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John James Domin Dec. 31, 1936 - June 8, 2019

John James Domin, 82, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, died on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in his sleep at Hospice Alive in Nashville.

John, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was born on Dec. 31, 1936 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Veronica Domin, who immigrated from Slovakia. He married Judith Boyles, a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1961. John went Penn State University and received a degree in engineering. He worked as an industrial engineer for most of his career, which moved him to Wabash, Indiana. There, he worked for General Tire. After retiring, John moved to Bluffton, South Carolina, where he and Judy lived for over 10 years. John was known for his ability to to fix everything and make anything. He built a dollhouse for one of his daughters, a car bed for his son and a loft bed for one of his granddaughters. He also constructed a large backyard porch for a home in Tennessee.

While retired, John started to make wooden baskets and sold them at local arts and crafts festivals. A few years later, he created marshmallow shooters out of from pipes and enjoyed sending marshmallows flying around the backyard. Once, when a microwave button broke, John was able to fix it using fishing wire and a key ring. Called Pappy, he was famous for expressions like “whatever toots your tooter,” “see you around like a doughnut,” “choke your motor,” “nothing to it like to do it” and “put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.” He will forever be known for his bright blue eyes, infectious smile and ornery spirit.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Domin (Boyles); two daughters, Teresa Carpenter (Craig) and Christine Lamb; son, Thomas Domin; four granddaughters, Jenna Carpenter, Taylor Carpenter, Heather Raub (Tristan) and Abby Lamb; great-granddaughter, Sophia Raub; and great-grandson, Levi Raub.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James John Domin and John James Domin Jr.

A service will be held Thursday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at the Catholic Church of the Nativity, located at at 2793 Buckner Lane, Thompson Station, Tennessee, 37179.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association.