OBITUARY

Tony G Mendoza

August 29, 1977September 28, 2017

Tony G Mendoza, 40

Leonel Salinas Mendoza, Sr. and Belen Garcia Mendoza raised their son Tony G Mendoza to work hard, lead with love, have fun, and to be a man for others. Tony didn't let them down.

Sadly, he unexpectedly passed on September 28,2017. Despite their grief, Tony's family and many friends across Texas and the USA know that he packed a lifetime of joy into his 40 years. Growing up in the fun-loving Mendoza household with his big sister, Laura Mendoza, and his brother, Leo, Jr., molded Tony for a lifetime of success and taught him the patience to find his soul-mate, Piper Hardin Mendoza, who he married last October. Tony unconditionally loved,cherished and adored Piper, and she loved him right back. Their bond was like no other and the five short years they were together was a beautiful gift.

From childhood, to his undergraduate years at St. Edwards University to earning his law degree from Notre Dame, Tony was always learning, improving, self-reflecting and connecting with a bigger and bigger circle of friends. Tony was as comfortable studying law at ND's London campus as he was rooting for the Irish on Sixth Street in Austin--the city he loved.

He always had a joke or a hug for his nieces Sloan and Vivian who he loved greatly, and he treasured his longtime friendship with their mother, Tony's sister in law, Kelley Baker Mendoza. He loved skyping with his niece, Astoria, as they excitedly discussed their adventures in France with Aunt Piper. When outside the courtroom, Tony would jog, hike, golf or get on the plane for his next big trip with Piper -- usually to visit more friends and family. He was the son his in- laws never had, Bobby and Phyllis Hardin will forever miss this man who brought so much joy to their daughter Piper. He loved fishing and nature. He could sing along with Willie Nelson, rap with Eminem and two-step across Texas in cowboy boots or flip flops ... it simply didn't matter. He sought great literature but also watched made for TV movies and cuddled up with his English Springer Spaniel, Ladybird. Tony cared deeply about human justice yet could debate any topic-- no matter how inconsequential--with wit and his trademark laugh.

Tony, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his Hand and may you watch over all of us who love you.

In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, the family suggests donations be made to: http://www.uso.org/donate/tonygmendoza or mail to the attention to Chad Hartman, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 1200, Arlington, VA 22201. The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Rosary will recite at 12:30 PM, followed by the Funeral Mass at 1 :00 PM on Friday, October 6, 2017 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin, Texas.

To share condolences with the family, please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Rosary Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 6, 2017
REMEMBERING

Tony G Mendoza

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James P. Moriarty

October 17, 2017

I regret that I did not know him, but all of us in the TLC community are saddened at his passing.

Monica Garcua

October 15, 2017

Tony I don't have words to describe how much my heart hurts that we lost you soon. I loved the convos we had here on FB & enjoyed your insights on things. If only we could've had more time to catch up & enjoy family time together. Would've been awesome to to catch w/each other while enjoying some of grandpas aweaome ribs. I love you so much & I truly will miss you bunches cousin. Till we meet again....

Melanie Hernandez

October 14, 2017

It is hard to believe that the earth has lost you, Tony. A piece of my heart is broken, for no matter the time apart, we were like brothers and sisters growing up as cousins and there is nothing that will take those memories away. The world wasn't supposed to lose you so soon. It simply wasn't.

I will miss your posts on FB. I knew I could count on you to share your ideals on liberalism and passion for politics and not back down from a good debate. It was fun watching your feed and knowing that you were living a happy life. How proud I was of the man you became. In fact, my son, who never met you knew of you. Two weeks before you passed, he was wearing his Notre Dame shirt, his favorite team, and I was going to snap a picture to send to you and I didn't do that. I regret that now. I wanted to tell you that his dream is to go to school there and possibly play football there and that maybe we could meet up so you could talk to him about your experience there. He is young, but attending ND is a dream he has for himself. How I wish I would have sent that picture.

Your passing has taught me that living with a full heart is important and that nothing else matters in life. There is nothing more important in life than living a sound, loving, giving, fun filled life with family and friends. Seeing all the people at your service showed me that you did just that. You were loved by many. Thank you for the memories we shared growing up. I will never stop thinking about you.

My heart aches for your family.

John Wright

October 11, 2017

Piper,
I was surprised and saddened by this news. Please know that all of us at the AFFF have you in our hearts and prayers.

Niki Austin

October 11, 2017

Piper,

My heart aches for you. Sending prayers of strength to help you get through what must be an unthinkable time.

Heather Dean

October 9, 2017

There are no words for your loss. The service was beautiful. Please know that I am thinking of all of you constantly. His joie de vivre will not be forgotten.

October 9, 2017

Piper--Daryl's and my thoughts and prayers are with you. While we never met Tony, we feel like we knew him in listening to you talk about him. Much love to you. Chip and Daryl Weil

Marcus Rodriguez

October 7, 2017

I am so sorry for the loss of Tony. We fished together a few times on the Blanco River. I was several years older, but we got along well together. Tony was a cool down to earth guy. I'm not too sure how we lost touch...but sometimes that is how things go when we grow up and move in different directions. I was absolutely shocked when my mother told me of his passing. I am very glad to have known this good guy...we shared a few adventures together and we caught a few fish. Just know that my memories of him are cast in the golden light of endless sunshine. I am glad God allowed us to be friends and wander a little bit of his creation with fishing rods in hand.
Peace be with you all.

Christopher and Cynthia Scangas

October 6, 2017

Dear, dear Piper,
Our hearts ache with pain for you and the loss of your very, very special guy, Tony. The gleam in your eyes every time you spoke of him was contagious and we so looked forward to meeting him this fall and sharing your joy. The precious memories of so many times you shared will live on. Cherish them.

Our loving thoughts are with you and our home open for your next visit.

With love,

Cynthia and Chris

Elizabeth Kyser

October 6, 2017

Leo, Kelly and family:

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult this road is. My heart breaks for you. Please let me know if y'all need anything.

It has been many years since I have seen Tony but I will never forget him. I will hold onto the memories of growing up with Tony and will always remember his sense of humor and kind heart. I love that my memories of him are always surrounded by laughter.

My prayers are with you all, in the coming days and months. May the Lord wrap you in His peace today.

FROM THE FAMILY