March 23, 1921 ~ September 25, 2012
Fred Vigil, a 57 year resident of Lawndale, returned to his Creator on September 25, 2012. Fred was 91 years old. Born in Espanola, New Mexico on March 23, 1921 Fred traced his roots to the original settler's of Santa Fe New Mexico. His great Grandfather, Donacianco Vigil, served as secretary of the territory and acting civil governor of New Mexico in the 1800's. Fred proudly served as a member of the First Marine Corp Division during WWII and participated in the historic battles at Peleliu and Okinawa.
Even as he possessed a deep love for the "Land of Enhancement" he relocated his family to California after the war in search of a better life. As a licensed electrician Fred quickly found work in the growing southern California aerospace industry. He began his career at Douglas Aircraft and 35 years later retired from Boeing Aircraft in Long Beach, California. Fred was also an active member of IBEW serving as shop steward and negotiating team member during his working career.
As man of faith, Fred and his wife Ascencion aka 'Senny" were among the first congregants of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance. He also was an active participant in the civic life in the city of Lawndale and in his later years the Senior Travel Club. Fred was an avid outdoorsman who especially loved the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains where he fished for trout. He shared that love with his son Robert and his daughters Sister Genevieve Marie of the sister of St Joseph of Cluny, Genevieve Vigil and Annamaria Vigil both of Long Beach.
Fred was preceded in death by parents, Albina and Epifano Vigil, his sister Annie Branch and his brother Jake Vigil. Fred is also survived by his brothers Arthur and Dennis Vigil and his sister Gabriella Garcia. The Memorial Mass will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Church on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at a future date at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Food for the Poor, Vitas Hospice or the Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny.
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