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Passed away to the Glory of Jesus on Sunday, March 22. He was a dedicated Father and devoted to Karen, the love of his life; his best friend; his romance; his hope and joy; his life partner. He is survived by Karen, and one daughter Debbie of Oklahoma City. His surviving siblings include Tony, Lydia, Richard, Fred and Cathy; and sisters in law Rebecca, Mary, Connie, Gloria, Jean, Rose Marie; and brothers in law Bob and Larry.
He was born in Coffeyville, Kansas October 29, 1946. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Evarista Mendoza; and siblings Jesse, Corrine, Charlie, Pete, and Joe; and numerous classmates from Field Kindley High School Coffeyville, Kansas Class of 1965.
Phillip’s career path was fascinating. He enjoyed the profession of Marketing and Media related business ownership. Formerly owned a Radio Station, Community Newspaper; and Native American Art and Jewelry Broker and Artist. He was a recognized Photographer and Abstract painter. He compiled a collection of approximately 75,000 photos of his travel and photo artistry.
He and Karen traveled extensively throughout England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Egypt, Greece, and Russia. In the United States, it was their beloved Estes Park, Colorado they revered the most. Their love for travel was only surpassed by their love for each other.
Phillip was one of those rare “Never met a stranger” persona. Whether a dignitary, a corporate leader, people of all professional disciplines and walks of life, celebrities, young and old, of all faiths, of all political interests…they all found that a conversation with Phillip to be fascinating.
To celebrate his life, we ask that you offer an act of kindness to a stranger or someone you love.