With heavy hearts we announce the death of Joseph Ray Domingo. Joe passed away at home on December 23, 2017. Joe was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 25, 1954. He moved to Winnemucca as a teenager and made an impact on many people throughout his lifetime. Joe was a very talented mechanic and took great pride in his vehicles, especially the trucks he restored for his children. He always worked hard whether at home or on the job. In addition to being a mechanic, Joe was an operating engineer during the construction of the Valmy Power Plant, and then he worked for the Utah Department of Transportation. After seven years in Utah, he returned to Winnemucca and began his mining career. He loved being back in the great state of Nevada.
Joe spent more than 25 years with Santa Fe Gold and later Newmont. He worked at Lone Tree Mine from the start up as a shovel operator and later as a foreman. Years later, he moved on to the start up of the Phoenix Project. He retired in 2013 as the Production General Foreman. He had a strong, positive influence on many people’s lives throughout his career.
However, Joe’s greatest accomplishments were not in the workplace, but at home. He was the father of three children; Caroline, Janice, and Dan. He was so proud of the kind, compassionate, hard working people they grew into. Joe was also blessed with three grandchildren; Hana, Donovan, and Daylon, who were very special to him. He also doted on his beloved dog, Mr. Bud Williams.
To begin this great family adventure, Joe married the love of his life, Della, in 1979. Joe and Della had a fantastic life together full of fun, adventure, laughter, and always a lot of love. They shared a passion for travel, sports, the outdoors, and getting together with friends and family.
We all have so many wonderful memories of Joe. We’ll never forget his sense of humor, wit, and his ability to tell the truth whether you liked it or not. He will be dearly missed and remembered every day.
Joe is survived by his wife Della, daughters Caroline (John) Etcheverry, Janice (Sean) Elliott, son Dan Domingo, grandchildren Hana Etcheverry, Donovan Elliott, Daylon Elliott, sister Inez Bird, and many extended family members. He was proceeded in death by his parents Manuel and Inez Domingo, sisters Eleanor Nachiondo and Evelyn Domingo, and brother Manuel Domingo.
Joe did not want any services and we are honoring his wishes. But please, raise a glass to him, share some stories, remember the good times, and keep him in your heart.
Joe had no tolerance for any mistreatment of women, children, and animals. If you would like to make a donation in his honor to a local or state charity for any of these causes he would be grateful.