Jimmy M Mendez

May 26, 1951April 21, 2021

Jimmy Mariano Mendez, 69, of Phoenix passed away on April 21, 2021. He was born on May 26, 1951 in Glendale, Arizona to Josie (Fajardo) and Tony Mendez. Jimmy was raised on his grandfather’s dairy farm, which he loved dearly.

Jimmy attended Unit 1 Grammar School (also known as Landmark School) in Glendale and graduated from Cortez High School in 1970. He took a job in the bakery department at Smitty’s Grocery Store in Glendale and then spent many years working for the very well-known, John F. Long. Following Mr. Long’s passing, Red Mountain Company took over, and Jimmy remained there. Finally, he was employed at Independence High School, in the Glendale Union School District.

Jimmy is survived by brothers, Tony Jr (JoJo)., Ernie, Andy, and Joe Mendez (Jacqueline); sisters, Tonia (Alex) Lozano and Terry (Octavio) Mendivil; nephews, Ernesto Aro Jr., Isaac Martinez, Gregory, Dion, and Joseph Cardenas, Anthony and Michael Torres Jr., Joseph and Joshua Mendez and Tony Mendez, Randy L. Johnson II; nieces, Angie Bryant, Marian Liber, Lee Ann Jaquez, Jennifer Alvarez, Diana McQueen, Alley Jaquez, Marissa and Melissa Cardenas, Ariel and Alize Torres and Katrina Mendez; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Tomas Aro, Maria Antonia Aro and Josie Martinez Solley.

There will be no funeral services.

Jimmy’s family and friends will miss him very much. His family would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt sympathy and prayers. God bless you all.


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ernesto mendez

April 27, 2021

Jimmy, Brother I will miss you, growing up was hard for both of us. We struggled with life, we grew up with many un-answered questions. Brother, I wish we could have been close and loved each other as brothers, sharing good times and bad. My times with you were short, remembering how hard you always worked. Jimmy, god bless you and pray that you have eternal rest with our other family members.

Jerry Anaya

April 27, 2021

My condolences to the Mendez family. May my cousin Jimmy rest in peace. I 'll never forget seeing my first big screen movie at your house when we all use to live around the old dairy. My father Gilbert Anaya, you and I hads some good times back then. Say hello to our families up their for me Jimmy and rest easy cousin.

Katrina Mendez

April 26, 2021

Tio Jimmy i want to thank you for being such a cool uncle to me and my brothers every time we seen u at Nanos house you made it even more exciting bringing your big ol' bags of popcorn (6ft long). The latest movies that came out noone had even seen yet. Rides in your batman car ( Betsy)! You were always a good sport too when we had pillow fights or pulling practical jokes with eachother! Ill never forget how u used to twirl your hair with your finger on the right will always be the one to do the best Donald Duck voice! I love u tio Jimmy may God receive and hold you in his all mighty glory forever and ever AMEN!

Jessica Helgerson

April 26, 2021

Jimmy, you were a very very best friend and the greatest tio ever, from all the years we've had together from the times me and you played the bongos on the water jugs and the monsters we've watched on tv, and all the times we went cruising whether it was night time and or morning or in the afternoon and all the jokes we had about pancho villa about the tortilla and beans jokes, and the times you took me to school we bumped music and my mom would be like jimmy turn it down and you would turn it even more up and I would just laugh, and I can't forget the times we played with playing cards that I showed magic tricks to you it was just amazing times, and oh everyday me and you would say wazzzaap or how you doing , man jimmy it's really hard that you are gone I'll never ever get over this, I love you jimmy may you rest in peace

Tony Mendez

April 26, 2021

Jimmy...may you rest in peace, thank you for taking care of Nina and the familia, when we were all in need of your help, your brother Tony

Terry (Mendez). Mendivil

April 26, 2021

Thank you brother Jimmy for being such a good brother with such a big heart. You stepped in when Isaac my son needed a father figure to carry on. You will always be in our hearts and there, where there is no more suffering, please watch over all the family and intercede for all of us. If there are movies in heaven, keep watching your favorite John Wayne western movies . We love you and will never forget you. GOD BLESS YOU. REST IN PEACE.
Your sister,
Terry Mendivil

Marguerite Hinojosa

April 24, 2021

My condolences to the family of Jimmy. He was always so positive and told a lot of jokes. I was a beginning teacher at the time he worked at Independence, and it was nice to have a friendly face to greet me every day. I fondly remember Jimmy. May he rest in peace and may your family be comforted in your time of grief.

Best regards,
Marguerite Hinojosa

Mary Zaragoza (Andrade)

April 23, 2021

To the Mendez Family
My Condolences at this time my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I remember Jimmy coming over and sitting outside with my mom and me talking and laughing. He was a good friend and he will always be remembered.
May God bring you peace and strength during this time.
Mary, Alice, Toni and Patty Andrade Family

Jacqueline Mendez

April 22, 2021

Thank you brother Jimmy for always being so loving and sweet to us. You will be truly missed love you always, God bless you! Your sis Jacqueline

Joseph Mendez

April 22, 2021

Thank you for always being a good big brother to me. A few best memories include: wheel barrel rides and my first cruise down North Central in his 55 chevy truck. I will always cherish those precious moments thank you brother love always Joe