Edward Mendick Dies of Cancer

Originally published February 6, 2004 in Orange County News.  Reprinted with Permission

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 He was one of Stanton's community leaders, a man who worked alongside his wife trying to help others.  

Edward J. Mendick, 75, died peacefully at his home in Anaheim Saturday Feb 1, from brain cancer.

Mr. Mendick was born in Oslo, MN March 6, 1928 to Edward and Agnes Mendick.  He married Elizabeth Sanford in 1985.

Survivors include his wife; sisters, lone Awes and Gloria Selnes, both of Oslo MN; stepchildren, Daniel and Cheryl Sanford, Matt and Eileen Tebberts, Thomas and Deborah Sanford, and Michael and Michele Sanford; 11 grandchildren t; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mendick was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and wife Donna Pownell.

He was a retired teacher and coach with the Anaheim Union High School District, which includes North Stanton.  He was an active member of the Stanton Lions Club and served as president five times.  

Visitation was Wednesday at Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary 14801 Beach Blvd., Westminster.  His funeral was held Thursday Morning at Our Redeemer Lutheran church 12301 Magnolia St., Garden Grove.

A reception followed the service at the Stanton Lions Club 10581 Chestnut St., Stanton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stanton Lions Club

Mendick was the fifth of eight children.  He attended school in Oslo and graduated from Oslo High School in June 1946.

Upon graduation, Mendick enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Pacific.  He was honorably discharged in 1948.

Mendick enrolled at the University of North Dakota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1954.  while in college, he met and married Donna Pownell.

His first teaching assignment took him to St. John's, ND where he taught Indian children.  To escape the cold, Ed and Donna Mendick decided to move to California in 1957.

they moved to Hermosa Beach where he taught high school for one year.  they bought their first home in Anaheim and Mendick began his 29-year career teaching and coaching in Anaheim Unified School District.

Mendick taught and coached at Brookherst, Cresent, and South Junior high schools.  He retired from Sough Jr. High as athletic director.

One of Mendick's coach highlights was finishing the 1972-1973 season at Cresent Jr. High undefeated and winning the city championship.

Donna died in 1984.  The following year, Mendick met and married Betty Sanford who also had been widowed.  He shared a happy and wonderful life with Betty.

Not only did Mendick gain a wife, he also added an instant family. he became a father and grandfather.

he also said his grandchildren were a blessing to him. his grandchildren were fortunate to have a loving grandpa with wise advice and a wonderful sense of humor.  through numerous sporting events, band concerts, school plays and graduations, you could see Ed's great joy and pride in his grandchildren.  in recent years, he was blessed with three great grandchildren. 

one of ed Mendick's passions was the Stanton Lions Club.  For 40-plus years he cherished dearly a group of  people who served with dedication to may great causes.  In the process, he gained life long friends.

Mendick not only served as president five times, he also was the district zone chairman and held many other offices.  

Mendick was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions International " for dedicated humanitarian services."  another Lions highlight occurred when he received the distinguished Service Award fro the Greater Stanton Chamber of Commerce.  He was the nominee of the Lions Club.

Typical of Mendick, he shifted the spotlight from himself.  Accepting the award , he explained what the Lions Club is and its record of community service.  

To quote one of his fellow Lions: "He was exemplalary of what the Lions are all about and because of him I have never been more proud to be part of any organization.  As for me, Ed was always been an inspiration and role model of how to be the best Lion I can possibly be."

To Ed Mendick, service to his community and this cause gave him much joy and satisfaction.  His legacy is his family and his fellow Lions who will carry on.




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