Heidi Leanne Padilla, 45, of Fortuna, Calif., died peacefully in her home with her boyfriend and daughter by her side on Jan. 4, 2021.
Heidi was born in San Diego County on Jan. 16, 1975, to Kim and David Van Denover. Her family moved to Trinity County in 1977 where she attended Weaverville Elementary and Trinity High schools. She later received her G.E.D.
Heidi married Saul Padilla in January 1993 and soon after gave birth to her son, Marco Padilla. She later had two daughters, Anna Padilla and Lia Zambrano. Heidi spent some of her adult life doing secretarial work and working in home health care. In her free time, she enjoyed going to Trinity Lake and Trinidad State Beach.
Heidi and her children remained in Weaverville until she moved to Fortuna.
Heidi can be remembered as a happy and kind person with the best sense of humor. Her beautiful smile could light up any room.
Heidi is survived by her life partner James Gunther; son Marco Padilla; daughters Anna Padilla and Lia Zambrano; brother Troy Van Denover (Alicia); mother Kim Proctor (Brian); father David Van Denover (Vickie); and her grandmother Vivian Bentkowski.
Heidi’s family will celebrate her life at a later date.