Obituary: Allen Henry Medendorp Apr. 16, 1943 – Nov. 21, 2021

Allen Henry Medendorp, age 78, lost his fight with pancreatic cancer in the early morning of November, 21, 2021 in Los Alamos, NM.  He was born April 16, 1943 to Henry and Annette Medendorp in Grand Haven, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 54 years, Mary Medendorp. They were married on June 16, 1967.

He is survived by his three children, Gregory A. Medendorp (Anna) of Albuquerque, NM; Lisa A. Navarrete (James) of San Antonio, TX; and Brian J. Medendorp (Haley) of Nashua, NH. Al has two grandchildren, Elena Navarrete of San Antonio, TX and Otto Medendorp of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his sisters Ada Busby and Betty Juell (Maynard) and two nephews and a niece and their children.

Al graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 1964 and from University of Michigan with his Electrical Engineering Degree in 1967. Al and Mary married in 1967 and moved to Minneapolis, MN. They then moved to Omaha, NE where Greg and Lisa were born. Shortly after moving to Oklahoma, Brian was born. In addition to Minneapolis and Omaha, Mary and Al have lived in Alameda, CA; Edmond, OK; Neenah, WI; and Los Alamos, NM. Al worked many Electrical Engineering jobs which included Kimberly Clark, Merrick, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Al enjoyed woodworking, hiking, downhill skiing, and working on his classic car. He enjoyed traveling to Breckenridge, CO and many other adventurous destinations around the United States with friends and family.  Al enjoyed working on his homes as well at the homes in the small rental management business.

Al had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and served in his churches in all the towns he lived in. He served as an elder at the White Rock Presbyterian Church. As a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Allen will be deeply missed.

Allen’s family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Mission of the North, a group of Presbyterian Churches in Northern New Mexico. Or you can make a check out to “WRPC” putting the ministry you would like to donate to in the memo line.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 15th at White Rock Presbyterian Church at 310 Rover in White Rock, NM. Internment will take place at Guaje Pines Cemetery.