Pilar Mendez of Delta died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at his home. He was 85.
Rosary was recited Aug. 26 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta. Mass of Christian burial was conducted Aug. 27 at St. Michael's with Father Albeiro Herrera-Ciro and Deacon Price Hatcher officiating. Burial followed at Mesa View Cemetery.
Pilar Mendez was born to Narciso and Maria (De Jesus) Mendez on Oct. 12, 1927, in Delta. He spent his childhood and attended school in Delta. At the age of 13, Pilar and his family moved to El Paso, Texas.
On Oct. 12, 1994, he married Martha Santos in Delta. She survives.
Mr. Mendez was a retired plumber. He enjoyed watching baseball and wrestling, dancing with his wife and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Mendez of Delta; five sons, Armando Mendez of El Paso, Texas; Ricardo Mendez of Longview, Texas, Arthur Mendez and his wife Angeles of Cedaredge, stepsons Jose Manuel Velasco and wife Maria de Jesus Gomez and Jorge Velasco, all of El Paso, Texas; six daughters, Maria De Pilar Mendez of Sunland Park, N.M., Ester Aguilera and husband Mario of Santa Theresa, N.M., Nancy Mendez Garcia and husband Edward of Montrose, stepdaughters Dora Velasco and husband Nicholas Alvarado of El Paso, Texas, Silvia Chacon and husband Hector of El Paso, Texas, and Maria Santiesteban and husband Carlos of Sunland Park, N.M.; 27 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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