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Daniel  Ortiguerra
Daniel Ortiguerra
Daniel Ortiguerra

November 25, 1946 - November 17, 2020
Born in Phillipines
Resided in Clive, Iowa
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Our father Daniel Punzalan Ortiguerra was a man with many names, but of few words. If he were writing this, he would likely pen one sentence - “Daniel Punzalan Ortiguerra, 73, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.” He would shrug and say, “What else do they need to know?” We should talk about the many names, Dad.

Daniel was born in Dinalupihan, Bataan, Philippines on November 25, 1946, to Margarito and Clarita (Punzalan) Ortiguerra and was nicknamed “Pamboy” after his parents’ favorite Filipino comic. He grew up alongside his late brother Zosimo Vitug, late sister Veronica Santos and sister Mirasol Carbungco. An older brother, also named Daniel, passed away before Daniel was born.

He graduated from Adamson University in Manila, Philippines, with a BA in Civil Engineering in 1968. He left college with a degree and two other names. “Pareng” to his oldest friend Jesus Tanghal and “D” to his college sweetheart and future wife, Cecilia Eribal.

Daniel and Cecilia were married on February 12, 1974 in Manila. They both emigrated to Des Moines after they were married. Shortly after, Daniel began what would be a nearly 30-year career with the City of Des Moines as a Senior Inspector. His coworkers simply knew him as “Dan”.

Daniel later added “Dad” to his list of names. With Cecilia, until she passed away in 2001, he raised two children, son Dean and daughter Lora in Clive, Iowa. With them he shared his love for The Beatles; showed off his jump shot in the family driveway (he was a member of the ACES basketball team in college, after all); took them fishing; and drove the family van on cross-country road trips, giant brown Atlas in hand.

What other names did Daniel have? “Danny!” That was the name that sisters-in-law, Rogie Eribal, Maria Eribal, Lea Salgado, Cindy Eribal and brother-in-law Tony Eribal called him. His nieces and nephews in the Philippines referred to him as “Tito Pamboy” or “Tito Dan”. “Uncle Dan!” was the exasperated shout you’d hear from his Iowa nieces and nephews as Daniel stood in the background at family holidays calling out the answers to a board game he had insisted he had no interest in playing.

When he retired, Daniel, along with sister-in-law Rogie, traveled back to the Philippines, went sight-seeing in China and visited with friends and family across the US. Back home in Clive, he and Rogie worked diligently to guard his lily-laden garden from menacing rabbits and squirrels.

Last, but certainly not least, there is the most recent name Daniel had acquired - “Lolo,” which means "Grandpa" in Tagalog. For the last several years, he has spent Friday nights going on dinner dates to McDonald’s and trips to Target with his grandchildren, Dexter and Evy Thiessen. Nearly every Sunday afternoon, he could be found cheering for them on the soccer field sidelines. A man of few words, but he always managed to find the word “yes” when his grandchildren were involved.

Daniel’s life will be honored at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 24, at 11 a.m., with close friends and family. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Cecilia Ortiguerra. The service will also be livestreamed below beginning at 10:45 am on Tuesday November 24, 2020. A link to his livestream can be found here https://youtu.be/Gh_OLOZZAoE or at the bottom of this page.

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St. Theresa Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
11:00 AM
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