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MUMOLO, Dominic Passed away at the age of 91 on May 28, 2009. He was born in Los Angeles, on April 4, 1918 to Stella and Antonio Mumolo. He began playing the saxophone at nine years of age. After graduating from Freemont High School, he traveled with big bands before serving five years in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was married to wife Jeanne for 58 years before she passed away in 2000. He was a successful studio musician on staff at NBC, from 1949 to 1971, where he played on such shows as Dean Martin, Laugh-In, Andy Williams and The Tonight Show. He also recorded with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Nelson Riddle, etc. He continued into his 80's as a successful freelance musician with such bands as Harry James and Tex Beneke. He moved his family to Palos Verdes Estates in 1958, where for over 30 years he has instructed students on the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He was recently honored in his community for his service and inspiration as a teacher.
He is survived by his son Anthony, daughter Rosalyn Musacco, grandchildren, Dominic Mumolo, Annie Lovestedt, Laura Anderson, Dane Musacco, Kathleen Gray, Courtney Cornwell, and eight great-grandchildren. There will be a public viewing on Thursday, June 4 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5 in the Risen Christ Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 West Slauson, Culver City, CA. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, 3631 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704-6951. Please go to the mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute. Rice Mortuary Torrance, CA 310-792-7599
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 2, 2009
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