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07/28/1958 - 02/03/2020
Funeral Home San Jose Funeral Home (Eastside)
Phil Gilberto Mendoza III, 61, Lifelong resident of El Paso, Texas, son of the late Celia Mendoza passed away Monday, February 3, 2020, unexpectedly. He was born on July 28, 1958.
During his younger years, he attended Allie D. Clardy Elementary School where he played Charlie Brown in his 5th-grade play. In his teens, he attended Jefferson High where after school on warm El Paso days he and his friends would often walk down Alameda Avenue and jump into one of the many hotel swimming pools. Growing up he loved his mother with all his heart and was seen as a father figure to his sister and brothers. He would willingly give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. He once took his eleven-year-old brother to see the movie that would forever change his life, “Star Wars”.
As an adult, he worked for Building Specialties for 15 years, first as a truck driver and then earning his way to yard supervisor. He then worked for the City of El Paso Sun Metro as a Transit Driver followed by a position as a forklift operator for the packaging and shipping of materials by the blind. Phil was a dedicated family man and friend and was known to project a tough exterior yet a true sweetheart inside. On his neighborhood block, he was considered the father that would stop the ice cream truck to buy his daughters and the other children playing with them outside ice cream. People referred to him as “Mr. Fix It”; He was a self-taught handyman, learning mechanics, carpentry, construction, and electrical work. He played baseball with his friends and was known for being ambidextrous on both the batter’s box and pitcher’s mound. He loved to fish, grill, and anything that would gather the family together. Phil had a passion for animals especially dogs and watching the Dallas Cowboys play.
Left to cherish his sweet and loving memory is his family, spouse of 13 years; Rachel Cardenas, daughters; Heidi Ahumada (Eric) and Lori Bocanegra (Jose, Jr.), son; Omar Garcia (Teresita de Jesus), siblings; Patsy, David, Danny, and Robert Mendoza, three grandchildren; Breanna Dominique Cariello, Melyssa Marie, and Rebecca Claire Ahumada. Other survivors include dear family members and friends.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Phil’s life at San Jose Funeral Home-East, 10950 Pellicano Dr, El Paso, TX 79935. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Holy Rosary Service at 5:00 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to wear navy blue and grey, or Dallas Cowboy attire in honor of his favorite team.