Mitchell Joseph Biondi, 63, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in his home in Houston, TX with his family by his side, after six years of living with sarcoma cancer. Mitch was born on December 20th, 1957 in San Francisco, California, home of his beloved 49ers, to Shirley Smith and the late Rudolph Biondi.
Mitch's exceptional intelligence was clear from an early age. From founding the "North American Mammal Society" as a second grader, to graduating salutatorian from his high school and attending University of California Berkeley on a full academic scholarship, Mitch's intellect and tenacity were evident to all who met him. He graduated with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering in 1980 and accepted a job at Brown & Root (later to be KBR) in Houston, Texas. Mitch's work defined him in many ways. He met complex engineering problems with enthusiasm, creativity, and meticulous attention to detail day in and day out over his 40 years at the company.
In 1986, Mitch met his lifelong companion and wife Susan. They started their family together and had three children: Annie, Sebastian, and Johnny. He enjoyed spending time with his family, refining his extensive music collection, cooking Italian food, being in nature, bird watching, reading, and of course, watching sports. Mitch was a diehard sports fan, especially when it came to his California teams.
Mitch was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph Biondi. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Smith, and his stepfather, Clark Smith; his siblings, Gary and Tracy; his wife and three children. His family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of our family and friends near and far, to Mitch's supportive co-workers, and to his dedicated care team at MD Anderson.
A virtual memorial service will take place this Sunday, March 21st at 4:00 in the afternoon CDT. You can join the zoom through this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84228911590
Our family requests that any donations be made on Mitch's behalf to FASD Communities, an organization dedicated to supporting young adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, as Mitch always wished for a more accepting and accessible world for his youngest son.
He will be remembered as an extremely intelligent, persevering, hardworking, and deeply caring man who loved his family, and above all, wanted everyone in his life to be happy.