June 17, 1953 ~ June 6, 2016
Alfred (Al) Mendoza, Jr. passed away unexpectedly at the all too early age of 62 doing what he loved most - caring for his cows with his wife, Laurel, by his side.A Fremont native and the son of a 4th generation cattle rancher, he spent his early childhood with his father and brothers on the ranch. As he grew up, he found a love for motorcycles, and raced dirt bikes and owned several Harleys, building one from scratch. He also bowled league, and liked to mountain bike and ski. Along the way, he gained a large group of friends who enjoyed the same interests.At the same time, Al enjoyed a lifelong career at EBMUD, where he began as a laborer, and retired as an Assistant Superintendent. He was well loved and respected by those he worked with, further expanding his wide circle of friends. Upon retirement, Al turned full time to cattle ranching, and did so with dedication and joy.Al is survived by his loving wife, Laurel Mendoza, brothers Robert and Frank, sister Marlene, Diane and Joyce. He also is survived by his stepsons Justin and Brandon. Al was greatly loved and respected by all those he met along the way, and leaves behind a very large and diverse circle of people who call him their friend. We will all miss his warm heart, bright eyes, and ever-present smile.Family and friends are invited to a 1:30 - 5:00 PM Visitation with a 4:00 PM Vigil on Sunday, June 12th at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA. A 9:00 AM Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, June 13th at Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA.