OBITUARY

Leobardo Mendez Amezcua

July 5, 1960May 1, 2018
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Leobardo Mendez Amezcua was born on July 5, 1960 in Jalisco, Mexico and passed away on May 1, 2018 in Redwood City, California

  • FAMILY

  • Kathleen Amezcua, Esposa
  • Kenneth Taylor, Hijo
  • Erica Mendez, Hija
  • Daniel Mendez, Hijo
  • Anthony "Bola" Mendez, Nieto
  • Eliana Tapia, Nieta
  • Gabriel Mendez, Nieto
  • Adrian "Tantan" Tapia, Nieto
  • Lilly Taylor, Nieta
  • Antonio Mendez, Hermano
  • Juan Mendez, Hermano
  • Jose Mendez, Hermano
  • Leticia Mendez, Hermana
  • Rigoberto Mendez, Hermano
  • Yolanda Mendez, Hermana
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Danny Mendez, Portador de féretro
  • Kenny Taylor, Portador de féretro
  • Erica Mendez, Portador de féretro
  • Anthony Mendez, Portador de féretro
  • Jaime Cortez, Portador de féretro
  • Tony Tapia, Portador de féretro

Services

  • Velorio Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Rosario Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Misa Fúnebre Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Cementerio Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Biography

“Give me a problem and I’ll hand you a solution.” Those who knew Leobardo Mendez Amezcua would agree that that motto accurately described him. Leobardo was a man of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Leobardo, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within his grasp. Leobardo placed great trust in his intuition. Since that intuition generally led him in the right direction, who was he to doubt it.

Leobardo was born on July 5, 1960 under the tree at his parents house. In La Yerbabuena, Tamazula, Jalisco, Mexico. He was the son of Carmen Amezcua and Antonio Mendez. He came to the U. S. At the age of 14, leaving his family in Mexico. Where he matured into the independent person he eventually became.

Leobardo grew up with two sister and four brothers. He had Juan, Antonio, Jose, Leticia, Rigoberto, and Yolanda. Leobardo could be seen as being stubborn by his siblings. It was important to him that he was perceived as “right” when it came to his part in those typical family spats. However, this quality did not over power his caring for his family. This ability to balance his family, with his need to be seen as right, helped him to develop into a young adult while enjoying many good times with his family.

During his grade school years, Leobardo was a very focused and serious student who actually enjoyed the challenge of many classroom problems. He was determined to succeed, and he drew upon his gifts of trust and perseverance to provide him with a competitive edge. While his first love might have been academics, Leobardo took part in Soccer. Leobardo delighted in projects that required planning, critical thinking and resolution.

On October 17, 1986, Leobardo exchanged wedding vows with Kathleen Lois Fuller at in a wedding chapel at Reno, Nevada. Kathy's sensitivity to Leobardo's needs proved to be a wonderful influence on this man, who preferred to live in his “gut.” Kathy's influence brought Leobardo to a new emotional level, one that eventually enhanced all of his other gifts and abilities. Kathy was able to help Leobardo appreciate the fact that others made contributions and Leobardo became better at interacting with those around him. Because of this, Leobardo grew as a person.

Leobardo often neglected his own feelings in order to give to others. This was very true when it came to how he dealt with his children. He was able to hand on to each child a number of strong values. He taught them to appreciate their abilities, gave them a desire to persevere despite obstacles and set within them a drive to succeed. He had three children, Kenny, Erica, and Danny. He also had five grandchildren, Anthony (Bola), Eliana (Ellie), Gabriel, Adrian (Tantan), Lilian (Lilly). They were always aware of how much Leobardo loved them.

During Leobardo's professional working years, he was at his best when working independently. It became the hallmark of his performance. Leobardo was generally able to refocus his drive and determination and readily work toward finding a way to get things done that was beneficial to himself and his co-workers. His primary occupation was stay at home dad and grandfather.

For Leobardo, his outside interests and hobbies became another exercise in learning and mastering areas that interested him. He greatly enjoyed unraveling the "hows" and "whys" that lay behind his hobbies. Leobardo was always pushing himself to learn more and to stretch his knowledge base even further. He firmly believed that the more things that he knew the more control he would have over things. His favorite pursuits were his children and grandchildren.

Watching his favorite sporting events by himself was never a problem for Leobardo. It allowed him to indulge in his own individual interpretation of the event. It was not uncommon for Leobardo to know what the right play or move “should have been,” and he would vocally address these feelings even if there was no one around to hear them. And if there were others around, he would still state his feelings and gladly debate anyone on their opposing views. He enjoyed following his favorite sporting events. Tops on his list were soccer, and his favorite team was las Chivas.

Leobardo's faith allowed him to better appreciate the gifts and opinions of others. This deepening aspect of his life helped him to accept his own feelings to a greater degree. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Leobardo's skepticism was visible when he found it necessary to place too much trust in one person. This was never clearer than when it was time for him to schedule a vacation or period of time away from his regular schedule. Leobardo loved the research aspects of planning a trip, but the actual process of relaxing was far more difficult. Still, he did manage to enjoy some time away. Favorite vacations included visiting his family in Mexico.

Leobardo was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Leobardo's favorites was birds. He had lots of birds mostly doves. They were best friends for about 25 years with different birds throughout his life.

Leobardo Mendez Amezcua passed away on May 1, 2018 in his residence in Redwood City, California. He died in his sleep. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and siblings. Services were held at St. Anthony's Church in Redwood City, California. Leobardo was laid to rest in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park, California.

Leobardo Mendez Amezcua was always drawn to what was measurable, practical and factual. He was a very competent person who expected competence from others. He could be headstrong and certain about the way things were supposed to be. He was determined in every aspect of his life and certain that he was usually right about things. He trusted his intuition over all else, even if it opposed the popular belief, and he had faith in his inner vision and speculations. He wanted to be acknowledged by others as having made a contribution to whatever he was working on. His family and friends will miss his fierce determination, relentless innovations and analytic mind. He leaves with all those who knew him many wonderful memories.