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Donald Joseph Mendiola

Donald Joseph Mendiola



Donald Joseph Mendiola, known for his boyish grin, kind heart and love of family, was born to Louis and Jean Mendiola, August 6, 1935 in Boise, Idaho.

Don graduated from Boise High School in 1953, where he was known for his defensive moves on the football field. His boyish grin caught the eye of Shirley Bate, and they were married December 30, 1956. They were blessed with two children Don Jr. and Bridget.

Don worked for the family business, M & W Markets, started by his father and Fred Wisnor. Then in 1968 Don and Shirley started their own family business when the purchased Johnny Horn Flowers, which later was renamed Mendiola’s Flowers. For 18 years Don was known as a good business man and employer as he served the Boise community with outstanding floral designs, with wife Shirley by his side. They sold Mendiola’s Flowers in 1986, and after a brief retirement, Don went to work at Ace Machine Shop.

When Don was not working, he enjoyed being with friends. Don and Shirley were members of Hillcrest Country Club where Don shined on the Hillcrest Bowling League, and would also give it his best shot on the golf course.

While growing up, Stanley, Idaho was a special place for the Louis and Jean Mendiola clan. Don loved to spend time at the family cabin, teaching the kids how to build fences and cut fire wood, and when the work was done it was time to go fishing or take the jeep across the mountain tops.

But most of all, Don was a family man, who will be remembered for his love and dedication to his wife and children. A reflection of his love for Jesus Christ that shined through his actions everyday. For the last ten years Don considered it a pleasure and a joy to lovingly care for Shirley, his beloved wife of almost 59 years.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Jean Mendiola, brother Louis Mendiola, and sister Mary Ann Morgan. He is survived by his wife Shirley Mendiola, son Donald Mendiola Jr, (Wendi), daughter Bridget Mendiola, grandchildren Christine and Dallas Mendiola and sister Florence Pierce.

The family would like to thank those that helped care for Don in his final days. Heather, Angelia, Kurstin, Jennifer, MaryAnn and Juliann your care for Don was tender, sweet and with great care for maintaining his dignity. Thank You.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 15 th , 2015 at 11 A.M. at Morris Hill Cemetery. An open house reception will follow at Hillcrest Country Club from 12 to 2 (club requests no jeans please). The funeral is under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
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