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Request for obit from Val Abelgas

Dominador Banzuela Vibal of Rowland Heights and formerly of Legazpi City in the Philippines passed away last April 22. He was 85.
Vibal was born on July 27, 1931 in Sto. Domingo, Albay, Philippines, to farmers Reymundo Vibal and Alejandra Banzuela.
The youngest of 11 siblings, he had no interest in farming and worked his way through high school as an assistant librarian at Legazpi Junior Colleges in Legazpi City at age 16. He went on to Far Eastern University in Manila and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Commerce made possible through part-time jobs as advertising solicitor for several magazines in Metro Manila, including Vibal Publishing House where he met his future wife, Ester Elba Gray, the company's accountant. They were married on December 8, 1962.
He joined Marsman & Company, Winchester Philippines and Scott Paper, Philippines after his marriage. At his request, he was assigned to the Bicol Region where he finally decided to make Legazpi City their home. He left employment and engaged in trading and transportation. He became president of Mayon Lions Club of Legazpi City, and was
Worshipful Master of Mayon Lodge # 61 of Free Masonry in Albay, where he was an active member up to his death.
After residing for 34 years in Legazpi City, he migrated with his wife to the United States on December 25, 1999, and made California their home. He joined Securitas Security and Investigation Agency as a Security Officer and retired after 10 years.
Realizing that heavy smoking for 40 years extensively damaged his lungs, he advised smokers to quit immediately and non-smokers never to start. He quit 35 years ago but the damage had been done. He succumbed to emphysema and lung cancer on April 22, 2017.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, children Joy Concepcion, Donna Dee (married to Dindo Haluag), and Ador Ben, (married to Sarah Latinazo), 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He will be brought to Legazpi City on May 15 and interred at Bicol Memorial Park in Legazpi City on May 20.

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