Dominic Albert Gonzales, 61, of Mesa, Ariz., peacefully passed away in his sleep on Dec. 29, 2022.
Dominic was born on Jan. 25, 1961, to Albert and Theresa Gonzales in Alamosa, their firstborn child. Dominic was raised along with his seven siblings in Capulin, Colo., and enjoyed the opportunities for outdoor recreation this community provides. He was an avid mountain biker and hiker, climbing Mt. Blanca several times.
After Dominic graduated from Centauri High School in 1979, he pursued a degree in Photojournalism at Adams State College where he developed a deep appreciation for photography, something he enjoyed throughout his life. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Denver in music production which served as his career focus for most of his adult life.
He worked with many studios in Los Angeles, Calif., but primarily on the crew at Stage M at Paramount Studios where the scores to so many of his favorite movies were produced. He even has an IMDB Page listing the features he worked on: Dominic Gonzales - IMDb.
Dominic worked at the Stage M crew until CBS bought Paramount Pictures and the scoring stage was converted to office spaces. He worked for several other studios after that including Fox and Todd AO but it was never the same. He moved to Arizona in 2012.
Dominic semi-retired soon after moving, he had 19 years in the field as a member of the union and more as an independent contractor. In his free time, he enjoyed visiting family and friends in Colorado, playing and recording music with his brother Vince, riding the local trails on his bike, and playing video games. He also had a passion for good restaurants, something he claimed was rare in Arizona and he often longed for a meal at his favorite eateries in LA.
Dominic was preceded in death by his mother Theresa, brothers Benedict and Patrick, sister Racheal, great nephew Damian, maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his father Albert, Brothers Vincent (Monica), Adam, Aaron, Sister Denise (James). Also Surviving Dominic are many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dominic chose cremation and a celebration of life and services will be scheduled for a later date.