Domingo Montelongo, 87, a long-time Sunnyside resident, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Sunnyside.

Domingo was born March 24, 1920 in Cuevitas, Texas, the son of Abelardo and Seniada (Leal) Montelongo.

In 1947, he married Josephina De la Fuente in Edcouch, Texas, where Domingo worked in the trucking business. He and Josephina were also migrant workers throughout the U.S. Domingo worked in the Hanford area, and on Priest Rapids and Wanupum dams as a laborer contractor. He owned his own truck, hauling asparagus, sugar beets, grapes and hops.

In 1971, Domingo became disabled but he was still able to putter in his yard.

He enjoyed gambling at Wildhorse and Legends Casinos and also in Reno, Nev. He loved spending time with his children and their families. Domingo was a people person; you could see him going down the street in his electric wheelchair with the orange flag on his way to church, the hospital or nursing home to visit staff members and friends. He also made multiple trips to the store to buy his scratch tickets.

Domingo was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

He is survived by his wife of 61years, Josephina Montelongo of Sunnyside; his children, Mary Villanueva (Tom) of Sunnyside, Henry Montelongo (Alma) of Pasco and Edalina Diaz (David) of Grandview; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Enrique Montelongo of Pasco; and one sister, Josefina Leal of Houston, Texas; and a daughter-in-law, Minerva Montelongo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Domingo Montelongo Jr.; one brother, Guadalupe Montelongo; and four sisters, Flor Montelongo, Aurora Solis, Petra Rios and Sara Alaniz.

Viewing and visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial was held today, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Burial was held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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