Dominic Renda
Dominic Renda

To travelers of the western United States, including the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska, from the U. S. Pacific and Micronesia to London, Dominic P. Renda was the aviation pioneer and management leader whose portrait and enthusiastic welcome greeted airline passengers on page one of their in-flight magazine. To his adoring family he was the loving and consistent hub of their lives.

Dominic Renda, 96, died on Sept. 2, 2006. He was born in 1913 to immigrant parents in the steel mill town of Steubenville, Ohio. His life epitomized the 20th Century American Dream. Through higher education, including juris doctorate, and equipped with ambition and devotion, he achieved academic and athletic excellence. While attending Ohio State University, he was a superb miler and track team co-captain along with the renowned Jesse Owens.

During World War II, Renda enlisted in the U. S. Navy, planning and negotiating naval air routes. His legal career, accordingly, led to the airline industry. There he went on to achieve professional success, first as Vice-President of Western Airline, later as Vice-President and Chief Operating officer of Continental Airlines. At that time, he established the Pacific carrier, Air Micronesia. Ultimately he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Western Airlines. Renda was appointed as director to numerous advisory and corporate boards, including the Bank of Montreal.

Renda resided in Los Angeles for six decades and Rancho Mirage for the last ten years. Thoughout his lifetime he traveled extensively, living and working for substantial periods in the Pacific and Europe.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Del Renda; his first wife, Patricia Vogts Renda; daughter Dominique Renda; sons Dominic P. Renda, Jr. and Patrick B. Renda; step-sons David Stoller and William Stoller; their wives; three grandsons, R. J. Horsley, Hunter J. Horsley, and Blake S. Horsley; and grand daughters, Leilani S. Renda, Alexandra E. Renda and Ashley J. Renda.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Odyssey Health Care Foundation, 71777 San Jacinto Dr., Rancho Mirage, 92270

All services are private, with FitzHenry Funeral Home Palm Desert Chapel handling arrangements.

Published by The Desert Sun on Sep. 13, 2006.
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When Mr. Renda didn't come into my office this year before Christmas to address his special 'Christmas Cards' and type his family itinerary of holiday events ---- I knew in my heart he was gone. To Del and his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be greatly missed.
Nancy Endler
August 24, 2007
Dear Del,Mimi,Buzzy,and Patrick,
I Take comfort in knowing that now we have a special guardian angel to watch over us. May our hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as we celebrate a life well-lived.
My Godfather and Uncle, Dom will be missed greatly.

With Sympathy,
Katie Vogts
Katie Vogts
September 13, 2006
Dear Del & Family,
My late-husband and I both worked for Western Airlines and knew and loved Dominic Renda. I was an Executive-Hostess Stewardess for 15 yrs., Jay spent the last ten years (of his 28 yrs. at WAL) as the Government Affairs Director, in Los Angeles. I am saddened by this news, but am assured that Dom and Jay are busily engaged in extensive reminiscence of "The Only Way to Fly", Golf, and politics.
My Sincerest Condolences,
Mrs. Jay C.(Barbara ) Woolley
Barbara Woolley
September 13, 2006
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