Our beloved son, was taken from us suddenly and unexpected. We are all heartbroken. He was one of a kind. We will miss his smiles, hugs, kisses and jokes. Paul was born to Henry & Lucille Mendoza in Oakland, CA. He graduated from Irvington High School here in Fremont, CA where he was active in sports. He leaves behind his father, mother, sister Cindy Belias, son Paul Jr, brother-in-law Martin Belias, late niece Bianca Belias, and nephew Blake Belias, in addition to countless relatives and friends. He touched many lives with his big heart. He never met a stranger. He has traveled all around the world as an instructor on military vehicles. His last job site was at Ft Riley, Kansas where he passed away. He loved what he did and was getting ready to settle down in Arkansas, planning to build a small dwelling in Hatfield, Arkansas. He loved hunting, fishing and this was the place where he could do it all. He leaves us with an abundance of memories, we Love You Paul, until we meet again. God Bless.

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  1. Pauly… I’m still at a loss of words because of your departure. The stories you told me, the moments I witnessed that became stories, and the stories others told about you are the best pieces of evidence that you truly and entirely happily lived life to it’s fullest capacity, and there was no compromising that. Some of us in this world only wish we had that zest for life to live it as we desired every moment as you did, and many do and always will envy you for that. You are going to be missed Paul…

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  2. The Lord blessed me with my friend. The best memories, all the laughter, your honesty and your trust, your help, and your guidance. The great meals we made, fishing we did and all our travels. Paul you are my best friend, and my brother. I will truly miss all this, but I have you in my heart, and you will always be the best. Rest In Peace my brother until we meet again.

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  3. There is not many people I can call a true honest friend! I can count them just my fingers, Paul was one of them. He was one of those guys that would do anything for you. He would give you the shirt off his back and go without if you needed it. He knew and loved his job. He really enjoyed training the military and he was really good at it. After work he loved to have fun, it was always a new adventure with him and could always put a smile on your face, even when you wasn’t feeling it it or was in a bad mood. I believe everyone he met gained something from him and now carries a part of him with them. You won’t be forgot Paul Mendoza!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Pauly,
    Just know you are missed. You touched so many people and was a great friend. I know your in a better place just hurts that you left us so soon.A lot of my memories on the road had you in them. My condoleto your family . Stay frosty brother..

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  5. My heart hurts knowing I won’t hear your voice or see your smile again. We were looking forward to the day you could move here to Arkansas and live your dream. Thank you for being my friend. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You and I love you

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  6. Paul,
    You were a highly valuable and respected member of our team. You’re also what everyone would consider you to be, and that is a great friend. The effects of your passing are already being felt here by fellow employees and management. All of the guys thought highly of you and had the most respect for you. You were always willing to go the extra mile for anyone you came in contact with. There is a big empty hole here at SPS without you. You’re already missed.

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  7. So many great memories. I was so thankful we got to spend time together at our last reunion. You brought Joy to a lot of people. You will be missed.

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  8. Paul,
    You will forever be more than a friend to me you were my brother, you were family like everyone we surrounded ourselves with. Lord knows I would do anything for you anywhere, anytime. You popping smoke out of our lives is difficult to bare and enduring time without you will definitely be trying. I and everyone you considered your surrogate family have memories of the things you said and done that will keep us laughing well into our times until we meet up with you again. I only wish I could’ve hung out and shoot the breeze with you one last time over a beer and seafood but it will have to wait till next time we see one another in paradise. May God bless and watch over you my brother. You are greatly missed…

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  9. Paul and I spent a lot of time together, sharing an apparent in TX. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend in this world, we loved Paul as a part of our family. The world is a little smaller with out him

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  10. It was definitely my pleasure to know you Paul and our world will not be the same without you! You were a great friend, and I can just imagine your funny laughter! God bless you and your family!

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  11. I can’t express the loss I feel from your passing! We set up all our hopes and dreams of getting old together and you were my dearest friend! It now seems I have to start life over with out you, knowing you made all of us better and we were all blessed to have had you in our lives. Rest in peace for your work on earth is over and no amount of time will ease your passing. We have the assurance that we’ll meet in heaven, may God keep and hold til we meet up younder, your most humble and dearest friend!

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  12. Words can not express the loss of a good friend. Paul was the type of person who could make you smile and laugh just by his words or actions. He always had a positive outlook on life. He looked out for the guys while traveling and made sure they were doing ok. I could always know where Rod was because you and him were always out fishing or golfing. You never asked help from anyone but you were willing to help others at drop of dime. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. We love you.

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  13. I first met Paul when he was hired to train the Hawaii National Guard on the MRAP vehicle prior to them deploying to Afghanistan. Right away he was a very likable guy. I will never forget when he introduced me to Raw Oysters,UGH, I turned green trying to swallow them raw. He made me a promise to never talk me into doing that again. That was our private joke. I will miss you Paul, you are truly one of a kind. Rest In Peace.

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  14. My condolences to the Mendoza family. Paul was a good friend. I have many great memories from our days playing baseball in Fremont. RIP my friend.

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  15. Paul,

    The last six months working together was the “BEST TIME EVER”.. I m not sure if it was I who kept you younger or if it was the other way around. You definitely looked at life as a blessing. You enjoyed all that you could and made sure everyone around you enjoyed it as well. It was truly a privilege to be a part of your adventures. You will be missed Paul no doubt about that !! See you later my friend!!

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  16. We did not see you close your eyes,
    We did not see you die.
    All we know was that you were gone
    Without a last goodbye.
    It was a sudden parting
    Too bitter to forget
    Are only those who loved you
    The ones who will never forget.
    The happy hours we once enjoyed
    How sweet their memories still.
    But death has left a vacant place
    This world can never fill
    Your life was one of kindly feeds
    A helping hand for others needs
    Sincere and true in heart and mind
    Beautiful memories you left behind.
    Love you always Tammie

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  17. We did not see you close your eyes,
    We did not see you die.
    All we know was that you were gone
    Without a last goodbye.
    It was a sudden parting
    Too bitter to forget
    Are only those who loved you
    The ones who will never forget.
    The happy hours we once enjoyed
    How sweet their memories still.
    But death has left a vacant place
    This world can never fill
    Your life was one of kindly deeds
    A helping hand for others needs
    Sincere and true in heart and mind
    Beautiful memories toy left behind.
    Love you always Tammie

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  18. We did not see you close your eyes,
    We did not see you die.
    All we know was that you were gone
    Without a last goodbye.
    It was a sudden parting
    Too bitter to forget
    Are only those who loved you
    The ones who will never forget.
    The happy hours we once enjoyed
    How sweet their memories still.
    But death has left a vacant place
    This world can never fill
    Your life was one of kindly deeds
    A helping hand for others needs
    Sincere and true in heart and mind
    Beautiful memories you left behind.
    Love you always Tammie

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  19. We are so saddened to find out about Paul’s death. We recently lost a family member suddenly, in January, so we truly understand byte pain of a loved one’s untimely passing.
    We are praying for the Mendoza family. Til we all meet again.

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  20. Paul
    What can a friend say about you that hasn’t already been said we had some great times together the BBQ’S in El Paso Tx you would eat until you were hurting your laughter and your dedication to your fellow instructors was inspirational. You stood up for those who were afraid to do it for themselves no matter what the consequences were! I will forever miss you my brother and until we meet again REST IN PEACE! My deepest condolences to your family

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  21. I’m at a loss word on expressing how I feel. You’ve been my family while we are on the road. From an inconsistent job, you were the only consistency. I knew where ever we were at, it wouldn’t be dull. You brought adventure everywhere we went. From the Pablo special and escaping gipsies in Italy, to eating what I’d deem inedible foods in Korea. I will never find another person like you. You took “live life to the fullest” to heart and somehow reflected that back on others, and pushed them to enjoy life. When we worked, we worked, when we had fun, we were having fun. You single handily had cops destroy my yard because there is no middle ground between on and off. That’s what I loved about you.

    I take pleasure in being fortunate enough to spend as much time with you as I did. All our long car rides and sharing vehicles going to work, to listening to this endless playlist on my phone that we only made it to the L’s during our time in Korea. You’ve made my life better and left an unreplaceable void.

    I keep questioning myself if I cherished our time together, I know I shouldn’t, because I know I did. But what you told me in Japan as we split to join separate flights still repeats in my head.

    You are a reflection of your parents, and I will do whatever I can to raise my daughter to to be as outgoing and loving as you were.

    I love you brother. May you travel safe. Until I see you again.

    Team Italia

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  22. Rest easy Paul you will be missed. I know I will see you again Brother til then you will be a great memory in my and many others lives.

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  23. I will miss you my friend. I thank God I met you and you took me under your wing si I could sharpen my skills as an instructor, but more so, as the person you taught me to become. Thank you my friend and God bless you Paul, may God bless you always.

    I love you my friend,

    Wilfredo Urquia

    Will,

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