Father’s sudden death leaves many in stupor
Daniel Vigil, 52, was a man whose good nature and caring personality rubbed off on those around him.
His death Monday has left family and co-workers reeling.
Isabelle Holguin Vigil, married to Vigil for 23 years, said it’s hard for her to think straight right now. But she said she is finding some comfort in her belief that God decided it was time to take her husband.
“I say yes, it was destined. He was so happy here. He loved it. He talked about retiring here. And he died here,” she said. “Anytime anybody needed help, he was there for them. He was very caring and had a big heart.”
Isabelle said she spoke to her husband shortly before the accident.
“He had called me a few minutes before he was on his way home,” she said. “He would always come up (U. S. Highway) 50. He might have stopped at Rite Aid … his truck didn’t have front-wheel drive and it wasn’t four-wheel drive.”
Since he moved from San Jose, Calif., six months ago, Vigil worked two jobs. Recently he was promoted to assistant supervisor at Owen Brothers Moving and Storage, North American.
“He was doing a fantastic job,” said Frank Edwards, a 44-year-old supervisor at the moving company. “He was the type of person who affected everybody, even for the short time he was here.
“The next morning the owner of the company came down and we kind of had a memorial. Basically, we’re all still trying to work through it.”
Despite having two teen-age children and three grown children, Vigil found a way to make extra time to help those around him.
Dixie Hardy, the 70-year-old owner of Dixie’s Cleaning Service, was one person Vigil was there for as a part-time employee and as a friend.
“He worked so hard for me,” Hardy said. “He’s just been a great friend. He certainly loved his wife and was devoted to those kids. He just got a promotion and he was so excited about it.”
Hardy’s husband and daughter died recently. Now she’s alone and has a lot of work to do around the house.
“He helped me in my time of need. I was down with arthritis and he was right here,” she said. “He called me ‘mom’ and I called him ‘son.’ He’d call constantly to see if I was all right. He was just a real good man. I just went to pieces when I saw it in the paper. I cried and cried.”
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