Gabriel Alejandro Mendoza, 22, passed from this earth on January 19th, 2019. Visitation will be 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene. A Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel.
Gabriel was born October 9th, 1995 in Abilene, Texas to Alex Mendoza & Tammy Everton. He graduated from Cooper High School in 2013 and went on to continue his education at Hardin Simmons University majoring in music. He was respectfully a member of the Hardin Simmons Orchestra as a double Bass player. He recently transferred to Texas State University to continue his music education where he continued to play the Bass for Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Gabe developed a love for music at a very early age. His dad taught him to play the guitar beginning at the age of 10. In an essay he recently wrote for TSU, Gabe dreamed of one day becoming an orchestra professor to invest in the next generation of musicians. Gabe’s love of music was reflected in much of his life and we are confident that he would want the music to go on. “Life & love go on; Let the music play” – Johnny Cash.
Gabe is survived by his mother, Tammy Everton of Austin; his step-dad, Travis McKnight of Austin; his father, Alex Mendoza and step-mother Jana Beall, both of Abilene; and one brother Sean Murphy, of Abilene. Gabe will be greatly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, David Everton & Linda Manley Everton; & his paternal grandparents, Jesus Mendoza Sr. & Antonia Solis Mendoza.
In lieu of flowers the family invites you to donate to The Gabriel Mendoza Music Scholarship fund. https://www.gofundme.com/51j5qco
We are deeply saddened by the news of Gabriel's passing. It is said that people that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, He will not be forgotten.
We will include Gabe in our daily prayers.
Adam & Judy SandovalLeander, TX
I feel for you Alex & Tammy.
I'm sorry for your lost.
I can't imagine the loss of one of my children.
I love you!
Richard WilliamsArkansas City, KS
Had a chance to visit with this talented young man several times. Very interesting and insightful young man.
Prayers to his family in this time of sorrow. May God bless you all during this time.
James EdwardsHamlin, TX
My deepest condolences. Gabriel was one of the finest musicians I ever had the pleasure to play beside. His devotion to music was an inspiration and he will be missed.
Walter NicoldsGreenville, RI
Our thoughts & Prayers are with you all. We are so very sorry for your loss. Gabe was such a treasure. May his memory live strong in your hearts.
Lorie KraatzLawn, TX
My deepest sympathy to Gabe's family! I pray for God's peace to cover you all during this difficult time.
Kathy SandersAbilene, TX