OBITUARY

Alejandro Martin Mendiola

April 14, 1969April 10, 2021
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Alejandro “Alex” Martin Mendiola, 51, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Sugar Land, Texas on April 10th, 2021 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Alex was born on April 14th, 1969 in Houston, Texas to Cuban immigrants, Victor “Vitico” Alejandro Mendiola, M.D. and Elsa Estella Mendiola. Alex attended St. Thomas Moore Catholic School (Class of 1984), and continued to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School (Class of 1988). Upon graduation, he attended the University of Houston and double majored in Biology and Chemical Engineering. With a career predominantly in the oil and gas industry, Alex worked for Schlumberger, Hess, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Alex met his wife Carrie on a Caribbean cruise in 1990. Soon after, they started a long-distance relationship, resulting in Carrie relocating from Wisconsin to Houston. In 1995 they married in Germantown, Wisconsin on one of the hottest days of the year. 1997 marked the start of their family with the birth of their daughter Anna Marie, followed by their son Alejandro Joseph in 1999, and their second son Ignacio Martin in 2001.

Alex spent much of his time with his family on the coast of Galveston, Texas at their beach house. Here he could be found driving his golf cart to catch the sunset, boating to the Blue Hole sandbar, and fishing alongside the company of friends and family. A true craftsman, Alex also enjoyed wood working. He took pleasure in collecting tools for his own workshop, and spent countless hours building furniture and working on home improvement projects. Some would say he would invent projects to grow his tool collection.

There are many ways one could describe Alex: a car enthusiast, a grill master, and most importantly, an amazing husband and father. He rarely missed a sporting event or school function, and was always present for those dreaded college moves. He was a strong pillar of support for those around him due to his patience, gentle disposition, and wisdom. He will be missed by his family, co-workers, and friends, many of whom considered him family.

The Mendiola family wishes to thank his nurse, Augusta, for all her efforts to keep Alex comfortable during his last weeks as he valiantly and graciously fought cancer. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Julio Peguero, Dr. Van Morris, and their respective staff for the excellent medical care he received. Alex is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Carrie Lynn Mendiola, daughter Anna Marie Mendiola, son Alejandro Joseph Mendiola, son Ignacio Martin Mendiola, and brother Victor Octavio Mendiola, M.D.

Alex’s wake and Rosary will be held at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, from 4-8 pm on Thursday, April 15th, 2021. The funeral mass celebrating his life will be held at St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479 on Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 10 am. Interment will be at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Blvd., Houston, Texas 77077 for immediate family only.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Recital of The Rosary

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 16, 2021

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Jarvis Outlaw

April 15, 2021

Mendiola family and friends

Alex was the second person I hired in my new role at BSEE in the Houston office. His calm demeanor, smile and laughter always lightened up the office when we had our tense moments. Over the years, we would talk less about work and more about family and friendships. I would stop by his office to chat regarding his weekend or his upcoming trips to Galveston, Lubbock or his past trips driving to Wisconsin where Carrie’s family resides. I will miss our silent moments of looking at each other and you giving me a shrug of the shoulders as we both questioned what was said in meetings. Although, you were soft spoken, when you elevated your voice, people took notice because it showed your passion on the discussion. Our work trips to San Antonio and New Orleans will never be forgotten as well your discussions on woodwork. You are a treasure to our Houston office and you will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are to the Mendiola family. Continue to keep his memory alive.

Jarvis Outlaw

JC Cunha

April 15, 2021

Dear Alex’s Family and Friends,
Alex and I were “neighbors“ in the office during the time I worked at BSEE in Houston. We were both early birds and in many occasions we would have a morning chat. I will always value Alex friendship, knowledge and professionalism.
My deepest condolences.
JC Cunha

Sandra Wiegand

April 15, 2021

Dear Mendiola-Wagner Family,

Alex was such a special friend to me, he was one of a kind, always willing to listen and share his words of wisdom. He was a friend, a colleague, a mentor. We shared many lunches, coffee breaks, walks, and laughs. Many of the laughs were in Spanglish. I feel blessed to have known him... I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers, sending you all our love in this difficult moment.

Abrazos, Sandra

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure" Author unknown

Stacey Noem

April 15, 2021

To the Mendiola family,
My sincere condolences to all of you during this very difficult time. Alex was a very special guy who was well loved by his colleagues. He had an impact on so many folks in the Gulf of Mexico Region. Many folks have shared how much they miss being in the office due to COVID because they really enjoyed daily lunches with Alex. He is and will continue to be missed.
Sincerely,
Stacey Noem
Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Abraham Chempil

April 15, 2021

Bible (Psalms 23 :4) " Even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil , for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me ".
I remember Alex as a kind and benevolent person, if i can share one memory is during Hurricane Ike he send a Generator and entire truck load of supplies and fuel to get us thru the power-cut days.

Carrie keeping you and the kids in our prayers.

Minatte Matta

April 15, 2021

I've had the pleasure of being Alex's office neighbor the last four years- most days, he was the first person I started my day to. We shared stories of our weekend adventures, conversations about politics, religion, family, relationships, life struggles and undoubtedly, there were always lots of laughs. I will never take for granted the impact he had on me and how special of a presence he was. He truly was such a light and I thank God that I had the pleasure of sharing theses last few years with him.

"Happy Thumbs up Thursday", my friend. I will see you again.

To Carrie, Anna, Alex and Iggy- you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

"Blessed is the man You choose and cause to approach You that he may dwell in Your courts" (Psalm 65:4)

Megan Elliott

April 15, 2021

Mendiola Family,

I, and our entire OORP and BSEE family, are so very sorry for your loss. Alex touched each and everyone of us in amazing ways in the time we knew him, with his light and kindness radiating through every conversation and action.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,

Megan Elliott

Alex and Susan Bernal

April 14, 2021

Written by Susan Bernal.

When people are just ordinary and go through life simply putting one foot in front of the other, your passing will be ordinary and those around you will continue on simply putting one foot in front of the other unabated. But if you are exceptional in how you love your family and friends, in how you touch strangers and help those in need, those around you wil abruptly halt and deeply mourn your passing because while they know without reservation that you are in God’s awesome embrace, they are left behind without you, your love, your friendship, your wisdom, your smile, your helping hand. So many lives have stopped because you loved them or touched them in ways you may not have even known, but they know because you were in their life. For those you left behind the only way to move forward in their grief is to live as you did — loving fiercely, caring deeply and laughing and joking with total abandon.

~ Inspired by Alex Mendiola

Kasondra Fehr

April 14, 2021

Mendiola Family,

I just can’t thank you enough for all the time and memories we have had together in the past 20 years. Alex will always have a special place in my heart and was a great husband and father. My sincerest condolences to Carrie, Anna, Alex Jr., and Iggy. I love you all.

Kasondra

Holly Hopkins

April 14, 2021

My condolences to Alex's family and friends. This was unexpected sad news. I very much enjoyed working with Alex. He will be missed.

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