Rufino F. Dominguez Jr. went home to his final resting place on May 18, 2022. He was surrounded by his devoted and loving daughters when he took his last breath. Rufino was born March 8, 1943 in Tempe, Arizona to Dolores Robles and Rufino F. Dominguez Sr.
As a young boy, he attended grade school in the “projects” then Jr. High School at Edison in Phoenix and Phoenix Union High School where he graduated in 1961. After graduating, he attended Phoenix College where he received his AA degree while working at Walgreens.
He enlisted in the Army on June 10, 1964. He served as a proud member of the Armed Service as a driver and mechanic and decorated marksman while deployed for service in Germany for three years.
Upon returning from overseas, he married Carmen Morales in April of 1967, from that marriage they had three daughters. He joined the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in September of 1968 and worked his way up with MCSO to Deputy Sheriff and Homicide Unit Sargent until his retirement in 1990. The marriage ended in 1978 but he was still very much the protective father in his daughter’s lives.
In 1981, Rufino remarried Rosario “Margie” Flores in California and joined their two families. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona and lived as a blended family for many years. From that marriage, Rufino adopted his daughter Veronica, growing his daughter count to four.
From 1992-1996 he worked with the Maricopa County Attorney’s office as a criminal investigator. In 1996, he joined the Gila River Indian Community Tribal Gaming Office as an investigator and retired in June 2007.
Rufino is survived by his 4 daughters: Michelle Mckinn, Veronica Dominguez, Melinda (Gabriel Samora) and Maria (Jason Shelley), 8 grandkids, 1 great granddaughter; brothers: Richard (Dickie), Paco Benito, Freddy Dominguez; stepsisters: Betty Alcocer, Annie Quintana and Gloria Galvan, many nieces, nephews, cousins and Godchildren and his beloved dog Milo.
A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with rosary prayers at 10:00 a.m. and Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at St. Gregory Catholic Church located at 3424 N. 18th Avenue in Phoenix. Burial with Military Honors to follow at St. Francis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley and the 100 Club in his honor.