Joe M. Mendez
with great sadness, we announce the loss of our loving husband, father and grandfather at age 94 on July 25, 2014. Born in Tucson on March 19, 1920, Joe lived his early years in Mexico City. Returning to Tucson, he attended local schools, until joining the Army at the start of WWII. A part of the "Greatest Generation", he was in the 158th Infantry Battalion (the "Bushmasters") and fought in the South Pacific. Returning in 1945, he enrolled at the U of A, graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1950 and practiced for over 40 years. He was an active member of many civic, professional and social organizations including St. Joseph's Church and The Centurians. In May 2012, he flew with "Honor Flight" to Washington DC. Joe loved playing golf and relaxing in the White Mtns, but his greatest joy was spending time with his loving family. Survived by his immediate family: wife, Aida (Wilkins) and children, Charmaine Hill, Patricia (Emilio) Puig, Robin Mendez and Phyllis (Cary) Cagle; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, numerous sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews and his best friends, Ruben Acosta and John Wagner. A Funeral Mass with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 215 S. Craycroft Rd. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name to Honor Flight So. AZ., P.O. Box 32649, Tucson, AZ 85751. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
We so miss your warm and loving smile, Dad