SPC Hugo Victor Mendoza, 29, born on March 23, 1978, a son, brother, and friend who was quick to share his infectious smile; an honorable Soldier; and a devout man of faith, passed on Thursday, October 25, 2007 in Afghanistan while bravely recovering a member of his parachute unit. Hugo was born in Harbor City, California. He attended El Paso's Hanks High School until 1996 when he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he graduated from Trevor Browne High School in 1997. Hugo enlisted in the Army in 2005. His unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when the Lord called him. The dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. - Ecclesiastes 12:07. His forever, only His: Who the Lord and me shall part? Ah, with what a rest of bliss. Christ can fill the loving heart. Heaven and earth may fade and flee. Firstborn light in gloom decline; But, while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine - Assurance and Joy of Salvation - Loved by the Lord. "Duerme en Cristo, hijo." Hugo Mendoza is survived by his parents Mr. Jesus Carlos Mendoza Sr., and Mrs. Sara Mendoza, as well as his two brothers Jesus Carlos Jr., and Esteban "Stevie" Mendoza. The Mendoza family will hold a Memorial Service for Hugo Victor Mendoza at the Mt. Carmel Funeral Home Chapel at 1755 North Zaragoza, El Paso, Texas, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2007, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Mt. Carmel Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. and interment will be at Fort Bliss National cemetery at 12:00 noon with full military honors.
Published in El Paso Times from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7, 2007