Celebrating his 80th on 8-8-08
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” David Dominguez entered his West Glenwood home from the back yard where he was talking a break from gardening.
“Hello, I’m Charles Dominguez,” he said as he offered his hand in a friendly greeting.
“Well, his name is Charles but everyone calls him David,” interjected Molly, his wife of 54 years.
David and Molly spent most of Thursday packing. David’s birthday was Friday and all he wanted for his birthday was to spend the weekend with family.
“It’s a pretty big milestone,” David said.
“He was born on August 8, 1928,” Molly commented. “And his birthday this year is his 80th on 8-8 of ’08, so we thought that was pretty neat.”
“I think so anyway,” David said laughing. “I’m glad to be turning 80 anyway.”
David was born in a small home near Walsenburg during an era when doctors still made house calls for deliveries. He said he didn’t think his mother had picked out a name at first so the doctor suggested Charles. It wasn’t until he was baptized at the age of three that his parents named him David.
This year David didn’t ask for any particular gift, he didn’t request any certain type of cake, although his favorite is a moist, homemade chocolate cake. He just wanted to be with family.
“We are going to Denver to get together with the family,” he said. “It’s easier on everyone so we are going over there instead of having them come here.”
David has two brothers and three sisters who live in Denver, along with two of his and Molly’s five children, son David Dominguez Jr., and daughter Margaret Dominguez.
“We’re gonna have dinner at (David’s) house, and then on Sunday we’re having the two families and a big ol’ gathering, a picnic in the park, uh-huh, yeah,” Molly said.
“They all want to see him for his birthday you know. They all came to our house for our 50th anniversary and there is so many of them, about 200 nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, in-laws and out-laws, you know.”
This time they figured it would be easier for them to go to Denver instead of everyone coming to Glenwood for a party.
“For our anniversary I think we had every hotel room in Glenwood booked,” Molly said.
Joining their parents for David’s party are two of their children who still live in Glenwood, Christine Bodrogi and Mike Dominguez. Also, their other three kids, David of Littleton, Margaret of Kiowa, and Mary Olson from Oregon.
It’s all David wanted, and it’s exactly what he’ll get.
“I told them not to get me nothing, not to worry about it,” David said. “All I need is the company.”
It’s just his character.
“When he was younger he used to like birthdays and presents and everything, but as we got older we really don’t need anything, you know. We really don’t.” Molly said. “We love having our family, that’s what we love.”
More than likely, the only thing David will miss on his birthday is his daily soak at the Hot Springs Pool.
“It’s good exercise, you know, and I visit with other people there, the old-timers.” David said. “It’s getting fewer all the time, though.”
David and Molly have called Glenwood home for 52 years, where for the majority of that time, David worked for the coal industry. They moved to Glenwood after he was discharged from military service after two-years. Once they got here, they never felt like leaving. And when asked what he felt was his greater accomplishment, his 80th birthday or the 54-years-of-marriage, David answered honestly.
“Well, being married for 54 years,” he said. “You have to give and take. We have a wonderful family and just keep on trucking.”
That’s what life is all about, take it from a pro.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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