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Old 09-24-2013, 06:15 AM
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Nestor "Ernie" B. Domingo, 82, Eureka, CA

On September 17, 2013, Nestor "Ernie" B. Domingo lost his courageous battle with cancer.

Ernie was born December 2, 1930, in Oakland, CA.

After his mother died, he briefly moved to Arizona to live with his grandparents, then to Los Angeles to live with his father. There he attended St. Vibiana's Catholic School and met his lifelong friend Ben Basham. Ernie went on to graduate from Belmont High School, and was most proud of graduating from Humboldt State University in 2000 - at the age of 70 - with a degree in Political Science.

At the age of 17, Ernie joined the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served three years. Immediately after completing his service, he joined the U. S. Coast Guard then after completing his active duty service, Ernie joined the Coast Guard Reserve retiring as Senior Chief at the age of 60. While stationed in San Francisco, he went to night school to become a Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and received his certificate in 1955. This would become his lifetime career. During his time with the Guard, he helped establish the recruitment office in Eureka, and in 1988, was called to Washington, D.C. to assist the retired Merchant Marines with processing paperwork so they could receive the benefits they deserved.

Ernie met his wife of 62 years, Donadina, in Stockton, CA, on July 4, 1950, at a Filipino social. They married on January 28, 1951, and lived in San Francisco, where they would walk to Coit Tower, but didn't have $0.25 to ride the elevator. They moved to Crescent City in 1958, where Ernie was one of Del Norte County's first CSRs. In 1961, Ernie took a job with Humboldt County Municipal Court as a CSR, and later retired after 31 years. Ernie never met a committee or an organization he didn't join. From dance clubs to the Board of Directors at Coast Central Credit Union, Ernie got involved; to name a very few, Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, lifetime member of the United States Chief Petty Officers Association, Marine Corps League, Korean War Vets, Retired Public Employees Association, as well as Elks Lodge and Filipino American Club.

Ernie and Dona loved to travel together. After they both retired from the County, they hit the road and drove across the United States and Canada. They also visited the Philippines twice, and made countless trips to the Bay Area to visit family and friends. He loved to play golf during his travels, playing some beautiful courses, his favorite being Waikoloa in Hawaii. Ernie will be remembered for his magnanimous smile, the smell of his pipe and his genuine loving handshake or hug. The minute Ernie met you, you were important to him.

Ernie is survived by his wife Dona, daughter Stephanie Russell and her husband Alan and their children C.J. and Nico. Son George Cavinta Jr. and his wife Diana and their children Briana, George, Andrew and Gabriela. Daughter Teresa (Tere') Chase and her husband Matt and their children Marena and Sierra, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents Eloise Garcia and Nazario Domingo as well as his daughter Lisa A. Domingo.

Friends are invited to attend the rosary, Friday, September 20th at Sanders Funeral Home at 1835 E St., Eureka at 6:00 pm. Mass will be Saturday, September 21st, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church 615 H St., Eureka at 1:00 pm with reception immediately following at the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice of Humboldt or the Knights of Columbus c/o Ernie Domingo Memorial Fund, PO Box 1492, Eureka, CA 95502.

Ernie's family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Uma Suryadevara and her staff, Dr. Paul Windham, wife Kathy and their staff, Hospice of Humboldt and Joan and Jerry McDowell for their care and friendship of Ernie throughout his illness.

Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
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