John O’Neil Mendoza, 77, of the McLewis Community, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Orange. Gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home in Orange.

Johnny was a lifelong resident of Orange, born on May 7, 1935 to his parents, Estella “Stella” Simar Mendoza and O’Neil John Mendoza. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School and was a Process Operator with lengthy service with DuPont Sabine Rivers Works followed by service with Cain Chemical and retirement from Occidental. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Orange and enjoyed sports cars, NASCAR, country music and spending time with his family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gill Mendoza, those who will most cherish his memory are his son, Brent O’Neil Mendoza and wife Cindy; daughter, Sherri Fruge’ and husband Jeff; close friends, Eunice and Rodney Barrett; sister, Amelda Williams and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Jessica and Kyle Mendoza, Lauren Peet (Daniel), Joel Fruge’ (Bonnie) and great grandchildren, Hayley, Sydney and Carson Peet.

The family would like to thank the staff of Answered Prayers in Orange, for their wonderful care and support as well as those serving as Pallbearers, Frederick “Freddie” Bourdier, Prentice Scarber, Jeff Fruge’, Joel Fruge’, Kyle Mendoza and Daniel Peet.