Ed Taylor singing and playing smooth jazz.
Jan and Barb, and Ed Taylor all played at the 40th Anniversary Party.
Please, let us know that you are coming and how many there are of you. In addition to your reply you may also attach a story about Don and Peg or images to share. Thanks. We're looking forward to the party.
We'll look for you on the 20th of August if you can make it!
No gifts or presents, please. But, do consider making a donation to FISH Food Banks of Tacoma and Pierce County. One-third of FISH's clients are children 0-18 years of age.
FISH serves approximately one-third of all food bank clients in Pierce County. Since 2008, the community's need for food distribution through FISH has increased a staggering 137%. At FISH, more than 97% of every dollar donated goes to food distribution. In 2013, more than $10 million worth of in-kind food was donated, and FISH spent an additional $420,000 procuring nutritious food to ensure a sufficient and balanced selection. FISH is committed to making the most effective use of all funds and food donated.
For every $1 donated, FISH can distribute $7 worth of food. The average cost per meal is only $0.23. 700 volunteers make daily food bank operations possible.
The Story of Don and Peg Doman:
Don and Peg, met while attending the University of Puget Sound. Don asked Peg to dance in May, Friday night, at the Student Union Building, under the balcony across from the Paul Bunyan mural. He was a Fine Arts Major (painting and drawing). Don liked to say Peg was a German Major (and his friends would comment, "I didn't know she was in the military!), but in reality she was studying German language and literature, with a final goal of becoming a librarian. (She graduated from an American military high school in Germany, hence, the German.) It was a whirlwind courtship. They both enjoyed books, music, films, and art. In late June a visiting aunt told Don's mom and her twin sister, Viginia, "He's going to marry that girl." In August of 1966 Don proposed. Peg's response was "I'll have to think about it." A few weeks later while trolling up and down Tacoma Mall looking for an engagement ring to fit their rather limited budget, Peg took Don to a display window at Friedlander & Sons to see a ring she'd admired before. She knew they couldn't afford it, but Don surprised her with it on her birthday in October. It's a heavy gold ring with an antique Limoges enamel portrait, encircled by seed pearls. The portrait’s background of cobalt blue enchanted Peg. The wedding took place at Holy Rosary Church in Tacoma. The one-night honeymoon was at La Casa Motel in Ponders Corner, which Don's parents owned. His little sister Marsha came to the door to throw rice at them. Don mostly slept. He worked the night shift at Boeing in Renton, then drove to UPS for a final in Geology before changing his clothes and rushing to Holy Rosary for the wedding.
The children came in 1967, 1968, and 1969. In 1970 they bought a new car (an AMC Hornet). Andrea Danielle was named after a friend of Don's in painting class (Andrea Farmer, nicknamed Andi). Don would joke, "If it were a boy I was going to call him, Amos." Like her parents Andrea has always been drawn to art. Donald Delos Doman III was next (another artist). Mom and Dad call him Delbo (a take-off of Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit) or Del for short. Outside the family he generally goes by Don. The youngest is Patrick Murdoch. Mom and Dad call him Patrick; his siblings called him Murder on the dock; he goes by Pat. Both boys love cars. Don's had dozens and dozens over the years, usually enormous tanks (Peg’s comment).
As the kids moved away their rooms were converted. Del and Patricks bedroom became Peg's art room, "the Chaple." One of Andrea Farmers painting hangs there with other artwork: calligraphy, prints, and paintings.
Don and Peg's first anniversary involved a camping trip to Ocean Shores in November ‘67. Being poor and not able to afford canned salmon, Peg made mackerel sandwiches. They left in the evening and stopped in a rainstorm to eat them in their two-door 1955 Chrysler New Yorker (green body, white top). Don would later buy Peg a matching 1955 Chrysler Imperial, which, unfortunately, she never drove. (Her first car was a 1973 Chevy Vega, a more manageable car than those tanks.) The mackerel sandwiches lasted about one bite each before they were thrown away in disgust. Passing through Aberdeen they bought a bucket of KFC, which they ate in their car, in the dark, on the beach. It's still the best tasting KFC they've ever eaten. Later that night, they woke up to heavy winds and rain and a rocking tent. Don held onto the tent's center pole to keep it from flying away, while Peg huddled next to him.
Two other anniversaries of memory are their 40th and their 45th.
In case you didn't know it, Peg is a saint. In addition to raising the three Doman children, juggling 33 rentals with all their phone calls and problems, plus putting up with Don, she was also a loving mother to three young foster children (one at a time): Terrence, Chad, and Tyson. Terrence was a perfect fit. He had asthma, brown hair, and brown eyes. The family attracted attention where ever they went. Terrence's dark brown skin turned plenty of heads in the 1970s. His young mother was eventually able to take him home for good. Chad was a short-timer and then Tyson joined the Doman brood.
Terrence and Tyson stayed with the Domans for over a year each. Tyson was eventually adopted, had his named changed, and moved to Wapato. After about twenty years, Tyson looked up the Domans and came for a short visit with his girl friend. The Domans shared memories about his early childhood and then showed him a Mother's Day present Don gave to Peg after the youngster left for Eastern Washington - a figurine named Tyson.
The Domans were involved in the Tacoma and Washington State Jaycees. They had a truck/camper and took the kids camping and to many Jaycee events, like the Nadia Comaneci Look-a-like Contest, which involved a ten foot balance beam (a railroad tie) and pillows. Jaycee competitors stood at each end of the board and the winner was the one who could make it to the other end of the board. The kids loved it. Obviously, this was before the discovery of concussion damage. In addition to Jaycees, Peg enjoyed and still enjoys P.E.O., Tacoma Calligraphy Guild, SI Tacoma (Soroptimists) and her book group. Don is a past president of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, a past board member of Tacoma Actors Guild, TACID, and Tacoma Sunrisers Toastmasters. He helped start the Bacon Bowl (Tacoma police officers vs. Seattle police), which raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. The committee was comprised of the Executive Board of the Washington State Jaycees. Friend Al Burrage of West Seattle was Wshington State President. Don was Executive Vice President and friends Randy Melquist was Internal Vice President, Jim Whitacre was Treasurer and Noel Shillito was State Counsel. Don was also co-founder of Tacoma-Pierce County Christmas House, which provided toys and warm clothes to children in need for over twenty-five years. He's also a member of a book group in Tacoma. Peggy and Don are both believers of "Service Above Self."
Over the years, Don completed thirty years with Amtrak, but the last ten years sometimes only involved working one day a month; while Peg and Don worked in video production, marketing and, finally, the internet. They’ve written three books on small business subjects, all published by Self-Counsel Press of Vancouver, B.C. Peg worked in the UPS Collins Library (a book junky’s dream) and at the Park District, writing news releases, creating and editing newsletters, and producing the Park District’s cable television show Park Place. Peg was host of the Domans' own cable television show, Video Realty. The show did well against the then #1 program on TV, The Bill Cosby Show. Together they produced one show each on channels 11 and 13 as well as two other local cable shows: Used Cars (sponsored by Autohaus) and The Spud Goodman Show, an ideosyncratic talk show. After one episode that contained a thimble collector, one of the production people asked Peg, "Where do all these strange people come from?" Peg answered, "That one was Don's sister, Marsha." The Spud show involved many other friends and family. Granddaughter Talia was the "child" of a guest when she was just a week old.
Their friendships tend to be long-term. To get out of them you generally have to die. They've lost a few close friends since their 40th Anniversary. The most recent was Andi Melquist, who besides being a close friend for over forty years, was also mother to their daughter-in-law Johanna, and a shared grandmother of four of their 11 grandchildren. Now, that's family and community involvement.
Doman friendships usually started with either Jaycees, Rotary or another group, and sometimes they’re combined. For example, in Rotary they used to have a group of friends called the Culture Vultures. While on a weekend in Portland for live theatrical productions and dining, they gathered at Powell's Bookstore’s coffee shop. While waiting for the northbound train, Mike Jones, asked the question, "If you could go anywhere on Earth, where would you go?" Peg pushed a book about Tuscany into the middle of the table and declared, "That's where I'd go." Everyone nodded appreciatively. Don had just read an article about villa rentals, so thinking aloud, he said, "I bet we could rent a villa for a week in the Tuscan hills and pay less than we would pay for a three-day stay in Portland." This turned out to be absolutely true! Although they lost Mike and Dana Jones, and John Reding and Nan Peele from the group, Rotarians Donn Irwin and wife Deb, and Rob Erb and wife Vickie became a part of the stalwart bunch of travelers. The group also included old friends Jan Runbeck and Mike Mowat, and new friends Randy and Sue Lord who all made the trip to Italy and a side trip to Spain for three of the couples. The group going to Tuscany began a year of planning with monthly Friday night dinners, dubbed "Friends and Fridays," which still meets at least once a week for dinner . . . and breakfast on Sundays . . . and . . . well you get the drift.
All three of the Doman children are married: Andi and Rich Neill, Del and Johanna Doman, and Patrick and Wendy Doman. All live in the Tacoma area. The three of them and their spouses are at the helm of the anniversary celebration. In the image on the right Andi looks over the boys to make sure they are behaving. Patrick, flashing the gang sign, sits sucking his thumb. Delbo on the right looks uncomfortable wearing the same wool suit Don had worn twenty years before.
The Doman children have given Don and Peg eleven grandchildren, in descending order by age: Talia, Vanessa, the twins - Dakota & Demetria, Caitlin, Daron Ann, Bailee, Riley, Bella, Sophia, and Laci.
Don and Peg continue to be in love and share their passions of live entertainment with their children and grandchildren. They still love books, the movies and good food. Their 50th Anniversary is a combination of live entertainment, good food, and love of family and friends.
Please, let us know that you are coming and how many there are of you. Thanks. We're looking forward to the party.
We'll look for you on the 20th of August if you can make it!