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Pierre L. Domingo

March 14, 1953May 27, 2018
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Pierre Lacy Domingo was born on March 14, 1953 at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines. His parents were Guillermo Mendiola and Carmen de Lacy Domingo and he was raised in Manila, Philippines.

Early on in his family relationships, Pierre showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with five siblings. He had two older brothers, Carlos "Titos" and Guillermo "Jun", and three older sisters, Carmen "Chiqui", Elizabeth "Beng", and Rosario "Charito". He was an active and playful child, a “military brat” who was adaptable to any situation. Pierre acquired a childhood nickname, Boggie, from his mischievous and “malikot” personality.

As a young child, Pierre loved playing Larong Bata, a stick game and he was a Boy Scout. As he was growing up, Pierre developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things whether it was drawing pictures or working with building kits. In his spare time he liked to explore and go on adventures. However, to Pierre, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in his school years, Pierre showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Pierre with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1971, and his favorite classes in high school were English and gym.

In college, Pierre showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Pierre’s ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas.

He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Pierre rarely called attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message had true meaning and was clearly understood by those around him.

A very observant man who would rather spend his time thinking and planning than talking, Pierre preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. A free spirit, Pierre believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Pierre perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

Those who didn’t know Pierre well might not view him as being an outgoing person, however those who called him their friend knew differently. Pierre was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Pierre’s, you understood how true a friend he could be.

In November 1972, Pierre met the love of his life and darling “Darl”, Maria Gabriel. After a few years of dating, Pierre migrated to the United States and continued their long distance relationship. On May 29, 1976, Pierre and Maria exchanged their wedding vows at the St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Merchantville, New Jersey. After marriage, Pierre and Maria moved to California to start a family. Pierre was blessed with three daughters, Nicole Marie, Nina Francine, and Ana Marielle. He was the authoritative figure and disciplinarian when it came to his children. Due to his upbringing, he showed tough love and had high expectations when raising his daughters. However, he also shared his love for working on cars and how to be handy around the house as he raised his daughters to be independent women. Later, Pierre was also blessed with three grandchildren, Hannah Marie, Benjamin Pierre, and Nicholas Bryant.

Pierre was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Pierre’s favorites were Sammy and Duke, his Shih Tzu dogs.

Pierre found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was as a Project Engineer and Manager. He received numerous distinguished awards throughout his career. He was employed by various food industries for 37 years, including Shaklee, Clorox, International Multi-Foods/Smuckers, Albertsons, and Sara Lee. After retirement he owned and operated an auto repair shop in Southern California.

Pierre enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were spending time in his garage, tinkering with cars, cleaning, reading Tom Clancy novels and movie going. Pierre was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He enjoyed family outings, camping, fishing, crabbing and going shooting in the desert. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savor the present moment.

Pierre liked sports. In high school, Pierre played soccer and basketball. In his college years, Pierre continued to stay active by playing soccer. Pierre was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were soccer, boxing, tennis, and basketball.

Pierre’s faith was important to him. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills, California for 25 years. Pierre's passionate commitment to upholding his values placed him at home in his religion, where he took comfort in the company of others who believed as he did.

Because he loved the world around him, Pierre enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Pierre put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included the Hawaiian Islands and cruises to the Caribbean and Europe.

When Pierre’s retirement finally arrived in 2012, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada to be close to family and enjoy the warm weather. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling to see his grandchildren and visiting his favorite vacation spots in Hawaii, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas. Even in retirement, Pierre continued to stay in touch with his old friends, including the Sol ’71 Alumni, while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of his life, he felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him and simply enjoyed what he had worked so hard to attain.

Pierre passed away on May 27, 2018 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada surrounded by loved ones and family. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maria; his children, Nicole (Brian) Legaspi of Woodbridge, Virginia; Nina (James) Sandford of Skillman, New Jersey; and Ana Domingo of Monrovia, California; his grandchildren, Hannah, Benjamin, and Nicholas; his brothers, Titos and Jun; and his sisters, Chiqui, Beng, and Charito. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at Palm Southwest Mortuary.

Pierre was a very generous man, a kind man, and a practical man with a big heart who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Pierre was able to make connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated, as he was always ready and willing to give to those in need. Pierre was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Pierre “Boggie” Domingo.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, June 22, 2018
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Rocky Rivera

November 9, 2018

(cont.) It’s funny that, although we spent many times and many years together, I don’t remember ever having a fight or disagreement with Boggie. He was very easy going and easy to get along with and we were always friends.

And I tell all our classmates, Boggie and I are like brothers. We have been friends since we were 3 years old, longer than any one, other than family. We might not remember those very early years, especially as more memory gaps set in, but I treasure my 3rd birthday picture where Boggie is chewing on his drum stick, with the drum slung on his shoulder and me in my Indian costume.

So, rest easy Bro’. Until we meet again.

Rocky Rivera

November 9, 2018

(cont.) Surely, whenever we were on vacation in Baguio, we’d have the traditional trip to the Philippine Military Academy. This happened up to the time when we were in high school. Our families were that close that even extended relatives were part of the summer group. I recall visiting my elder brother (Totoy to the Domingos, but Rey to others), who was a cadet then at the PMA, Boggie’s cousin Marilou would also be with us. She was like a big sister to us and I was sad when they broke up.

My memory is a little foggy about some items, but I think Boggie and I were always schoolmates, if not classmates up to 4th year high. I think we were classmates in Grades 1 and 2 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary College, and then, when I transferred school, I found him again as a classmate in Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, graduating together in Grade 7.

Our closeness somehow got affected in high school because of the school practice of grade-discrimination and segregation. Boggie was assigned to a different section, particularly during the 3rd and 4th year high school.

Even though most of us were elementary school classmates, there was intense rivalry between the two sections. I guess it was more like warring clans, where the geeks section had to fend off the bullying tactics of the warring class. And as high school boys are wont to do, these interactions sometimes got pretty physical, especially during PE. I suspect that the guys in his section didn’t give me any grief, not because my dad was in the military or I was an officer of the weekly military course, because those really didn’t matter in our young minds. The Section B boys where Boggie was, kept their respectful distance from me because Boggie and I were known to be close family friends.

Rocky Rivera

November 9, 2018

(cont.) I remember like when we were, oh maybe 7- or 8- or 9- years old, after getting up very early in the morning, us similar-aged kids would go outside, line up facing the side planters on the entrance stairs, and we would, on signal, let go of our accumulated liquids to water the plants. We had a good laugh as we’d watch our pees mist up in the cold morning air. We’d be teasing and challenging each other’s claim on who pissed the farthest. We were too young to have any worries, not about the girls or the moms, as they weren’t around and they were probably happy we didn’t have to compete for the bathrooms.

We did spend many summers in Baguio with the Spanish speaking Mrs. Domingo and family. As pre-teen kids, for a few days, maybe 3 or 4 or 5 days just about every summer, the Rivera and Domingo families were together. An in those times, early in the morning or sometimes later in the day, we were together choosing for the best looking for-rent horses, riding that handsome beast for 30-minutes while the horseman walked us around the field, and sometimes getting lucky with the horse galloping some distance with the horseman riding in tandem.

We also spent many nights in the quarter’s tiny rooms with double-decked beds. We’d horse around, and on occasion, someone’s older brother or member of the gang would start telling ghost stories. Of course, on some cue, the lights would be switched off and all the kids would shout and scamper out of the room. I could be wrong, but I think that was well-timed at about dinner time. We were so easy to entertain then, while our moms entertained themselves endless hours playing mahjong. An when they took a break, we’d quickly play our own kids games, like using the mahjong tiles as building blocks pretty much like Legos, or arranging the scrambled tiles into neat 9x4 sets of balls, sticks, Chinese characters or flowers clusters.

Rocky Rivera

November 9, 2018

Pierre / “Boggie” and I go a long ways.

We were childhood friends because our fathers were both in the Philippine Army, and, yes, we were army brats. Not only were our fathers working together, our moms were tight mahjong friends, or as they would jokingly say, classmates... Our moms would sit for hours on end around the table playing mahjong, that Chinese tile game, just about anywhere when there was a quorum of four. We kids had no choice; we had to make good use of all that idle time and had to play together since there were no electronic gadgets to keep us entertained.

When our dads were assigned back to the island of Luzon from Camp Evangelista in Mindanao, Boggie and I somehow were always visiting with each other’s families-- Boggie’s house near the military camp in Quezon City, and ours in Fort McKinley (thence Fort Bonifacio, which is now Bonifacio Global City). And during the summer vacation, we’d again spend many times together in Baguio city in the officer’s summer houses in Navy Base with other military families (the moms were the “classmates” of our Moms in mahjong, of course). Making friends is easy as those families would take the very long 6-8 hour, 250 kilometer trip on various vehicles, from staff cars and military jeeps, and on occasion we kids roughed it, riding on the army trucks. Pillows and blankets provided some cushion between our bottoms and wooden slat seats, and there’s nothing like shared experience and hours bouncing around on confined space to make friends.

And once you make it to Baguio, we also lived as neighbors in the army quarters. Those were very happy times we spent, as we were left by ourselves to do whatever. From waking up early in the morning, we’d already be together, even before breakfast or brushing our teeth.

Carmen Baltazar-Bock

October 7, 2018

Boggie, my beloved little brother, all of your older siblings love and miss you terribly 😍. I share this quote of Saint Teresa of Avila to all of us who loves you . "Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid, All things are passing, God alone never changes, Patience gains all things, If you have God, you will want for nothing, GOD alone suffices" 🙏🙏🙏 For Marie, Nikki, Nina and Ana , May peace be with you as Boggie is at PEACE❤️

Rowena-May Climaco Ramas-Sullano

October 4, 2018

Prayers for your speedy journey to our eternal home. Deepest condolences to the family.

Luis Chito Cusi

October 4, 2018

Rest in peace classmate. God have mercy on you.

Alex Kaw

October 4, 2018

Pierre will be in a better resting place up there. Rest in peace my classmate.

Jun Camacho

October 4, 2018

May the angels take you dear Boggie to heaven to rest in the bosom of our Lord. May eternal light shine upon you. Later my friend…

Lito Alba Lamson

October 4, 2018

Rest in peace classmate, Pierre. God bless.

Biography

Pierre Lacy Domingo was born on March 14, 1953 at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines. His parents were Guillermo Mendiola and Carmen de Lacy Domingo and he was raised in Manila, Philippines.

Early on in his family relationships, Pierre showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with five siblings. He had two older brothers, Carlos "Titos" and Guillermo "Jun", and three older sisters, Carmen "Chiqui", Elizabeth "Beng", and Rosario "Charito". He was an active and playful child, a “military brat” who was adaptable to any situation. Pierre acquired a childhood nickname, Boggie, from his mischievous and “malikot” personality.

As a young child, Pierre loved playing Larong Bata, a stick game and he was a Boy Scout. As he was growing up, Pierre developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things whether it was drawing pictures or working with building kits. In his spare time he liked to explore and go on adventures. However, to Pierre, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in his school years, Pierre showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Pierre with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1971, and his favorite classes in high school were English and gym.

In college, Pierre showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Pierre’s ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas.

He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Pierre rarely called attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message had true meaning and was clearly understood by those around him.

A very observant man who would rather spend his time thinking and planning than talking, Pierre preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. A free spirit, Pierre believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Pierre perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

Those who didn’t know Pierre well might not view him as being an outgoing person, however those who called him their friend knew differently. Pierre was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Pierre’s, you understood how true a friend he could be.

In November 1972, Pierre met the love of his life and darling “Darl”, Maria Gabriel. After a few years of dating, Pierre migrated to the United States and continued their long distance relationship. On May 29, 1976, Pierre and Maria exchanged their wedding vows at the St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Merchantville, New Jersey. After marriage, Pierre and Maria moved to California to start a family.

Pierre was blessed with three daughters, Nicole Marie, Nina Francine, and Ana Marielle. He was the authoritative figure and disciplinarian when it came to his children. Due to his upbringing, he showed tough love and had high expectations when raising his daughters. However, he also shared his love for working on cars and how to be handy around the house as he raised his daughters to be independent women. Later, Pierre was also blessed with three grandchildren, Hannah Marie, Benjamin Pierre, and Nicholas Bryant.

Pierre was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Pierre’s favorites were Sammy and Duke, his Shih Tzu dogs.

Pierre found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was as a Project Engineer and Manager. He received numerous distinguished awards throughout his career. He was employed by various food industries for 37 years, including Shaklee, Clorox, International Multi-Foods/Smuckers, Albertsons, and Sara Lee. After retirement he owned and operated an auto repair shop in Southern California.

Pierre enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were spending time in his garage, tinkering with cars, cleaning, reading Tom Clancy novels and movie going. Pierre was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He enjoyed family outings, camping, fishing, crabbing and going shooting in the desert. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savor the present moment.

Pierre liked sports. In high school, Pierre played soccer and basketball. In his college years, Pierre continued to stay active by playing soccer. Pierre was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were soccer, boxing, tennis, and basketball.

Pierre’s faith was important to him. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills, California for 25 years. Pierre's passionate commitment to upholding his values placed him at home in his religion, where he took comfort in the company of others who believed as he did.

Because he loved the world around him, Pierre enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Pierre put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included the Hawaiian Islands and cruises to the Caribbean and Europe.

When Pierre’s retirement finally arrived in 2012, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada to be close to family and enjoy the warm weather. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling to see his grandchildren and visiting his favorite vacation spots in Hawaii, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas. Even in retirement, Pierre continued to stay in touch with his old friends, including the Sol ’71 Alumni, while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of his life, he felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him and simply enjoyed what he had worked so hard to attain.

Pierre passed away on May 27, 2018 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada surrounded by loved ones and family. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maria; his children, Nicole (Brian) Legaspi of Woodbridge, Virginia; Nina (James) Sandford of Skillman, New Jersey; and Ana Domingo of Monrovia, California; his grandchildren, Hannah, Benjamin, and Nicholas; his brothers, Titos and Jun; and his sisters, Chiqui, Beng, and Charito. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at Palm Southwest Mortuary.

Pierre was a very generous man, a kind man, and a practical man with a big heart who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Pierre was able to make connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated, as he was always ready and willing to give to those in need. Pierre was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Pierre “Boggie” Domingo.