!!!!This was created by Jesse’s grandson Eric.!!!
In the early morning hours of January 9, 2021 Jesse Dominic Gonzoles, left this plain to fly with his beloved eagles.
To know him was to love him “Pom-Pom” as he was fondly called by his immediate famil y was born in Bay City Michigan on December 14, 1946.
After relocating to the Yakima Valley area in his youth he upon graduating from Mabton high school began his career as a railroader with the Northern Pacific Railway.
We know him to be a man of service and it is evident that he has always had that Calling.
He honorably served his country after turning 19 by enlisting and serving from 1965 to 1968 in the United States Army.
When he returned from Vietnam he returned to the Columbia Basin area and went back to work having a long career as a railroader and retiring from Burlington northern Santa Fe at 65.
Though his career was done He’s called to serve seem to be a fierce called as he was always there for those that needed him he continued his life of service as a member of a local 12 step program for over 25 years spreading his love joy humor and wisdom with multitudes.
He may have sat silently but his presence was known, the calming presence, wicked sense of humor and patience beyond measure were always known at least by those who were blessed to know him.
Jesse was an avid adventurer, something we his family will continue in his absence, in his honor.
His love for nature was contagious and he shared it with you if you had a moment to gaze at the beautiful Birdseye view he had of the world. Camera ready, eyes on the sky, the first to see the beauty but never the only one as he shared the pictures and perspective as only he could.
He will be greatly missed and was deeply loved by many.
He will be laid to rest near his brothers in Arms @ The Washington State Veterans Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Melinda his children Michael and Shannon, his grand children Sean, Eric, Christian and Adrian and his great grand daughter Orion, the twinkle of his eye and his partner in crime.
He leaves us to join his mother Alberta Domiguez and many family members and friends that have preceded him in death.
He also leaves behind his siblings Ali Dominguez(Verna), Linda Beltran, Pauline Felix(Gilbert), Liz Walker, Maria Clark(Randy).
He taught us all to love nature just a little more and enjoy the sweetness of life, literally.
We all mourn his passing together in heart.
Services will be held at Bruce Lee Memorial Thursday the 14th from 4:00-8:00 PM and there will be a zoom presentation for those who cannot attend.
Zoom link will be posted on the Bruce Lee/Hillcrest memorial site.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made @ Jesse’s Eagle Fund, gofundme.com
Grandpa, Pom-pom, Jesse, Dad you will be missed, the world seems dimmer now but we will honor you by drawing strength and continuing on together.
Rest in Paradise.
- Kip Daly
- Jane R.
- Michelle Scott
- Mandy Smith
- Joel Watson
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