Dominador Ballesteros passed away, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.
Dominador Ballesteros passed away, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. He was 78. Born to Placido and Isabel Ballesteros, Domie spent the early years of his life in Solsona, Phillipines, then occupied by Japan. With his father, stepmother, Floserfina Ballesteros, and older brother, Richard, Domie left The Philippines for Lanai, Hawaii in May 1946.
In his early years on Lanai, Domie helped raise his seven younger siblings and worked on the Dole Pineapple fields. Domie began dating Roselina Tadeo in high school. They married on May 7, 1960 at Sacred Hearts Church.
Domie proudly joined the U.S. Army in 1959. During his army career, Domie traveled the globe. He was stationed in Arizona, Texas, Bad Kreuzanch, Germany, Utah, Vietnam, Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan and finally, Leavenworth, Kansas. Domie served in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970 as a personnel specialist. After 21 years of service, he retired as a Sergeant, First Class.
After he retired from the Army, Domie worked at Fort Leavenworth in the civil service sector.
In his last year, Domie enjoyed returning to his homeland of Hawaii with his family. He worked on his golf game with his sons and played ukulele at family gatherings. Shortly before he fell ill, Domie attended a family reunion in Las Vegas, where he was surrounded by his loved ones. He played one last game of golf with his sons.
He is preceded by his father, Placido Ballesteros, mothers, Isabel Ballesteros and Floserfina Ballesteros, his brothers, Ray Ballesteros and Ernesto Dumayas, as well as his son, Domie Ballesteros.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Roselina Ballesteros, his siblings, Arsenio Richard Ballesteros, Placido Ballesteros, Hilda Nakai, Ellie Rowray, Lolita Konno, Jessie Omura, Norma Craig and Fely Chalmers, and his children, Dave (Duff) Ballesteros and wife, Janine Ballesteros, and Mark Ballesteros and wife, Tracy Ballesteros. Domie is also survived by his grandchildren, Sydney Ballesteros, Elizabeth Ballesteros Watlington, Christopher Ballesteros, Leilani Ballesteros, Darren Ballesteros, Jessica Ballesteros, and Tyler Ballesteros, as well as his great-grandchildren, Madelyn Watlington, Paisely Watlington and Taylor Watlington.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at R. L. Leintz Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Foundation in memory of Domie Ballesteros.