Obituary of Gene Duane Domstad
In memory of Gene D. Domstad. He passed peacefully on August 10th 2020
Dad was preceded in death by his father Elmer and mother Maybjorg as well as his brother Leland and sister Verna.
My mother Laurel and my father had an amazing 58 year marriage. Their lives together were full of wonderful experiences and a strong love between them. A true inspiration of what a dedicated marriage is. Through good times and bad they persevered.
My father had a successful 52 year career in the oil and asphalt industry. He started at the bottom working in the tank yard working his way up to what they called the "White Hats". The white hard hat indicated a prestigious person within the company. I interned in the Summer at the company in the yard. Whenever we saw a White Hat we yelled a warning in case we were goofing off or resting from the heat and hard work. Funny thing, we all knew my father would cut us a break if we were just resting.
His customer service skills were second to none. As my mentor I have made my career in customer service from his teachings. I always credit my Dad as I am grateful for his many examples on how to have a great work ethic and how important it is to love what you do.
He always enjoyed a good giggle. As the bunny picture shows, he was full or fun. He used to pull the following to all my friends when he met them, especially anyone I dated. He would say "you have two different shoes on". When they looked he laughed his little delighted laugh. Dad would always say no to me adopting an animal but Mom and I pretty much ignored that and did it anyway. The pets gravitated to him and he could often be found snuggling with the cat or dog. We had many pets and dad loved every one of them. Except for my hamsters, he didn't like those.
Dad had many interests, he learned to golf to go with his customers and strengthen the relationship. These folks became his friends and soon they were golfing all the time not just for work functions, mom joined in as well, they got quite good at it. He loved to watch sports with football being one of his favorites. Dad would watch just about any sport. He enjoyed good food and liked sweets as well. Dad and I shared the love of Lutefisk a stinky fish dish that was a traditional Norwegian dish. It's definitely a acquired taste but we loved it at Christmas. Though it stunk up the whole house, Mom faithfully prepared it for us. Thank you Mom, that meant a lot to him.
As you can see, I could go on and on about life with my dad but if you knew him this will only serve as a reminder of how wonderful a husband, father, and friend he was.
Dad, knowing you are with so many loved ones who have passed previous to you is a relief. We will love and remember you forever. You were a gift to us and we are ever grateful and blessed to have had you as a huge part of our lives. Rest in peace Daddy. I will forever be a Daddy's girl.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.