Louis G. Dominguez, 81, of Warrenton, died April 23, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville after suffering a stroke at home.
The son of Augusto and Josephine Dominguez, he was born Aug. 13, 1935, in Dallas.
Mr. Dominguez enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1955, serving in the Medical Corps.
In 1957, during his assignment in Germany, he met and married Maria Simonis. Later overseas assignments included a mission in South America aiding earthquake victims and a second tour in Germany. Taken ill in Germany, he returned to the U.S., where he was treated in the Army hospital at Phoenixville, Pa. He later had a year of advanced medical training in Texas, before completing his military service in 1965.
After stints working in the laboratories in hospitals in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., Mr. Dominguez in 1966 was recruited to work in the lab at Prince William Hospital in Manassas. While there, he earned two master's degrees and rose through the ranks to the position of assistant administrator. He also ran a laboratory school at the hospital.
In Manassas, Mr. Dominguez was active in community affairs, serving as the United Way chairman and with the Heart Association and Red Cross. He was selected Prince William County's Citizen of the Year in 1977.
Mr. Dominguez left the hospital in 1979, and worked for two years in a drug rehabilitation facility in the Shenandoah Valley. He then worked for Marshall Motors, before taking a position with the U.S. Department of Justice. There he was appointed the national licensing director for the National Crime Prevention Council, serving from 1989 to 1999, during which time he promoted “McGruff,” the crime-fighting dog, anti-drug campaigns and other programs.
He was commissioned a major in the Virginia Defense Force in 1986, serving in intelligence. He also volunteered at the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office and later the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. He was appointed to the FCSO command staff by Sheriff Joe Higgs, and worked in public affairs.
Following Sheriff Higgs’ loss to Charlie Ray Fox, Mr. Dominguez worked for the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, until retiring in 2010, at the mandatory age of 75.
A prolific author, his writings appeared in medical and law enforcement publications, as well as opinion pieces in local and national newspapers.
Survivors include Maria, his wife of 60 years, of Warrenton; his sons, David Dominguez of Anchorage, Alaska, and Marc Dominguez and wife Ruth of Front Royal; his daughter, Suzanne Dominguez Riddle and husband Hugh of Culpeper; seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment will be private at Culpeper National Cemetery.