Bio: Donald ďDonĒ Domenigoni
Don Domenigoni grew up on the Winchester
Ranch still owned and operated by his farming family since 1879, when
his great grandfather settled there from Switzerland. He went to
Winchester and Hemet schools, active in Winchester Harvesterís 4H and
Hemet FFA. He graduated from Hemet High school in 1972. Don majored in
Biology at Mt. San Jacinto College, and graduated in 1974. At Cal State
Poly Pomona, he majored in Agricultural Biology, and graduated with a
Bachelorís of Science Degree in 1978.
In 1978, Don went to work for Riverside
County Agricultural Department, beginning in the Indio office after two
years. He was transferred to the San Jacinto office, and became the
Supervisor for the San Jacinto Valley for the Commissionerís office. His
duties ranged from vertebrate pest control, weed abatement, pesticide
regulation, plant quarantine, apiary inspections, enforcement of county
ordinances, and export certification, as well as supervisory duties. Don
was recently honored by his employees on October 1st,
2013, as he retired, after 35 years of dedicated service.
Don is a member of the Farm Bureau, in
which his family is very active, serving in many leadership roles. He
continues his long-time support for 4H/FFA/Grange Club by judging and
supporting the Southern California (Farmerís) Fair, and buying local
project animals such as pigs, goats and sheep from many students.
He also joined the Mt. San Jacinto
College Foundation Board in 1993, and served as Past President for three
years. He has served as Alumni President, dating back to the 1970ís, and
served as Alumni Chair for the Foundation for many years. He has chaired
the Scholarship Committee, Nominating Committee, and Development
Committee, and still continues to actively serve on those committees. On
the Special Events committee, Don has a very active role in fundraiser
events for the college, such as the annual Gala. He was honored by the
College for his leadership role.
Don served for ten years on the Menifee
Hospital Foundation Board, attending and supporting many fundraiser
Don married Sherri Stange, also an MSJC
alumni and active Foundation Board member. They first met in 1973 at the
Biology Lab. They enjoy fishing, travel, wildlife art, gardening and
attending community events together, and recently bought a new home in
Hemet. Don enjoys hunting, beekeeping, insect and stamp collecting,
woodcutting, and raising poultry and fruit.
Don continues his familyís legacy of serving the farming industry and
being an involved community supporter. Yet, his friends know that he is
dedicated and strong, maintaining his hardworking farm heritage. He is
still happiest out working at the old ranch, as generations of his
family still do.