Alex Mendez Sr.
March 5, 1961 - Sept. 16, 2011
Alex Payan Mendez Sr., 50, passed away on Sept. 16, 2011, after his battle with cancer.
Alex was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 5, 1961, to Jesse and Helen Payan Mendez. It was there that he later married the love of his life, Darlene Berrones, on Nov. 10, 1977. They had two sons and later moved to Walla Walla.
Alex was a loving husband, wonderful father and an amazing grandfather. He enjoyed life to its fullest. He was a hard-working, good, honest man. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, barbecues and summer bike rides with his wife. Alex was currently employed at Colt (Cliffstar Corp.) as a forklift operator. Alex enjoyed his work, his coworkers friends.
Alex is survived by his wife, Darlene; their children, Alex and Summer Mendez Jr., Aaron and Sakura Mendez; four grandchildren, Elisha, Niko, Alexis and Curtis Mendez all of Walla Walla; his mother, Helen Payan Mendez of Arizona; mother-in-law, Gail Berrones of Tri Cities; his three brothers, David and Carla Mendez, Jesse and Petra Mendez, Ricky and Mary Anne Mendez; his five sisters, Becky and Danny Aris-Mendez, Lydia and Juan Berrera, Dora and Beto Mendez, Hope and Ernie Flores and Lisa Martinez all of Arizona. He is also survived by 32 nieces and nephews. Alex was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Lucero Mendez Sr., and his father-in-law, Jose Candelario Berrones.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m., at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital through the funeral home. Friends and family are invited to sign the on-line guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com