(Extensions of Remarks - January 21, 2004)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E17]
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                       TRIBUTE TO FRANK DOMINGUEZ


                             HON. JOE BACA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, January 21, 2004

  Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, it is with a great sense of pride that I pay 
tribute today to the life of Frank Dominguez, a longtime leader in the 
Inland Empire. Frank passed away this month at the age of 64. He was a 
man of great integrity and character, and I join today with family and 
friends in honoring his memory and remarkable life.
  To all those who knew Frank Dominguez, he was a hard-working, 
generous, compassionate man who was proud of his San Bernardino roots. 
His educational path took him through Burbank Elementary School, Colton 
Union High School, and San Bernardino Valley College. Following his 
graduation, he served our country proudly in the U.S. Army.
  In 1964, Frank founded the Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. and 
proceeded to give back to the community that he so loved, including 
building the Vanir Tower, a San Bernardino landmark. His tremendous 
passion, pride, and selflessness led him to serve three terms on the 
state economic development commission and serve on the boards of the 
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Counties, the Mexican American Legal 
Defense and Educational Fund, and the Diocese of San Bernardino and 
Riverside Counties. He was revered and admired by friends and 
colleagues, leading to his selection as outstanding businessman of the 
year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
  I join today with family and friends in paying tribute to Frank 
Dominguez, beloved husband, father, and friend. He is survived by his 
wonderful wife of 42 years, Gisela, his children Dorene, Richard, and 
Diane, and his three grandchildren. His kind deeds and gentle soul will 
be deeply missed by all.