JULY 20, 1949 – JULY 23, 2016
Geronimo, “Ronnie” Samonte Dyogi, age 67, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Sugar Land, Texas. Geronimo was born in Manila, Philippines to the late Ramon Dyogi, Sr. and Aurora Samonte.
Geronimo attended Mapúa Institute of Technology in the Philippines. He spent much of his adolescence and young adulthood in international travel and training beginning at the age of 6 years old in various athletics and would go on to represent the Philippines in Judo for the Munich Olympiad in 1972. Geronimo trained at Tokyo’s Kodokan Institute, and received his first degree black belt in Japan at 15.
He took third place at the Asian Games held in the Philippines and subsequently won third place in three Asian Judo Championships held in the Philippines (1966), Taiwan (1970), and South Korea (1974); fifth place and seventh place, respectively, in the World Championships held in Mexico (1969) and Germany (1971); and twelfth place in the Olympic Games held in Munich (1972).
After this long line of International Judo matches, he completed his competitive years and moved on to join the Dyogi family, who had immigrated to the United States.
Geronimo’s family had moved from the Philippines and settled in San Francisco, California, where he met his wife, Evelyn in 1973. They married in 1977 and had 2 children, Michele and Stephanie. Geronimo held various roles throughout his working years, was a certified auto mechanic, and ran his own auto repair business.
After moving from California to Texas, Geronimo worked for the City of West University Place, located in the Houston area, in their Public Works division.
He retired after 15 years of proud service to the City of West University Place achieving multiple city-wide employee-of-the-year awards and gaining several certifications in water treatment operations.
At his retirement celebration he had the honor of a standing ovation from his co-workers and friends.
Geronimo is survived by his wife, Evelyn, daughter, Michele, daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Jonathan; and 2 grandsons, Alexander and Joseph. He is also survived by his siblings, Blanca, Marcial, Araceli, Albert, and predeceased by Ramon, Vicente, and Antonio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Geronimo “Ronnie” Dyogi’s Memorial Fund through PayPal, Venmo, and Go Fund Me or directly to the Dyogi Family, 142 Lissa Lane, Sugar Land, Texas 77479.