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Phillip A. Mendiguren

Formerly of La Grande


Phillip A. Mendiguren, 69, of Roseburg and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 20 at his residence. A Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.

Known as Phil, he was born Jan. 25, 1950, in Ontario, to John and Serafina (Uberuaga) Mendiguren. He resided in Ontario; Boise, Idaho; Spokane, Washington; and La Grande and Roseburg. Phil graduated from Ontario High School in 1968 and the University of Oregon in 1972. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1972 to 1974. In 1974, Phil married Delores Shelby. He graduated from Gonzaga University Law School in 1978.

Phil was an attorney with Gooding & Mendiguren Attorneys at Law and Carey, Joseph & Mendiguren Attorneys at Law, and he was a Circuit Court Judge for Union and Wallowa counties. He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, billiards and watching U of O sports. He belonged to the Optimists, Elks, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Toastmasters, U of O Alumni Association and Delta Tau Delta.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Delores; children and their spouses, Shelby and Loren Shaw of Roseburg, Julia Mendiguren of Eugene, Nicholas and Amanda Mendiguren of La Grande, and Andrew and Sarah Mendiguren of Wenatchee, Washington; sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Don Sadowsky of Eugene; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Theresa Mendiguren of Boise, Idaho, and Tom and Debi Mendiguren of Payette, Idaho; four grandchildren; aunt, Julia Uberuaga Coleman; and sister-in-law, Gloria Herd.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Serafina; brother, John Michael Mendiguren; and uncle, Joe P. Uberuaga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande High School Mock Trial Team, 708 K Ave., La Grande 97850, or the Special Olympics Oregon, Attn: Tristin Ross, 8313 SW Cirrus Drive, Beaverton 97708. 

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