When we first met Herlan over 30 years ago, he had a small market in the downtown area where he worked shoulder-to-shoulder, day in and day out, with his then-wife, Ana Cecilia, to make it prosper.
That market did prosper big time and after so much effort and dedication they opened La Esperanza Market at the old and well-known Commercial Center on Sahara Avenue. Not only did the business grow, the family did too, with the addition of a little girl, Yvette.
Not everything in life last forever; the marriage failed but the love of little Yvette for her father was unique. While all Yvette’s little friends were going to a park or visiting each other after school,
Yvette was helping her daddy at the supermarket.
Herlan continued working all kinds of hours to the point that he added a bakery in the back of the store.
Fresh Cuban bread coming out of the oven every thirty minutes. And little Yvette trying to help customers to the best of her abilities — the cash register was bigger than she was.
Very unfortunately, Yvette was not with her father at the time of his passing and she is totally devastated. Very few daughters love their fathers the way Yvette loved and still loves Herlan.
All of us at the Las Vegas Tribune send our deepest condolences to Herlan’s sister and family, and especially to his daughter, Yvette.