Obituary: James Mendoza Carbajal
James Mendoza Carbajal, 73, was born in Bisbee, Arizona, on Feb. 14, 1944, to Jose Carbajal and Juanita Mendoza.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He lived in Bisbee until 1970, when he went to Bagdad, Arizona, to work in the Bagdad mine.
James died peacefully at home with loved ones at his side during his sleep.
He volunteered at the St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church. He was active in volunteering with the Bagdad Knights of Columbus and the Bagdad American Legion. He enjoyed watching the grandsons play sports. Also, he really enjoyed playing BINGO, especially with his sister-in-law Diane.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Juanita Carbajal; his first wife, Bonnie; three brothers, Louis, Alberto and Ricardo Carbajal; sister Esther Trujillo; stepson Patrick Hernandez. Survived by his wife, Marie Carbajal; his son, James Carbajal; his daughters, Monica (Michael) Loveall and Lori (Semisi) Tuipulotu; stepsons Jon (Jen) Hernandez and Adam Hernandez; four brothers, Lorenzo (Barbara), Domingo, Everett (Ramona) and Eduardo (Gloria); as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Grandchildren are Joe (Mayra), Mike, Zachary (Lydia), James, Olivia, Benjamin and Israel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Arizona Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Home on the corner of Cortez and Carleton streets in Prescott, and a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
A Celebration of James’ Life Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Chino Valley. Final Commendations will take place at a later date in Bisbee, Ariz.
James’ family suggests memorial contributions be made in James’ name to St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church or to Prescott Adult Center (BINGO). Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with James’ final arrangements.
Information provided by survivors.