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Richard M. Mendoza

1978 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Richard M. Mendoza Obituary
RICHARD M. MENDOZA (35) passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Pasadena, CA. Born on March 24, 1978, and a native of Grand Terrace, Richard was a lifelong resident of Southern California, graduating valedictorian of Colton High School in 1996. A high school varsity swimmer and champion in speech and debate, Richard's academic successes continued as he graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, in 2000 with a B.A., Magnum Cum Laude in Mathematics, later completing his Juris Doctor degree at Yale Law School in Connecticut in 2003. At Yale, he was elected editor of the Journal on Regulation. He also served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduation from Yale, Richard moved to Pasadena where he served Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Upon completing his clerkship, Richard joined the Los Angeles based law firm, O'Melveny & Myers, later moving to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena as lead attorney and tax manager. Richard enjoyed many travel opportunities throughout the United States and Europe. Good food drew his attention, whether finding it in restaurants, consuming it or preparing meals for friends and family. A student of politics, he was a tremendous consumer of news from multiple sources daily, through local and national media, in print and over the airwaves. His dogs always provided welcome distraction. Recently, he moved to commit time to tutor children in mathematics and also was appointed a Court Appointed Special Advocate, serving as a representative for children involved in family and children's court. He is survived by his parents, David and Aurora Mendoza and a brother, David J. Mendoza of Redlands and by many dear friends throughout Southern California and across the country. A Rosary will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 10:30 AM and a mass will follow at 11:00 AM at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church located at 12745 Oriole Avenue, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Arrangements are being made through Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary, Colton, CA. www.montecitomemorialparkandmortuary.com

Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2014
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