Dominick Mario Deiro Dominick Mario Deiro, of Visalia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the age of 78. Dom was born in Glendale, California to Mario & Ann Deiro on May 30, 1934. He was proud to serve his Country in the United States Marine Corp from 1952 to 1960. In 1960 he joined the Alhambra Police Department as a reserve and served for 18 years retiring as a lieutenant. In 1960 he also began a long career for Brinks Armored Cars and retired after 32 years as the Director of Security for the Western Region. He loved his career and made lifelong friends in all branches of law enforcement all over the world. For a short time in the late '70s he took a leave from Brinks and the big city to try his hand at farming in Visalia. He worked for his cousin C.J. Ritchie where every day was a new adventure and the stories that he shared were entertaining and unbelievable. It was short lived and he was recruited back to Brinks where he remained until his retirement. Dom had a small taste of fame. In the early '90s he was asked to work as a bodyguard in the evenings and on weekends for NBC and befriended several Hollywood and New York celebrities. He also appeared on America's Most Wanted as a representative for Brinks, and loved being in front of the camera as a "celebrity." In 1996 Dom retired and moved back to Visalia. Because of his experience in law enforcement, he took it upon himself to become the "watch commander" of his new neighborhood and was lovingly given the title "Mayor of Orchard Court," which he held proudly. During his retirement years he enjoyed his time with family, especially his grandchildren, in which he took a great pleasure in spoiling. He enjoyed going to their many sporting events and was one of their biggest fans. He loved raising homing pigeons, a hobby of his that started when he was a young boy. Dom was a member of the American Racing Pigeon Union, Peace Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Wuz Fuzz. Dom didn't know a stranger. To know him was to love him. His jovial manner and friendly charisma made him unforgettable to all that knew him. Dom was preceded in death by his Parents Mario & Ann Deiro, and Brother Joseph Deiro. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vivian Deiro of Visalia; daughters Pamela Davis & husband Richard of Seligman, MO, Victoria Williamson of Carlsbad, Tawnya & husband Bob Pierce of Visalia; son Russell Horine & wife Andrea of Visalia; brother Mario Deiro & wife Janet of Indio; grandchildren Russ & Summer Davis, Kara Courtney, Noel Williamson, Lee & Dean Horine, Blake, Rylee & Alec Pierce; and great grandchild Jacob Williamson. A celebration of life will be held at a later date on August 31st so loved ones and cherished friends from out of state and country can attend. If you would like to be included in the celebration, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Cancer Research, Dom's favorite charity. Arrangements are by Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on May 17, 2013
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