A Life Unjustly Stolen

Michael J. Mendoza
September 28, 1961 - August 13, 2018
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In November 2017 our father, Michael Mendoza, was diagnosed with Stage-III Oropharyngeal Cancer. He endured surgery & oral/facial reconstruction @ USC Hospital, followed by months of recovery & rehabilitation efforts, including a demanding regimen of Radiation Therapy in hopes of remission. He was truly committed to surviving cancer—But tragically on July 11th, 2018, our father fell victim to a violent crime outside of his home in Oxnard, CA, leaving him with a bullet in his brain... Fueled by relentless courage, he held on to life for 33 days; experiencing many highs & lows as he attempted to recover.

With a heavy heart & deep sorrow, we regret to inform you that today: August 13th, 2018 our father succumbed to irreversible cerebral hemorrhaging and subsequent brain death, stemming from the traumatic brain injury (gunshot wound) he sustained one month ago.

The tragic series of events leading up to his untimely death were unexpected and undeserved—leaving his immediate family ill-prepared and with limited resources. His life was cut short and he was stolen from us before his time, at the hands of someone who will, one day, be judged for their sins.

Mike Mendoza was truly one-of-a-kind; with a generous heart, resilient spirit, and magnetic personality... his memory deserves to be honored.

With humility & courage we reach out to family, friends, colleagues, the community, and any others who know personal loss & have experienced heartbreak, for their financial assistance/contribution towards the unexpected expenses that are bound to come up. 

He leaves behind three daughters (Jayme, Melissa, Nicholette), four grandchildren (Calvin, Charlie, Myles, Leo), life-partner (Donna), and a close-knit circle of family & friends who will love him beyond measure forever...

...May he rest in eternal peace.
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