In Loving Memory of Isaac Gebreslassie Amanios,

Isaac Gebreslassie Amanios, 60, was tragically taken from us on December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California.

Isaac was born to Aregash Emnetu and Gebreslassie Amanios on June 29, 1955 in Adi Merkeja, Eritrea. After completing his studies at Kudo Abour elementary school, he attended San Gorgio High School in Mendefera from 1968 to 1971.  He transferred to Atse Yohannes High School in Mekele, Ethiopia in 1971 and graduated in 1972. Isaac excelled in school and was one of the few students in the nation to pass the University entrance exam. After graduation, Isaac attended the University of Addis Ababa. He left the University and joined the Eritrean Liberation Front from 1974 to 1976.   He enrolled at the university of Khartoum in 1979 and graduated on November 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Nutrition. 

After graduation, Isaac worked in Sudan as an interpreter at a United States resettlement camp for refugees. He then briefly worked in Saudi Arabia prior to joining the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front from 1986 to 1991 where he contributed to the independence of Eritrea. He then became the Managing Director of SOPRAL, a state owned food processing and packaging company.

Isaac married Hiwet Yohannes Haile on October 20, 1991. His family was complete after the birth of his three children, sons Bruk and Yosief and daughter Milka. He was a loving, kind, and involved husband and father.

Isaac traveled to the United States in 2000 to attend his wife’s graduation in Michigan. At that point, he decided to remain in the United States to provide a better life for his family and settled in Fontana, California where he could be close to his extended family. After passing his health inspector exam, Isaac began working as a weight and measure inspector for the Los Angeles County Health Department

Starting October 15,  2004, Isaac served the San Bernardino County Health Department for over 11 years where he was working as an Environmental Health Specialist until his untimely death. Isaac was grateful to be working in San Bernardino since it was closer to home and allowed him to have more time with his family. He cherished his work as a public servant and was honored to serve the County of San Bernardino.

Above everything else, Isaac valued family and community. His free time was often spent with family and friends and his home was usually the gathering place. He participated in weddings, baptisms, graduations and birthday celebrations of his nephews and nieces. Isaac would often fly across the United States and overseas to attend these events and made it a priority always to be there. Although he valued, nurtured, and mentored many of his family members, he was especially close to Fessehatsion Solomon Gebreselassie with whom he shared a special bond.

Isaac was preceded in death by his parents, Aregash Emnetu and Gebreselassie Amanios; his brothers Solomon and Habte; his sister Hirit. In addition to his wife and three children, he is survived by his brothers Abraham, Beyene, Shambel Segid, Tesfai and his sisters Abadit, Zaid, Alemash and Letensie. He is also survived by many sisters and brothers in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.

Despite the deep sorrow his family and community are experiencing, his passing has brought us together in ways that would have made him proud. Isaac will be missed and his death has left a hole in our hearts.



For those who want to contribute, the link for the fundraising site for Isaac's children is:


Memorial Service: 

Saturday, December 12, 2015;

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM; at St. Minas Church,

22700 St. Minas Ct, Colton, CA 92324


Saturday, December 12, 2015; !2:00 PM to 2:00 PM; 

Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary,

3520 East Washington St. Colton, CA 92324


Saturday, December 12, 2015; 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM;

The Rock Church and World Outreach Center

234 S. Waterman Ave - San Bernardino, CA 93408


The Amanios Family