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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Samuel C. Dominguez

May 23, 1945January 3, 2020
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Samuel C. Dominguez was born on Wednesday, May 23, 1945 to Felix Dominguez and Celia Cisneros Dominguez in San Antonio, TX. The only son and youngest of four children, he had a kind, mischievous, and independent spirit.

Sam is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Blanca G. Dominguez. Their love story is one only found in fairy tales; a sweet love story that transcends distance, time, and even death. Their love for each other was a strong bond that served as the foundation for their family. He is also survived by their three kids, Cynthia (Cindy) Martinez (Paul), Monica G. Dominguez, Felix S. Dominguez (Courtney) and his 3 grandchildren, Julian Martinez, Iliana Martinez, and Jessica Martinez.

Sam is also survived by sister Esther Campos (Frank), his best friend of over 70 years, Henry DeHoyos (Manda) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Celia Dominguez and his sisters, Olga Garza and Celia Alderete.

Sam was fun loving and dedicated with an innate and strong work ethic that helped him attain perfect attendance from elementary to the time he graduated. He then enlisted in the United States Army and was almost immediately sent to Vietnam. Sam served our country proudly and without any hesitation.

After returning home and a chance encounter, he met the love his life, married, and had their three children. He was a dedicated husband and absolutely amazing father. Everything he did was for his family and he worked tirelessly for them. Even after long work days he always made time for his kids, working on puzzles, games of chess, listening to music, helping with homework, or showing them how to work on a car.

Sam worked at Kelly AFB and ultimately retired from Tinker AFB when his job shifted to Oklahoma City. He excelled at whatever he put his mind to do with and expected the same from everyone around him.

He loved with passion and would give the shirt off his back; there was nothing he would not do for family or friends.

He had a smile that could light up a room and a personality that would make a stranger feel like a friend. And, while we are going to miss him so much here on Earth, we know we will see him in Heaven one day because over 30 years ago his dear brother in law, Roberto Chavez shared the Good News with him and Sam accepted Jesus as his Savior.

Sam fell asleep here on Earth and woke up in Glory!

A visitation will be held Thursday, January 16th at 5:00 pm to 8:00pm with a memorial service beginning at 6:30pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 6321 Bandera Rd, SATX. Celebration of Life service will be Friday, January 17th at 9:00am at Sunset Funeral Home with burial to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Prayer Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 17, 2020

Memories

Samuel C. Dominguez

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Courtney Burke

January 22, 2020

One of the very first times I met Sammy, he took Blanca, Felix and I to a taco joint in Dallas. We all sat down with our tacos and Felix left the table to get the drinks. Sammy said, “try this!” holding out a piece of meat. I asked, “What is it?” to which he replied, “carne.” I tried it, nodded in approval and said, “Pretty good!” Right about that time, Felix walks up to the table and says, “What did you just give her?” With that huge grin that we all love, Sammy says, “lengua!” I quickly learned what lengua was and quickly declared that I liked it but would not be eating that again!

Sammy was a great man and a kid at heart! I will always remember that mischievous grin!

Iliana Martinez

January 14, 2020

Papo, I can’t explain how sad I am that you are no longer with us. The holidays will never be the same and what makes me even more sad is that you won’t be at my wedding. But it gives me peace knowing that you aren’t in pain anymore.
The memory of us that I will forever remember is when you were still living in Oklahoma and you were cutting the grass so I was in the garage just messing around waiting for you. You walked in the garage as I was about to stick my finger in the fan that you had and you yelled “ARE YOU CRAZY?? YOU’RE GOING TO CHOP YOUR FINGER OFF” and to this day, I still remember that!
I miss you so much, but I know that we will meet again one day!
I love you!!

Mary Jane Guel

January 14, 2020

I have had a hard time putting into words how deeply saddened I have been by hearing of your dad's passing. The first thing that comes to mind is to say "this is bullshit" and I'm pretty sure that's him speaking through me, but I agree with him.

I met your dad for the first time when he and mom opened their doors to me and my children in Oklahoma for a quick visit with Cindy. He was very kind and made us feel welcomed. Later I got to know him to be a very funny man who loved his family immensely and adored his wife in a way that put all other men to shame.

I am grateful to have been included as part of y'all's extended family for so many years and want you all to know that you are loved beyond words. You're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Liz Rios

January 10, 2020

Our deepest condolences go out to my Uncle Sam’s family. He was deeply loved. Uncle Sam and Aunt Blanca shared a true love. My aunt took such great care of him, he was blessed to have her by his side. He is resting now and will forever be your Angel in Heaven!

My memory of Uncle Sam is the day he taught me how to drive at Aunt Olga’s. He made me learn all the parts under the hood of the car before I could get behind the wheel. I also remember his music and reel to reel tapes.

Boyle Family

January 7, 2020

Our deepest condolences, we are heartbroken for your loss. Your Father was a wonderful man. I loved seeing him in the audience at your concerts. He was always beaming with pride. Your love for each other was so evident. We are keeping you in our thoughts and close in our hearts. We are praying for your hearts to have peace and your memories to bring you comfort in the days ahead.
All our love,
Tracey, Matt, John and Grace

The Neugent Family

January 6, 2020

Our sincere condolences from our family. We know your husband, father, brother, son is celebrating in Heaven in a healthy body watching you with love and gratitude. Love to all.
Nate, Nicki and connor

Luis Garza

January 6, 2020

I remember just stopping by his home. We started talking about music and he would put on his reel-to-reels that he recorded in Vietnam. Wow what great music.
Also the day after Elvis died, he and Aunt Blanca watch Elvis movies and played his music. He told me that music was an important part of their lives.
I also remember riding with him down Culebra road when we stopped at a red light. We both looked left and saw these two guys attempting to change a tire. One guy puts the jack on the wheel well fender of the flat tire. The other guy starts to jack up the car. We see the jack bending the fender. Then Uncle Sam said he won't know it was a bad idea until he tries to take the flat off. Then the light turn green and laughed as we pulled away.
I guess that is why I picked him to stand by me for my confirmation.

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