May 11, 1926 - January 2, 2022
Alex C. Mendivil May 11, 1926 - January 02, 2022 Born Alejandro Mendivil, May 11, 1926 on a farm in Gilbert Arizona to his parents, Salvador and Isabel Mendivil. Alex, later nicknamed “Cano” by his mother, was the youngest of his three siblings, Salvador II, Alfonso and Amelia. During the great depression Cano’s family worked as farm hands on various farms; one being a dairy farm just south of Glendale run by General Glassford and another farm in nearby Tolleson, known as El Rancho de Tok. In 1938 his family moved to Fresno, California following after the harvest of crops to harvest grapes, then returning to Arizona in the winter of 1939. Once back in Arizona his family worked on Brown and Marley Farms. During his first year back in Arizona he would graduate from grammar school at Kyrene School. Cano also became a farmhand at B&M Farms; where he planted, cultivated, and harvested grain and vegetable crops. He went to night school for Agricultural courses, he learned irrigation work, drove the small flat rack truck in the fields, was taught to fly the crop dusting plane, and the wheeled tractor to till the soil. In May of 1944 Cano turned 18 and would soon be drafted into The Army Branch of Military Service on October 27, 1944. He was stationed at Camp Wolters, Texas for bootcamp and then shipped out to the Philippines to serve as Squad Leader with the 25th Infantry division in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations for 18 months. As an assistant squad leader he supervised the retraining program of 8 men. He coordinated orders received from platoon leaders along with regulation program activities. He worked in small arms marksmanship, close-order, and extended drill. Then ending out his service holding rank as Sergeant. He recieved The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, The Philippine Liberation Ribbon with BZ Star, The Good Conduct Metal, The Army of Occupation Medal, and The World War II Victory Medal. He returned home from the War where he was honorably discharged by the Army on November 28, 1946. Upon returning from the war he joined his parents who had settled in Victory Acres. He purchased a 2 ton Ford truck and made use of it to haul grain and earn a living. At this time he would begin to court Lupe Esquer and would marry her 3 years later on October 1, 1949. They built a home in Victory Acres and raised a family of eight children. During the 50’s he would continue to haul grain; some of his deliveries included families like the Hayden Family, who ran and operated the Hayden Mill and Cliff Dobson of the Dobson family. In the 60’s, he would go on and attend Mesa Community College to complete his certification in Bookkeeping. Shortly after Cano completed his certification, he partnered with others in the community to start a credit union through Saint Margaret’s Catholic Church. After leaving the credit union, he started at McClintock High School in the early 70’s, joining the custodial staff, where he was highly admired by both staff and students alike for 20 years. About this time, he utilized his certification in bookkeeping and offered income tax services to those in the community out of his home. As his business grew over the next 40+ years his clientele grew to over 300 clients including several small businesses that he kept books for. At the age of 92 he decided it was time to close the books on this chapter of his life to enjoy long days in his garden. Alex C. Mendivil was a wonderful, hard-working man who loved his wife and children. For 72 years he was married to Lupe Esquer Mendivil and they created a beautiful life together with their eight children and their spouses: Sylvia, Alexander, David and Rita, Daniel and Maria, Abraham and Noelle, Paul and Joann, John, and Veronica and Anthony. The richness of his legacy continues to grow with 23 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren. Alex Mendivil lived a long and joyous life surrounded by his loving family that he cultivated and nurtured like one of his gardens. And while he was here on earth he enjoyed the bountiful harvest of his family. We hope now he can look down on us and smile; as we are the fruits of his labor.
Alex C. Mendivil May 11, 1926 - January 02, 2022 Born Alejandro Mendivil, May 11, 1926 on a farm in Gilbert Arizona to his parents, Salvador and Isabel Mendivil. Alex, later nicknamed “Cano” by his mother, was the youngest of his... View Obituary & Service Information
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Alex C. Mendivil
May 11, 1926 - January 02, 2022
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