His Life


Dom was deeply moved by the Lions Club organization his father governed.  He donated his eyes to the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon.

If you wish to make a donation in his name, please send to:

Lions Eye Bank of Oregon

2201 SE 11th Ave.

Portland, OR 97214

Join us for a celebration of life April 30th, 2011

There will be a celebration of life on April 30th, 2011 at the "Sand Bagger Saloon"- Crooked River Ranch, OR at 4:00 PM.  There will be a golf event in his honor prior to the celebration.  Please contact Rick Good at (541) 788-7404 or Kim Colton at (503)699-1715 if you plan on participating in the golf event.  Details will be given to those who choose to participate.

Lodging is available at the Sun View Motel in Crooked River for those traveling from out of town.  Please make reservations as soon as possible by calling 1-800-282-0944.  Advise the motel that you are with the Faraca Memorial to get a discounted rate.

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Dominick Faraca 1935-2011

Dom was born and raised in Spokane, WA.  Although he was an only child, "Donny" was surrounded by his extended Italian family that consisted of numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.  He was a master story and joke teller.   Some of his favorite stories were of his childhood.  He was always getting into mischief which continued throughout his life.  His father Pat, was known for some creative disciplinary actions.  The most memorable story he told was of a dynamite incident that resulted in a 3 year suspension of any and all communication from his father.  His family remembers his most colorful stories relating to the time he spent with relatives in Montana, working for his father in the wholesale produce business, and sneaking wine from his Grandfather's cellar and playing football.

From a very early age, "Don" was an exceptional athlete.  In high school he excelled in football and baseball.  His senior year, he was selected to the all state football team representing the East.  Articles in the newspaper at the time singled him out as one of the most talented players.  (Many articles can be viewed by searching Google News using the advance search.  Keywords: "Don Faraca". ) 

He graduated class of 1953 from North Central High School in Spokane, WA.    After high school he attended Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, and University of Portland where in 1973 he received his Bachelors’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering.   He proudly served as a soldier in the U.S. Army primarily in the Republic of South Korea.   It wasn't long after he arrived in Korea that his superiors found out he was an athlete.  From that point on, the only action he saw was on the football field.  He returned to the states and tried out for the Los Angelas Rams.  He made the training roster but was injured in a pre-season game ending his football career.  He spent his working career as a Sales Engineer in the forest products industry. During the down turn of forest products industry Dom tried his hand as an entrepreneur.  He became the owner of Binder Products.  He was most known for entertaining his clients, usually over a three martini lunch.  He also used his charm and charisma to earn a name for himself in the Auto Sales Industry.  He always thought of himself as a "fashion statement".   Whether it was his permed hair, white belt and shoes, leisure suit, or his gold chains and pinkie rings.

Dom was no quitter.  In 1985 at a North Central High School all class reunion, Dom was reunited with his long time heart-throb/teacher Kaye Chitty.  Shortly after they reunited, Dom charmed Kaye into going to lunch.  They were married on September 30, 1989.  They have been happily married for the past 21 years.  Dom's kids fondly refer to Kaye as "Mother Theresa" for her patience and support of the man who couldn't be tamed.  Her sainthood is being considered for the exceptional and loving tolerance of Dom's increasing demands and needs over the last few years.

In 1995, Dom and Kaye retired to Crooked River Ranch in Terrebonne, OR.  Dom always wanted to retire and play golf.  He excelled at retirement.  He loved playing with his "buddies" in the Men's Club.  Over the years, Dom had 4 hole-in-ones, (Two that were witnessed and 2 that remain suspect.)  He was a member of the Moose Lodge.  He owned more Cadillacs than Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin combined.  He was very passionate about Politics.  The family no longer allowed him to have a loaded weapon on election day.  This stemmed from an incident involving the election of Bill Clinton.  He made Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal.

We will truly miss you Papa!!!

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