Eugene S. Mendoza, born Dec. 20, 1924 in San Marciel, New Mexico passed away Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014 surrounded by his family.
In his youth he served in the United States Navy as a pharmacist's mate. He saw action in the Pacific Theater as a medic during World War II. He was equally famous in the eyes of his grandchildren by the stories he painted of his past and also, by the delicious deer and elk jerky he would make and have to protect from little, sneaky hands.
Eugene was preceded in death by Josie, his loving wife of 59 years; grandson, Herman Mendoza Jr.; and two brothers, George of Hawaii and Gilbert of California.
He is survived by seven children: Herman (Darie) Mendoza of Williams, Eugene Mendoza Jr. of Bend, Oregon, Vina (Alex) Sandoval of Williams, Christine (Wayne) Seitz of Vancouver, Canada, Michael Mendoza of Phoenix, Mary (Calletano) Hernandez of Williams, James (Mary Jo) Mendoza of Flagstaff, 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was known by many names: Dad, Lito, brother, friend... Eugene will be greatly missed by many and welcomed by those who have been waiting for him.