Zoilo Dominguez
1939 - 2020
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Zoilo Victor Dominguez

Zoilo Victor Domínguez, 81 years old, died Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 7:47 p.m. with his family holding his hands and telling him how much he was loved. Zoilo is survived by his wife of 53 years, Angela Viola Domínguez; his eldest daughter, Pía Aurelia Salazar and husband Jesús Salazar and their children Téa and Diego; his youngest daughter, Reta Isabel Domínguez and her children Zoilo and Aurelia; his two sisters in Argentina, Reta Paz Domínguez and Isabel Pérez Domínguez; nieces, María Isabel Paz Domínguez, María Carolina Paz Domínguez, María Alejandra Paz Domínguez, Patricia Pérez Domínguez, Ana María Pérez Domínguez and nieces and nephews in the United States. Zoilo was preceded in death by his father, Jose Santiago Domínguez, his mother, Aurelia Rosario Rabuffetti Domínguez, and his infant son, Zoilo Felipe.

Zoilo was born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina on Sunday, January 1, 1939. His father died when he was four years old and his mother, Aurelia, moved the family to San Miguel de Tucumán. He started playing basketball at age 15, for Club San Martin and later Club All Boys in Tucumán. In 1963, Zoilo made the Argentine National Team and played in the World Championship in Brazil. Zoilo played so well, he was offered a basketball scholarship to play and study in the United States.

Zoilo arrived in Albuquerque, NM in October 1963 to play basketball for the Don's at St. Joseph's College, later the University of Albuquerque, not knowing any English. His freshman year, he broke the school's shooting and rebounding records. Zoilo was named NAIA All-American honorable mention in 1965 and First Team All-District and All-American in 1966. He had a standout basketball career, playing over 100 games in college, averaging 23 points and 17 rebounds a game. Zoilo was named Tucumán's 100 sport's idols in a book by Víctor F. Lupo. Zoilo graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in physical education.

On April Fool's Day, 1967, Zoilo married Angela Viola Rael and decided to reside permanently in the United States. He was an extremely devoted son to his mother Aurelia in Tucumán writing her letters every single day. Zoilo took his daughters Pía and Reta to Argentina often to know their Abuelita Aurelia and where he maintained life-long friendships.

Zoilo worked as superintendent for Bob Rutherford Construction Company for 31 years and was known for his demand for hard work and attention to detail. After retirement, he maintained a home in Argentina where he wintered every year, sitting in outdoor cafes, meeting old friends, and going to asados. Zoilo was greatly loved on two continents and was missed whenever he left one for the other. In 1989, Zoilo became a citizen of the USA while maintaining citizenship in Argentina.

Zoilo was unforgettable. Handsome yet extremely imposing - a giant not only in stature but in the size of his heart. "Babu," adored his daughters and grandchildren and loved them unconditionally. For them, he would do and build anything, including masonry walls, life-size trial exhibits, cook homemade Italian salsa, store live goats in his garage no questions asked, drive grandchildren from school and sports and run many errands on their behalf. Zoilo was also extremely strong and coordinated and would entertain family by riding a bicycle backwards or walking on his hands. While he could be intimidating, Zoilo was the man who called to ensure you arrived at your destination safely, visited you in the hospital, and took the homeless blankets and food in freezing weather. A compulsive protector, he never stopped reminding his adult daughters to "Lock the Doors!" He had the funniest sense of humor, making everyone laugh, even when they didn't understand his jokes.

Zoilo lived life on his own terms. Despite debilitating lung illnesses, Zoilo remained strong and proud to the very end. While he loved to help everyone, Zoilo had a very hard time accepting help. He was very grateful for all the care provided by his loving family, especially for his devoted wife "Bayola" and for delicious meals cooked by his adored son-in-law, Jesús.

Zoilo wished to be cremated. His ashes will be divided between Sile, New Mexico and in Tucumán. A Memorial in Zoilo's honor, with Argentine tangos, Malbec and Milanesa, will be held in Albuquerque next summer and in Argentina, December 2021, to celebrate a man who will always be remembered and enormously missed.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 25, 2020
Our sincere condolences to all the Dominguez/Rael families for your loss. Zoilo was a wonderful, kind, and strong person. We will greatly miss him. Our prayers are with you.
Donald, Kathy, and Daniel Rivera and Manning family
November 21, 2020
Zoilo we haven't seen each other for many years, but I always viewed you as my hero, not only as a great athlete, but as an awesome human being. It was an honor of my life to have met you. The fun we had when we double dated. Viola God bless you and the family in these difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers. RIP my big brother!!!
Walter Lopez
November 18, 2020
My condolences to Reta and the Dominguez/Rael family on the passing of the great Zoilo Dominguez. My dad was Henry Sanchez(St. Joe's College '59) and he bragged about Zoilo many times to me on what a great basketball player and person Zoilo was. He was proud to call Zoilo a friend and fellow St. Joe's College All American.

Darren Sanchez
Darren Sanchez
November 17, 2020
My heart aches at your loss. Be assured of my prayers on your behalf.
Anthony E. Romero
November 15, 2020
Condolences from Enedina, Raul and Leonard Rivera. May Zoilo Rest In Peace.
Leonard Rivera
November 15, 2020
I met Zoilo in 1963 and found him to be a remarkable man. I covered some of his basketball games when St. Joseph's Dons was an outstanding basketball team. My sincere condolences to his family, and especially Angela whom I knew well.
Kelo Salazar
Carmel, Ca
Kelo Salazar
November 15, 2020
Zoilo fue un buen amigo en la Universidad de Albuquerque. Que descanse en paz.
Julia Rosa Lopez-Emslie
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