Richard Theodore Mendez, Jr., age 51 of Clovis, New Mexico passed away peacefully alongside his life partner Steve Westall on March 21, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas. Richard was born on June 11, 1966 in Clovis, New Mexico to the home of Richard Mendez, Sr and Marie (Selgado) Mendez.
He attended Eastern New Mexico University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and obtained another Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. Richard had a soft heart for all animals and rescued many and gave them a loving home. He was a very caring person and would give the shirt off his back to anyone if needed. Last but not least, he occasionally liked to drink a Bud Light to relax and hang out.
He is preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Richard is survived by his Life Partner, Steve Westall; his brother, Nathan (Tram Vo) Mendez, of Austin, Texas; his two nieces, Alexis and Alyssa Mendez whom he loved dearly.
A rosary will be recited on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:00pm with Deacon Daniel Chavez in the Steed-Todd Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 10:00am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Fr. Eli Valadez. Cremation will take place after services and a private burial will take place at a later date. Serving as Pall Bearers will be Daniel Gallegos, Nick Dominguez, Alan Weber, Carlos Rivero, Gabriel Velasquez, and Danny Rainey.
Richard’s family requests that everyone attending his service to please wear bright colors to honor and celebrate Richard’s life.
A special thanks to the BSA Hospital and staff and BSA Hospice and staff for their care and compassion at the most difficult time.
May you rest peacfully cousin.
Brenda S MendezPhx, AZ
RIP BRO,god bless your soul, we had good times at work and commuting to Portales ISD.
Leroy CordovaClovis, NM
I just like to say Richard was a fun guy made my father happy. I'm sorry for the loss to the Mendez family as well as to my dad.
Ryan WestallDanville, KY
I was so saddened to hear of your passing. You were a very good friend of mine and you were such a kind person with a big heart. I am going to miss you dearly.....Rip my friend!!!😢 Steve I am so sorry for your loss, I know he meant the world to you.
Renee BacaClovis, NM
You will deeply be missed my friend. Fly high Fly high with the angels.
Susan WilliamsClovis, NM
My prayers and condolences to Richard's family he had such a Beautiful heart...God Bless You
Amelia ArchibequeClovis, NM
May God Give Comfort to All The Ones That Richards Life Touched....
Timothy GallegosClovis, NM
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Richard when he was a young man,so I knew the kindness he shared.May you find comfort in knowing that he is now in presence of Our Lord The Savior.✝️
Jose lopezGlendale, AZ
I loved you then & I love you now ! I will always remember the great times we shared , This is so heart breaking!
Alan weberClovis, NM
May you Rest In Peace cousin Richard!!
Monika OrtizNewbury Park, CA
Steve,I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and know that I will be keeping you in my prayers.
Denise Shaw RomeroClovis, NM
JessicaSanta fe, NM
I am so sorry for your loss. I too have lost dear loved ones in death. This loss can seem so overwelming. Fortunately, I found comfort in God's promise that one day I would see my dear loved ones again.(John 5:28,29)By petitioning our heavenly Father in prayer, he will give you the peace and comfort you need to get through your trials. (Philippians 4:6,7) May you and your family find comfort at this difficult time.
Brenda N, VA