Michael "Mingie" Dominic Domico
January 16, 1923 - February 22, 2014
Michael "Mingie" Dominic Domico, 91, entered into rest on February 22, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 16, 1923 in Monongah, West Virginia. He was the third of twelve siblings.
Mike grew up during the depression and worked as a young man with the North Pole Ice Company and the Consolidated Mining Company. Mike graduated from Monongah High School in 1943 and entered into service with the US Army from 1943 to 1946. He served in WWII and spent time in England, France and Germany. He attended West Virginia University on the GI Bill, graduating with a BA in Industrial Arts in 1949. Later he traveled to California with aspirations of becoming a teacher or an artist. Mike met, and married, Concettina (Tina) Vianni in 1952. He returned to California with his new bride and began working for General Dynamics in 1956. Always a trailblazer, eight additional family members were also employed by this same company. Mike served as a Quality Control Engineer until his retirement in 1985.
Mike had a curious nature and a gentle spirit. A true problem solver, he never turned down an opportunity to fix something. Each summer he created a garden of fruits and vegetables. He was also a collector, with a keen eye for overlooked treasures. In retirement, much pleasure was derived from scouring local stores for the best deals. Although born, bred and raised a WVU Mountaineer, his lifelong dedication was to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Mike's greatest accomplishment and source of pride was the family he built with the love of his life, Tina. During their 61 years together they raised four beautiful children who have all gone on to thrive both personally and professionally. His eight grandchildren brought him tremendous joy. The moments Mike spent with his family were his most treasured and he enjoyed Sunday dinners, backyard bocce games and playing cards.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Quintiliano and Elizabeth Domico, as well as his siblings Pete, Grace, JoAnn and Louie. He is survived by his wife Tina and their four children, Gino (Margaret) Domico of Upland, CA, Mary Jaramillo of Cardiff, CA, Mario (Brenda) Domico of Alta Loma, CA, and David (Elise) Domico of Turlock, CA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven siblings.
Services will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Upland, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Feb. 27, 2014