Jovito Mendoza

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Jovito Mendoza, 78 of Dallas and Gholson, died peacefully, March 7, 2017, surrounded by his adoring family.

Visitation: Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco

Celebration of Life and Faith Service: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00AM in the Chapel at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco.

Burial: Waco Memorial Park, 6623 South IH 35 in Robinson. The United States Marine Corp Honor Guard will render honors.

Pallbearers: Arthur Ray Barrientez, Anthony DeLeon, Joe Ricky Mendoza, Johnny Mendoza, Clifton Mendoza, Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Mendoza.

Honorary Pallbearers: Angel Tovar, Roman Mendoza and Isaiah Mendoza.

Jovito was born one of eight children, March 26, 1938 in San Marcos, Hill County, to the late Manuel and Francisca Martinez Mendoza. During his childhood, Jovito’s family moved to the Waco area where he finished his schooling, graduating from Waco High School in 1956. It was after graduation that Jovito joined the United States Marine Corp and served his country honorably from 1956 to 1962. Jovito married the love of his life, Trinidad Maria Barrientez, March 24, 1977. Jovito and Trini were long-time members of both the Church of Christ in Dallas on Martinez Street and here in Waco on Primrose. He was a self taught welder and worked for over 20 years at Holman Boiler Works before retiring and opening his own welding business in 1992. Jovito owned and operated, “JM Welding Service” for many years, training his son, Steven, alongside him. When Jovito was not welding on a project or fixing things at his ranch in Gholson, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Raising his Black and Red Angus Cattle on the ranch in Gholson brought him great satisfaction but his true passion in life was his family. Spending time with family, no matter the event or gathering, brought him great joy and peace. His infectious smile and joyful personality will be truly missed. Jovito was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Francisca Mendoza and his brother, Joe Angel Mendoza.

Jovito leaves behind to cherish his memory and continue his legacy, his loving wife over 39 years, Trinidad Maria Mendoza of Dallas; children, Steven Mendoza of Gholson, Lynda Robinson of San Antonio, Frances Daniels and husband David of Hobbs, NM, Stella Martinez and husband Dan of Hewitt, Ofelia Tovar and husband Rickey of Waco, and Christopher Mendoza of Dallas; three brothers, Jesse Mendoza, Ishmael Mendoza and Leonard Mendoza and wife Terry; three sisters, Lucy Lopez and husband Jesse; Esther Mansolo and husband Ralph; Mary Martinez and husband Nacho; 12 grandchildren, Serena, Justine, Ashley, April, Anthony, Cecelia, Valerie, Sulieanna, Angel, Alyana, Roman and Isaiah; five great-grandchildren; along with numerous other loving family members and friends.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Linda & George Morales

    Our condolences go out to all of Jovito’s Beloved Family. He will be missed by all who knew and ever met him. He was such a wonderful person with kindness in his heart for everyone. We will miss you dearly cousin Jovito.
    With love , Linda & George Morales and our grandkids who truly adored you but were still afraid of you sometimes.

  2. Virginia Eubank

    I am so sorry for the passing of Jovito. As the oldest daughter of his Uncle Juan Martinez, I did not get the opportunity to know him until later in my life. He and his sister Lucy made me feel so welcomed every time I had the chance to See either one of them. My husband Terry instantly liked Jovito when they met for the first time. I will always have nothing but the best memories of him, his sense of humor, his laughter and his hugs.
    May you find comfort in the many happy memories you have of your Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May GOD give you strength, courage and peace. Take care of each other.
    GOD bless you all,
    Virginia Eubank and Family ( including my sisters; Esther and Emma)

  3. Mary Alice Perez

    Ofelia , Stella and all the family:

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,
    just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

  4. Kenneth Patton

    Steve, sorry for your loss.
    I will always remember Joe’s great sense
    Of humor. I always enjoyed talking to him.
    Fond memories.

  5. To the Family. SO sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Jovito has the prospect of being resurrected (in the flesh) to Paradise Earth as God has promised. The vast majority will have everlasting life here on earth. God’s Kingdom will do this under the Rulership of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15 and Revelation 21:2-4

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