September 25, 1919 - October 25, 2016
Mr. Dominic Tate, 97, long-time resident of Central Point, Ore. and know to his friends as "Tate" passed away October 25, 2016 at his home. He was born September 25, 1919 in Glassport, Pa. His parents, Anthony Tate and Vincenza Fanti both emigrated from Italy. At the age of 10 he moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1938 Dominic joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving at Camp Arboretum in Corvallis, Ore. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Portland, Ore. January 15, 1942 and was honorably discharged December 24, 1945 at the rank of Coxswain. Dominic served 25 months on the USS Livingston in the South Pacific. For his service, he received the Victory Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific ribbon with three stars, including Marshall Island and Mariana Campaigns.
In 1946 Dominic married the love of his life, F. Lorain Brown in Inglewood, Calif. In the spring of 1947 they moved to Medford, Ore. and in 1956 they moved to Central Point, Ore. to the house they have lived in ever since.
He spent almost 30 years working as an edgerman for the Medford Corporation Lumber Mill. Dominic was an accomplished artist, and always at his best when being creative. He enjoyed woodworking, lettering, sketching, and painting. Through the years, Dominic won many awards for his paintings. Attention to detail was always important in everything he did.
Dominic and Lorain were active participants in starting the Central Point Fourth of July Family Festival. They devoted 26 years to the event, and in 1986 served as grand marshals in the parade. He received two "Good Guy" Awards from the Crater Chapter and State of Jefferson Interchapter Council of the American Business Women's Association for his help and support.
Dominic was a quiet man, but he showed his love for his family and friends in many ways. He believed in helping his neighbors and was always quick to lend a helping hand when needed.
Dominic is survived by his wife, Lorain; son, John Tate; and daughter, Florence (Clayton) Lebow; grandchildren, Lance (Lisa) Tate, Preston Tate, Mahria Lebow, Travis Lebow; and great-grandson, Austin Tate. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Vincenza; brothers, Albert TateFrank Tate, and Rudy Rochie; sisters, Louise (Tate) Buynak, Evelyn (Tate) Nalepa, Rosie (Tate) Gilmore, Mary (Tate) Nalepa, and Margaret Tate.
At Dominic's request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice, Medford, Ore.
Arrangements are in care of Hillcrest Memorial Park, www.hillcrestmortuary.com.