Danville resident Robert "Bob" Joseph Dommes passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 88.
He was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Calumet, Mich., raised in Richmond, Calif., and graduated from Richmond High School in 1936. He attended San Jose State College earning a bachelor of science degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Myrl, in September 1941, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After that, he joined the California Highway Patrol and became a CHP motor officer in Contra Costa County, beginning a 33 year career with the State of California. He also worked for the Board of Equalization and the Attorney General's Office.
Bob and his wife started a social dance club in Richmond called the Stardusters, which helped Richmond residents become reacquainted after the war. He moved to Concord in 1948 and was an active charter member of the Concord Elks Lodge #1994, becoming its first secretary.
He enjoyed traveling with motor home clubs, and an occasional ocean cruise, as well as gardening and sometimes cooking. On a rare occasion, he would enjoy golf with old friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrl, in 2002. He is survived by his son Brian Dommes and wife Gayle of Sutter Creek; daughter Valorie Dommes of Antioch; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish in San Ramon on Sept. 24. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his memory be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.