Alfred Mendoza, Jr., passed away surrounded by loved ones on August 21, 2014, after losing his valiant battle with lung cancer. He was 78. Mr. Mendoza was born on August 10, 1936, in Los Angeles, California, grew up in L.A.'s Historic Filipino Town, graduated from Belmont High School and UCLA, and took his inspiration from his father and many of the first generation Pilipino Americans known as the "Manongs." For almost 40 years of his professional life and after retirement as the Director of the Los Angeles County Refugee Service Center, Al Mendoza was regarded as an effective and dedicated community advocate and leader on behalf of human service organizations in the greater Los Angeles Pilipino, Asian and Pacific Islander American communities. Affectionately known as "Uncle Al," one of Mr. Mendoza's enduring legacies will be his sage counsel as mentor to a generation of new leaders who now have taken up the torch on behalf and within in the communities he so proudly, passionately and effectively served. Mr. Mendoza's wry sense of humor, sharp wit, and love of Hawaiian music with his trusty ukulele at his side and deep appreciation of jazz as "America's classical music" will be missed. Mr. Mendoza is survived by his amazing, loving wife Candy, daughters Pam (Rian), Cori (Richard), son Scott (Sandra), stepson Steven (Lindsay), stepdaughter Michelle, grandchildren David, Brandon, Emily, Jordan, Daniel, Dylan, hanai sister Cheryl Mendoza, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 30, 2014