Community support sought to defray Jose Felix Mayen funeral costs

by Contributed Content on April 30, 2013

Jose Felix Mayen

Update on May 2: Community support has been terrific and the Mayen family is very appreciative. Here is information about funeral and memorial services planned for Jose:

– A funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 5th at Crippen and Flynn Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City, the Family Visitation will be from 4-5 p.m., and service for all begins at 5:00 p.m

– A separate burial service will be held on Monday, May 6th, 3 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  It is located at the corner of Santa Cruz and Avy Ave., Menlo Park.

– The M-A community is holding a Life Celebration for Jose on Monday, May 6 from 4:30  to 7:00 p.m. at the M-A PAC Cafeteria and patio.

Menlo-Atherton High School grad Jose Felix Mayen was killed in an automobile accident last week. His heartbroken family needs help from the community.

Jose, age 23, propelled himself from humble beginnings to enroll as a student at UC Berkeley. He was on his way to school when his car had a flat tire. He stopped on the side of the San Mateo Bridge to wait for his Dad. His car was  struck by a speeding vehicle.

He leaves behind a loving family: His parents, two younger siblings and a long-term girlfriend.

Jose was a brilliant student and a positive person — an example in our community of someone who applied himself with earnestness and hard work to everything he did.

His heartbroken family needs help to pay for his memorial and burial. The cost is about $15,000, which is nearly impossible for them to absorb. Any community support would mean so much to them.  Donations of any size will be so appreciated; online donations can be made via Give Forward.

Photo by Betsy Sergeant Snow

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn Rakow April 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Jose was a wonderful young man – so intelligent, so kind and patient. He helped my children with soccer and Spanish tutoring, and was a life-saver for me during our recent move. He was always positive and up-beat, eager to help, hard working, and a great role model for my family. We will really miss him.


Matias Sanchez April 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

lo poco que lo conoci era una exelente persona muy brillate en todo lo que asia. en todo ponia todo el esfuezo para acerlo perfecto muy exelente estudiante y persona. sele ba estranar dios lo tenga en su gloria.


James Wilson April 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

anyone who has money, know that felix deserves the donation if ANYONE does. he was so genuine, smart, respectable, hard working, humble. i can only imagine the grief of his family. the loss of a man with such stature and everything in the world to gain. im still in shock. i liked to believe things like that don’t happen to good hearted people like him 🙁 he will be missed


Margarita Garcia April 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Jose descansa en paz. No puedo creer que ya estes con Dios, te vamos a extrañar. Jose fue un gran chico, un gran ser humano. Lo conoci en el Cañada College en nuestra clase de Lectura, me paecio un chico muy inteligente. Lo poco que lo trate, me dio a saber que era una persona luchadora, positiva, un buen ejemplo a seguir. Descansa en paz Jose.


Jose Xwkkur May 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Memories of you will continue to bring a smile to our faces and joy and laughter to our hearts until we meet again.


Saia Pahulu May 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Jose was my brother on and off the field, we even enroll in the same class in high school and college he was amazing watching him achieve so many things in this life. Is amazing Jose you will be miss but i always have a place for you and your family in my heart. We miss you bro we’ll see in the better place much love to you and your family from Saia…


Roxanne Carlson May 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Jose was one of the first friends I made a UC Berkeley. I recognized him from class while riding BART one day and decided to say hello. I am so glad I did. Jose was such a kind, friendly, and positive person. We shared our experiences as new transfer students, talked about family and food, sports and health. When I took BART to Fremont to visit my family, I always looked forward to having a nice talk with Jose.
I learned of his passing this afternoon. Although shocked and upset to hear about the loss of this great person, his memory has inspired me. I will strive to work harder in school, lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and be kind and helpful to those around me. I only knew Jose for the short span of the semester, but I think it demonstrates the amazing person he was that he left such a significant imprint.
My thoughts are with his family in this difficult time. I hope they know how many people experienced Jose’s thoughtfulness and kindness. He left a wonderful impression.
Thanks for being a friend when I knew almost no one on campus, Jose. I will miss you. Rest in Peace.


classmate MA May 4, 2013 at 2:50 am

Jose was a man of great achievement. What i mean by that is he achieved life how it should be lived by all. He achieved greatness right before our eyes whether that was in the community teaching a kid how to do math, at UC Berkeley or just being one of us humans eating with us, working with us, or learning with us. He woke up every single day BECAUSE of those certain moments of the day when he could treat someone kindly or help a kid with homework. He lived his life better than anyone in this world, better than I, better than probably 99.9% of all human beings. For the way he treated life, he is the last thing on earth I would think life would be anything but delicate and fragile with.

We see people get loads and loads of attention and recognition for the “things” they do in this world in the news every day. Those people have nothing on Jose. He deserves the best of everything because of his kind heart.

Jose, you were an absolute gentleman, a true honor to be in the presence of, and one of the greatest human beings I have ever had the pleasure to meet. May you be in paradise now, resting peacefully.

Much love bro


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