September 3, 1924 ~ February 23, 2020
Jesse Carmona Dominguez, 95, a long-time resident of Lawndale, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2020 surrounded by family.
Jesse was born on September 3, 1924 in El Bajio De San Jose in Mexico to his parents Juan Dominguez and Felipa (Carmona) and was the oldest of 10 children. His family moved to Torrington Wyoming when he was just a few months old, where he lived until he was almost 9 years old, and during the Depression, his family was repatriated back to Mexico. His love of baseball began in Mexico and by his mid-teen age years he was so good he held the position of catcher on the team representing the town of El Bajio.
After suffering through the Depression in Mexico, Jesse returned to the United States under the Bracero Program where he worked in New York City at a hospital, and later in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on the railroads. This was a true adventure for a 20 year old young man coming from Wyoming and Mexico. He said NYC was the most beautiful city he had ever seen and delighted in his time on the East Coast.
In 1947 Jesse moved to Brawley, California where he managed a boarding house. It was in Brawley that he met the love of his life, Barbara, and they married in 1949.
Jesse moved the family to Los Angeles in 1958...the same year the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Jesse was the Dodgers’ number one fan for 62 years and he passed down his love for the Dodgers to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He believed in the American dream and got his U.S. citizenship. He worked as a Chef for many years and then did maintenance work with the Centinela Valley Union High School District where he retired in 1988. Barbara passed away in 1976, far too early, and Jesse never remarried because Barbara was irreplaceable.
Jesse is survived by his son David (Diana), daughters Cathy (Fred), Ofelia (Nick), Nori, and Yolanda (Jose Luis), grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins and many others who loved him. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, four sons Sergio, Lauro, Jesse, and Johnny, and daughter Lupe.
Jesse knew what was important in life and taught his children through example to be responsible and to respect and love one another.
Jesse was no stranger to hard work, sacrifice, and discipline. One motto he shared with all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was “Never be afraid of hard work. Working hard can open doors you can only imagine”.
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