On Saturday, June 8, 2019, John James Domin of Spring Hills, Tennessee, died in his sleep at Hospice Alive in Nashville.
He was 82 years old.
John, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was born on Dec. 31, 1936, in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, to Thomas and Veronica Domin, who came to the USA from Slovakia.
He went Penn State University and received a degree in engineering. John worked as an industrial engineer for most of his career and was employed at General Tire in Wabash, Indiana.
John was known for his ability to to fix everything and make anything. John built a dollhouse for one of his daughters, a car bed for his son and a loft bed for one of his granddaughters. He also constructed a large backyard porch for a home in Tennessee.
After retirement, John started to make wooden baskets and sold them at local arts and crafts festivals. A few years later, he created marshmallow shooters out of pipes and enjoyed sending marshmallows flying around the backyard. Once, when a microwave button broke, John was able to fix it using fishing wire and a key ring.
Called Pappy, he was famous for expressions like “whatever toots your tooter,” “see you around like a doughnut,” “choke your motor,” “nothing to it like to do it” and “put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.”
He was known for his bright blue eyes, infectious smile and ornery spirit.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Domin (Boyles); two daughters, Teresa Carpenter (Craig) and Christine Lamb; son, Thomas Domin; four granddaughters, Jenna Carpenter, Taylor Carpenter, Heather Raub (Tristan) and Abby Lamb; great-granddaughter, Sophia Raub; and great-grandson, Levi Raub.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James John Domin and John James Domin Jr.
A service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Catholic Church of the Nativity, located at 2793 Buckner Lane, Thompson Station Tennessee, 37179.