Pole Mendez, 75, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in his home in Smiley, Texas. He was born on Dec. 20, 1937, to Jose and Julia (Pacheco) Mendez.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pole is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rita (Pena) Mendez; daughter Valerie Mendez-Herron and husband Chris Herron; three grandchildren, Dana Leal, Brooke Herron, and Kilee Herron; numerous godchildren; three brothers, Jessie Mendez, Angelo Mendez, and Jose Mendez; and a sister, Julia Mendez.
Visitation was held on Monday, June 10, from 5-8 p.m. with a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. in the Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon.
A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Smiley
Interment followed in the Burriola Cemetery near Smiley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.