He was born Oct. 24, 1932 in Runge to the late Lasaro and Manuela Gonzalez Mendoza.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lillie Villarreal Mendoza; daughters, Diana (Joe) Garcia, Norma (Enrique) Ramos, Rebecca (Ricardo) Gutierrez, Dalia (Manuel) DeLeon, Sonia (Frank) Zapata and Lillie (Eric) Sifuentes; sons, Reyes (Diana) Mendoza, Jr., Alvaro (Norma) Mendoza; daughter-in-law, Vicki Mendoza; sisters, Andrea Mendoza and Eloisa Villanueva; brother, Jesus Mendoza; 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by parents; sons, Lasarito Mendoza and Arturo Mendoza, Sr.; infant daughter, Sylvia Mendoza; brothers, Reynaldo Mendoza, Alejandro Mendoza and Magdaleno Mendoza; sisters, Estella Rendon, Louisa Garces and Adela Rodriguez and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday April 16, 2012 at Finch Funeral Chapel-Runge. Funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Runge. Interment followed at the Runge Latin American Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Arturo Mendoza Jr., Thomas Mendoza, David Diaz Jr., Reyes Mendoza III, Cain "Alvi" Mendoza and Rene Vasques Jr.
Arrangements by Finch Funeral Chapel-Runge.