Dominic M. “Don” DiGiacomo
December 8, 1933 – November 5, 2022
Dominic “Don” DiGiacomo was born on December 8, 1933, to Joe and Nancy DiGiacomo. He had an older sister, Lucille Dombrowski. Don attended Tech High School, then beauty school in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduation, he eventually opened his own salon on 33rd & Farnam streets. It was at that location he met a customer, a farmgirl from Tekamah, Nebraska, Linda Lydick. They were married on December 13, 1972.
Don was a professional trumpet player and longtime member of the Omaha Musicians Association. He was best known for his contributions to the Santa Lucia Festival Band. Don began his amazing 71- year run as a member of the Santa Lucia Festival Band in 1947. He followed in his dad’s footsteps, not only as a band member but as a 2nd generation trumpet player. He began taking trumpet lessons from Peter Cosentino, one of the festival band’s first conductors. Don felt honored to be a part of the band under the direction of both Cosentino and Vince Emmanual. He was named conductor of the festival band in 1977. In his 40th year as a band leader, he retired in 2017. Don also performed in countless other bands in Omaha, but considered his group La Banda his 2nd favorite musical love. Don was also an avid whistler.
Other than music, Don’s favorite hobby was golf. His friends would say he had a “unique” swing but that it was also extremely effective. Don and his wife Linda often spent time in Arizona or Texas, volunteering to work PGA tournaments, enjoying the sunshine, and spending time with friends. He would be quick to tell you about his two hole-in-ones over his golfing career, especially the swing on hole #13 at Elmwood Golf Course. He also loved talking about the picture with him and Arnold Palmer.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy; father, Joe; sister, Lucille; niece Anne Lang; and granddaughter Lia Sophia DiGiacomo.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; and children: Renee DiGiacomo, Joe DiGiacomo, Nancy (Jim) Henderson, Marty DiGiacomo, Tommy DiGiacomo, Mike (Erin) DiGiacomo, Dominic (Megan) DiGiacomo and Jaclyn (Chris) Oltmans; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
VISITATION: Tuesday, November 8th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 10am at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Family Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.
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