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PAUL DOMINIC De DOMENICO Passed away on March 14, 2013 following a valiant battle with cancer. Paul is survived by his loving wife and best friend Anita; his son, Paul and wife Laurie of Santa Fe, their children: Ansley, Domenic, Sabrina; his daughter Gina, husband Markus Flanagan of Los Angeles and their children: Leila, Isabel and Brianna. Other survivors include his sister, Christine Jackson and brother, Dr. Mark De Domenico of Seattle, plus numerous relatives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul Dominic was born in San Francisco, California on December 23, 1934 to Merrial and Pasquale De Domenico. After graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor of arts in Journalism, he served as an officer in the US Army. Upon his honorable discharge, Paul entered the family business (Golden Grain Pasta Company of San Francisco) and launched a brilliant career pioneering the first ever convenience food, "Rice a Roni, the San Francisco Treat." In 1960 in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, Paul married Anita Ludovici who left behind her promising career as a professional ballerina. Paul's family corporation expanded with the success of Rice A Roni. He served as Vice-President of the Golden Grain parent Corporation which grew to include Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., for which he served as President with factories in Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. After his father's death the company was sold to Quaker Oats Corporation. Paul and Anita moved to Hawaii where Anita and Paul established the Hawaiian Holiday Macadamia Nut Company, planters, growers, processors and retailers of Macadamia Nuts. They eventually expanded the retail division to include Stores throughout the islands of Hawaii, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. While in Hawaii they founded the Parker School, a private day school on the Big Island. They lived in a centuries old Hawaiian Plantation House which they restored. Their pride and joy was raising their two children, Paul Jr. (PJ) and Gina. In his career, Paul received numerous awards and was friends to Heads of State, Foreign Ambassadors, Middle-East and English Royalty, governors, key business leaders, politicians, and film and sports celebrities who wanted to meet "Mr. and Mrs. MacNut". Throughout his life he was actively engaged in political and current affairs with emphasis on supporting candidates who he believed in regardless of party affiliation. In 1968, he served as Northern California's Businessman's Chairman for Robert Kennedy for President and was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. He actively supported the elections of Governor Ariyoshi, Danny Akaka, and Frank Fasi and served as Italian Consul for the State of Hawaii. Paul and Anita moved to Santa Fe in 1989 to be near their children where they quickly became involved with their community and state and made many close friends. Memorial gifts may be made to the Paul and Anita De Domenico Fund for Cancer Research at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, in care of the UNM Foundation, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or Or: the Paul D. De Domenico Business Scholarship c/o WNMU Foundation P.O. Box 1158 Silver City, NM 88062 Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life which will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2 pm. For details, please call 505-989-4760. Please visit our online guestbook for Paul at
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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