Obituary of Abram Rivas Dominguez
Abram Rivas Dominguez (Ron), Age 83
September 6, 2019
Born in the legendary Wild West town of Tombstone, Arizona on June 1, 1936, Abram was the
2nd of eleven children born to his parents, Abram, Sr. and Carmen Dominguez.
Growing up chasing jack rabbits, playing sports and earning his keep by doing odd jobs, Abram
graduated from Tombstone High with the Class of 1955. A few months later, while walking
along the wooden sidewalks of “downtown” Tombstone, he noticed a sign in the window of the
Navy recruitment office. It said, “Free Thanksgiving Turkey to All New Enlistees”. That was
enough of a reason for this young man to cast his fate and pursue his future - turkey in hand -
with the United States Navy. It was a decision that would literally bring him around the world,
allow him to take part in history, and create the opportunity to become the husband, father,
step-father and friend that we all so greatly miss.
During his 24 year Naval career, Abram was stationed in many places. At one early location -
New Jersey - he met and married Margaret Helen Malik (Margo). Their family quickly grew to
include five children: Adriana Tschakert, Beverly Dominguez, Celeste Shenas (Peter), Don
Dominguez (Maria), and Errol Dominguez (Sandra). As luck would have it, the Navy eventually
stationed Abram and family at Ream Field in Imperial Beach, a town where most of his children
live to this day. His career highlights include participating in the recovery of the Apollo 8, 10, 11,
12, and 13 astronauts, being a member of HS-4 - aka the Black Knights, four tours of duty in
Vietnam and being selected as “Sailor of the Year” (Attach Carrier Air Wing Two).
After retiring from the military, Abram began a second career with Hughes Helicopters, which
eventually became part of the Boeing family in Mesa, Arizona. During his 20 years at Boeing,
his work included the development of the Apache attack helicopter. It was also during this time
that he and his new wife, Lianne welcomed another son, Kyle. Even though he was successful
in his career at Boeing, when recently asked what he considered to be his life’s occupation,
Abram proudly related, “I was a Chief in the Navy”.
Our family was so fortunate to have our dad retire here in San Diego. During these last 15
years together, Abram was able to know his twenty - you read that correctly - twenty
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Our family was sewn back together with his
presence as he shared his life’s stories, encouragement and love of life.
It is never easy to stay near as a loved one’s time with us becomes short. We are so grateful to
have been with our dad, grandfather and father-in-law as he set sail from this shore, going
onward to his next deployment in heaven.
“Fair winds and following seas” Dad. Bravo Zulu, Chief.
Abram is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-children, sisters
Adelina Witte and Marylou Fortner, brother Ronald John Dominguez and numerous friends.
Services will be held on September 23, 2019, at 9:15am at Miramar National Cemetery.To send flowers to the family of Abram Dominguez, please visit Tribute Store