Upon his return to Sunnyside, Paul became a successful businessman, music promoter and Spanish radio broadcaster. Published by Quad-City Times from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15, 2019.

Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements. I will miss him enormously," Fletcher said. According to Biography.com, Mendez worked for the CIA for 25 years. (CNN)Tony Mendez, a CIA operative who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie "Argo," died Saturday morning, his literary manager Christy Fletcher said. As President of this Ministry, I have written over a thirty eight year tenure countless eulogies and tributes, however, this is a rough one. A celebration of Tony's life will be held at a later date. By sharing a fond memory or writing a kind tribute, you will be providing a comforting keepsake to those in mourning. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Magdalena and Teresa and his beloved wife Paula. Hipolito ‘Paul’ Mendez Jr., 77, lower valley legend and long-time community figure, businessman, educator, and artist passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. And we would be working on preparedness worldwide, prepared to handle the walk-in, for instance, that would knock on your door at midnight and say I want to defect," he said. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one. One of Paul’s proudest achievements was leading a team of “at-risk” youth at Sunnyside’s O.I.C. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Hipolito ‘Paul’ Mendez Jr., 77, lower valley legend and long-time community figure, businessman, educator, and artist passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Paul is further survived by his brothers, Rick Hernandez, Abel and Junior Mendez, and sister Ester Green. In 2004, Paul returned to business when he opened Aztlan Sportswear, a screen-printing shop in downtown Sunnyside. After graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1961, he served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator, before returning stateside to pursue his passion for art by studying first at the Seattle Art Institute followed by sculpting in Los Angeles. Alternative High School to three state basketball titles. He was quick-witted with a dry sense of humor which I enjoyed. Mendez's daughter-in-law, Olga Aran Méndez was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to a state legislature. Affleck paid tribute to Mendez on Saturday, calling him a "true American hero" who "never sought the spotlight for his actions (but) merely sought to serve his country.". Notwithstanding his storied career in music, Paul was best known as an inspirational coach, teacher, and champion of youth engagement. Be Nice. person will not be tolerated. Mendez devised a plan to create a fictitious science fiction movie called "Argo" that would be filmed in Tehran.

Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport is assisting the family with arrangements. Don't knowingly lie about anyone Threats of harming another The restaurant was Tony's life. Lots of sunshine. In 2012, Mendez told CNN he was the head of the CIA's authentication branch in 1979. Like he did at KREW Radio many years ago, our giant and hero signed off for the last time on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Get an email notification whenever someone signs the guestbook. He never sought the spotlight for his actions, he merely sought to serve his country. Tony was born November 2, 1965 in Davenport, the son of Merle and Carlene Mendez. He met Jonna, his second wife and a former CIA officer, while working in Russia in the 1980s. #RIPTonyMendez. Paul was the best man at my parents wedding back in 1962. Tony was preceded in death by his infant sister, Sherry Lee Mendez. Tony Mendez (1940 – 2019) was the ex-CIA agent who led the daring rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980. Always teachers at heart, they operated under the premise that it takes a village to raise a family and that with the right support and guidance, anyone could succeed. Be Truthful. Share with Us. On May 7, 1991 in Davenport, he married Cindy Brougham. To plant trees in memory, please visit our. I'm so proud to have worked for him and to have told one of his stories. BUFFALO-Anthony Lee "Tony" Mendez, 54, a resident of Buffalo, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at UnityPoint Trinity Rock Island. Affectionately known to many as ‘Big Paul,’ he mentored and coached hundreds of boys and girls in youth soccer, baseball, football, basketball, and the Boy Scouts. May he rest in peace. If you have an existing account with this site, you may log in with that below.

A business he often used to promote youth sports and to instill pride and positive Chicano identity through his original designs and artwork, until he retired in 2014. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Paul loved the company of family and enjoyed demonstrating his quick wit and engaging personality. Otherwise, you can create an account by clicking on the Log in button below, and then register to create your account. Death and myself are bitter adversaries, yet welcome friends; I hate what death does, but, I begrudgingly see the necessity of its ministrations. At KREW Radio, he continued a tradition his mother pioneered in 1950, when she began the first Spanish radio broadcast in the Pacific Northwest. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cindy; children, Mercedes Mendez of Buffalo and Harold "Bryan" Lewis of Buffalo; parents, Merle and Carlene Mendez of Buffalo; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Winds light and variable. No memorial events are currently scheduled. He enjoyed golfing, and loved his tractor and puppies. Tony was born November 2, 1965 in Davenport, the son of Merle and Carlene Mendez.

For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here. His story was immortalized in the 2012 movie "Argo," in which he was portrayed by Ben Affleck. Ex-CIA agent Tony Mendez explains how he hatched a "hairy" plan to rescue six Americans hiding in Tehran, on which the film Argo was based. 2012: Real-life spy behind 'Argo' shares the tale, This beetle can get run over by a car and live to tell the tale, Stephen Colbert moved to tears by Dolly Parton's voice, Bruce Willis reprises iconic role for commercial, 'Legally Blonde' star says iconic scene was cut short, Kim Kardashian tears up recounting Paris robbery, 'They are two peas in a pod': Toddler finds unlikely friend, Derek Hough returns to the floor on 'Dancing with the Stars', Fans torn over color of Billie Eilish's shoes, Mayra Joli identified as 'nodding woman' at Trump town hall, Matt Damon skewers Ben Affleck over new 'Batman', Kristen Bell opens up about husband Dax Shepard's relapse, Justin Bieber's footwear collaboration overwhelms site, Camera captures moment Nobel Prize winner learns he won, Teenager sets world records for longest legs, Argo was based on the smuggling of six US citizens out of Iran. Tony was always a joy to be around. For years, Paul and his wife Paula were pillars in the community, compadres to many, and informal parents to generations of children.

No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism High near 55F. "He was a brilliant man, a gifted artist, and a true American hero. Paul was born on Dec. 8, 1942 in Eagle Pass, Texas, the first son of Hipolito & Herminia Mendez, née Menchaca; fourth generation Tejanos. His legacy is a life of service to his community as a mentor, counselor, coach and motivator to … Tony and Cindy currently own and operate Clark's Landing in Buffalo, purchasing the business in 1993. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd,

Winds light and variable.. He was hard working but found time to visit. Online condolences may be made to Tony's family by viewing his obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com. CNN's Steve Almasy contributed to this report. In addition, he opened CASA Records in downtown Sunnyside and started ATM Productions.