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Dominique Hanchette Obituary
Dominique Sebastian Hanchette There is a new bright star shining down on us from above. "DOM", our wonderful son, left us on August 25, 2012 after a lifetime of Crohn's disease. Age 46 is too young to leave this earth for a person who touched our family and so many lives in such a magical way. His younger life, in Corte Madera, was filled with Boy Scout activities, becoming a proud "Eagle Scout," and a member of DeMolay, where he became "Master Councilor" because of his leadership talents, smarts, and wonderful, warm personality. Attending U.C. Davis he studied Environmental Sciences, played trumpet in the marching band, was a D.J. on the campus radio station, a brother of Sigma Chi fraternity, and a member of the Ski and Ultimate Frisbee teams. Dom had a very strong passion for nature, the environment and animal welfare. He led "Wildcare" Nature hikes with children from bay area schools to Muir Woods and Ring Mountain. His later life was filled with his Dog Walking business, which he loved to do when he was physically able. Our dog Sadie sure misses him and all the other doggies he took on those fun outings. Dom was a HUGE, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable sports fan, loving the S.F. Giants, 49ers, Warriors, and Cal Bears. Watching sports will never be the same without him. Another deep love for Dom was music. He loved all genres, including classical music, but had a special connection to the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. He always knew what kind of music to play at every occasion. The real revelation of how wonderfully Dom touched lives occurred recently when two high school friends created the "DOM Hanchette Memorial Social Club" on "Facebook," on which hundreds of people have beautifully expressed how much he meant to them. The words "kind," "loving," and "fun to be with" occur over and over in these stories. DOM leaves behind his very sad family - parents Dorli and David, sister Diella and husband Andy, their children Kevin and Meaghan, and all the extended family across Europe and the U.S. We are learning to face, with the help of family and friends, the huge void left by the loss of our wonderful son who is now finally out of pain. A fund in his name will be created at "Wildcare" to fund nature hikes for Elementary Schools who cannot afford it, and a Memorial event in his honor will occur on September 23, at the Corte Madera Community Center. See the Facebook page for further details.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2012
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