation Iraqi Freedom and again in 2012 for Operation Enduring Freedom

San Joaquin County Correctional Sergeant

  • A six year veteran for the San Joaquin County Correctional Office

  • During his short tenure, he demonstrated strong leadership skills and was selected to be a part of the Custody Emergency Response Team as a (CERT) officer, team lead, and trainer.

      • The CERT team consists of elite jail staff who respond to the most critical incidents within the jail.

  • Cesar's passion to honor the fallen led him to partake in the SJSO Honor Guard


  • Avid fisherman, explorer, and motorcyclist. Boy did he love that Kawasaki Ninja! Cesar was always up for an adrenaline rush. From wake boarding to snowboarding with family and friends.