Retired U.S. Army Major James Martin Mendell, 86, 101st Airborne Division, 10th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, passed away March 20, 2017 at Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Residence in Pensacola, Florida after a short battle with leukemia.
Major Mendell was born in Walla Walla, Washington. He served in the U.S. Army for 22 years with assignments in Japan, Korea, Germany, and Washington, D.C. During his time in Germany, Major Mendell was the Action Officer at United States Army Europe (USAREUR) developing and implementing plans to move American medical facilities from France to Germany, Belgium, and other locations and served as Adjunct Professor teaching for an overseas branch of the University of Maryland. Returning to Washington, D. C. in 1968, Maj. Mendell was the Special Assistant to the Controller, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army. After retirement in 1970 he went on to a successful career in hospital administration and medical group management in Columbus, Ohio and Medford, Oregon before becoming President and majority owner of AFA Financial, Inc. in 1991. He resided in Sausalito, California until moving to Pensacola, Florida in 2012 to be near his daughter and her husband, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Major Mendell is survived by sons, Michael J. Mendell and Thomas E. Mendell; daughter, Melissa L. Holloway; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorla Dee Mendell and his second wife, Jocelyn Martin Mendell.
James Martin Mendell will be interred August 25, 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton, 850-564-1585 is handling local arrangements.