INGOGLIA, Donald D.
A prominent attorney and leader in the Sacramento food industry, died tragically in an automobile accident on Jan. 23 in Hawaii. The accident also claimed the lives of his son, Philip, and grandson, Isidoro.
A lifelong resident of Sacramento, Don was born to the late Adele and Tony Ingoglia on March 20, 1939. He attended Bishop Armstrong High School, Santa Clara University and obtained his law degree at Hastings College of Law. After graduating from Hastings, he attended New York University and obtained his masters in taxation. Returning to Sacramento, he married Patricia (Pat) in 1969 and later founded the law firm of Ingoglia, Marskey and Kearney. Don was a highly respected tax attorney, representing some of the most prominent developers in the area.
Leaving the law practice in 1981, he joined the Ingoglia family business, Tony's Fine Foods, which was founded by his father. Don was CEO and chairman of the board of the company, which is a major specialty food distributor and one of the largest employers in the Sacramento area. Along with his brothers, Tony Jr. and Michael, Don was instrumental in expanding the business throughout the Western United States. He was nationally and internationally respected for his contributions to the industry.
Don retired in 1999, and enjoyed playing golf at Del Paso Country Club, vacationing in Hawaii and Carmel, playing bridge at the Sacramento Bridge Center and traveling the world with his wife, Pat. In the last year, their adventures included Africa, Israel, Paris and New York. He served on the Board of Directors of Tony's Fine Foods and remained a consultant to the company.
His zest for life, friendliness, loyalty and good nature were valued by a huge circle of friends, who will miss his infectious laugh, funny jokes and helping hand when needed.
Most importantly, he was devoted to his wife, Pat, home and family, including five sons, Dan (Nora), Peter, Philip, Thomas, and John (Shirley), and grandchildren, Liam, Julia, Sean, Izzy and Antonio. In addition, survivors include his brothers, Tony (Haley) and Michael (Kate); sister, Joanie Berger (Cob); sister-in-law, Becky Grichar (Grich), and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church (corner of 39th and J Street). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sacred Heart Church, 1040 39th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 or St. Michaels Church, 75-5769 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 96725. Condolences can be sent to www.gormleyandsons.com
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 1, 2013