Abram Dominguez
Abram Dominguez
Abram Dominguez
Abram Dominguez
Abram Dominguez
Abram Dominguez

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.

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Committal Service

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Monday, September 23, 2019
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Drive
San Diego, California, United States
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of service and pull in to Cortege Lane 2.
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