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Events: Howie Award: 2013 Recipient

Riverside County Farm Bureau is Proud to Announce
The Howie Award Recipient of 2013

Donald "Don" Domenigoni

 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 events.

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.

What is the Howie Award?