May 29, 1951 - July 1, 2013

Juan Manuel Mendez was born on May 29, 1951 in Calexico, CA to Manual and Amalia Mendez then called to rest on July 1, 2013 at the age of 63.
He graduated in 1969 from Calexico High School then entered the US Navy. Upon release from the Navy, he sought out to become a Registered Nurse, graduating from IVC. He worked at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo in Brawley, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in Brawley, where he held numerous administrative nursing positions, and at the Calexico Hospital as the OR Supervisor. Juan spent many years in this field and very much enjoyed caring for others. If you didn't feel well, he would often supply you with a diagnosis, and of course, treatment after having been supplied your list of symptoms. Aside from his duty as a Registered Nurse, Juan was also a past member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his wife, their children and grandchildren. He loved his grandchildren and especially liked to tease and play childish games with them. He often acted like a kid himself. He was a very loving man and loyal to those close to him.
Juan also had a great love of the outdoors and reveled in the beauty of God's creations. He enjoyed camping, especially with the people he loved. He was curious about the natural world and was always looking to increase his knowledge of the outdoors and all the creatures within. He also enjoyed traveling. He liked seeing the countryside and venturing states away to see his family outside of California. He also enjoyed going to Disneyland, Sea World, the beach, the Zoo and virtually any destination as long as he was able to spend time and have fun with his family once he had arrived.
Juan had a great love for the gospel and enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others. He could often be found engrossed in conversations regarding the finer points of doctrine. He would discuss his views and interpretations with all who were interested in hearing. He was always trying to expand his knowledge in this area and loved to read new books with "vital" information about life, love and the eternities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Amalia, Carmen (Maria) Sanchez, Dora Ortiz, and Irma (Ramirez) Mendez.
Juan is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dora Esquer de Mendez; children, Arla Cook of Lehi, Utah, son Benjamin Olague and step-son Arnold Armstrong; silbings, Lupe Warren, Francisco, Rosemary Banks, Amalia Villa, Vincent, Nephi, Lehi and several brothers
and sisters-in-law, 6 grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley, CA. Services are scheduled for Saturday, July 13 at 9 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in El Centro with Bishop Rolfe officiating. He will be laid to rest at Riverview Cemetery after services.

Funeral Home

Frye Chapel & Mortuary
799 Brawley Ave Brawley, CA 92227
(760) 344-1414

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from July 11 to July 12, 2013