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Dom’s Services

I am sharing this post from my sister Tracy and she worded it beautifully.

Our thanks to everyone who expressed sympathy or attended Dad’s service, and to Porterville Funeral Service and Porterville Church of the Nazarene. Jeff read tributes written by granddaughters Kat Pok and Jennifer Sandoval, and daughters, Donna CoppinCandis Spallina and myself and people would have applauded him had it been a different venue, and Candis’s music/slide show was even better than before, so there were many moments of gentle humor; Donna was presented with the burial flag at the graveside service; Richard Frost’s singing was beautiful and heartfelt; our cousin Kirk Ingoldsby, a Mormon lay bishop, shared many fond and funny memories of his Uncle Dom and a prayer at the graveside service as well. Several old friends were able to attend the memorial service, and lots of family too, including his grandkids, and great grandkids. It couldn’t have gone any better, and Dad would surely have protested that it was too much, but been very pleased. 

Here are a few pictures from yesterday.  Thank you for dropping by and visiting a while.  






Dear Old Dad’s Values

My father was a special man whom I am very proud to call Dad.  He lived a good long life and had many friends who love him still.  During my childhood he tried to teach me some important things and I didn’t always pay too close attention, but they did come back to me later on and dang if he wasn’t right all along.

Here are a few of the things that I learned.  Value.  Not just right from wrong, but the value of having something that you really wanted and the cost.  We had an allowance each week or so, not a lot but it was a small fortune to me.  If I wanted to go buy something special like a soda or candy, or something extra, you had to work for it.  I mean really special chores!  Pulling up nut grass in the yard was one that I really disliked but I did earn a little extra for doing it.  It seems that it was always in the heat of summer and you squatted on the ground with a small spade and pulled up that weed so it didn’t spread in the yard.  Another special chore was plucking those fat little horned tomato worms off the tomato plants!  That was worse than nut grass pulling parties!  From earning that little extra I learned to appreciate what I had, because I had to work for it, and that made it even more valuable.

Another thing that he taught us was faith.  He had faith not only in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but in us kids.  We went to Sunday School and Church regularly and I grew in my faith because he showed me what it really was by his actions.  He trusted that we would know right from wrong and that we would do the right thing.   And sometimes, I admit, I didn’t always do the right thing and I had faith that I would pay for that later on.  Dad taught us faith and trust by his actions, he inspired me to become a Sunday School teacher, and then to become an elder in my own church later on.  I wanted to become like him because of his faith and trust, and I hope that I passed it on to my children.

Dad had a great sense of humor, and was able to laugh at himself, and with others, but not at them.  He knew almost everyone around Porterville and then later on, in Placerville, and everyone enjoyed his good sense of humor.  He could make you smile with a silly joke, and he knew the right thing to say to make me feel better when I was down.  He would also sit listen to our cornball jokes over and over again as kids and was very patient with us.  His good natured teasing was well known not only in our family but with everyone he met.  He touched the hearts of many people with his humor and we learned to laugh at ourselves rather than to take ourselves too seriously.

The most important lesson he taught was to love ourselves and others. We have a large family and we got together as much as possible to visit and have a lot of fond memories of growing up and playing with our cousins and lots of friends.  He showed his love for others by always being the first to volunteer to help someone in need.  We never felt deprived or wanting for anything.  In fact, through his helping others, I learned to love others and wanting to help out by doing for them too because of the example that he set for us.  This brings me back to Value.  I value the time that he spent with us, I value his love for us and for making me smile when I think of him.


I’m proud to call him my father.

Dominic Geroux Spallina
March 8, 1926 – June 15, 2018

Dominic Geroux Spallina was born March 8, 1926, in Lindsay, California, to
Vincent and Leona Spallina, and passed away peacefully in the company of
his daughters in Placerville on the evening of June 15, 2018.
Dom grew up on a citrus ranch with his folks, older brother Ross and
younger sister Vincelle. He enjoyed the freedoms and responsibilities of
country life, loved to work with his hands, and grew to be adept at all
things mechanical and horticultural. Dom was always planning new projects
that were not only very beneficial for his family, but for their many

Dom graduated from Lindsay High School where he met the love of his life,
Lou Mildred Owen, in Home Ec class during her sophomore year. Dom was always
very enterprising, and after graduation in 1943, ran his own trucking
business hauling produce, citrus and gypsum for local farmers. When he
turned 18, he entered the Army Air Force. Fortunately, he was still in the
middle of pilot training when the war ended, and upon his return home, Dom
and Lou married on New Year’s Eve 1946.
The newlyweds began their family in 1948 with the birth of their son Fred
and moved to Porterville where daughters Candis, Tracy and Donna were
born. Dom worked as a salesman and supervisor for Sunbeam Bakery for many
years, driving a delivery route around the Porterville area which allowed
him to keep an eye out for his kids, who were inclined to occasionally
skip afternoon classes. Despite working twelve-hour days, he could often
be found in his workshop or the garage, building a cabinet or fixing one
of his kids’ cars. A great salesman who seemed to know and be able to
shoot the breeze with everyone in town, Dom retired from the bread business
in 1986. Dom and Lou joined the Porterville Church of the Nazarene
in the 1960s and enjoyed many years of friendship, fellowship, love and a
generous dose of good humor with other members of the Lamplighter Sunday
School class. Every New Year’s Eve, they hosted a large Anniversary party
with this wonderful group of lifelong friends. Dom was also a member of
the Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who helped people in need with home
projects like replacing roofs, installing wheelchair ramps, and new

Dom and Lou were close with their families, and the aunts and uncles and
cousins on both sides enjoyed many memorable family gatherings. Uncle Dom
was the favorite of most, due to his Policy of Equal Opportunity, Diverse
and All-Inclusive Teasing. They made sure that the family vacations were a
variety of excursions from camping to the beach to Disneyland and to visiting
relatives all over the state. Prior to moving to Placerville in
2004, Dom and Lou traveled to 47 of the 50 states, cruised to exotic locales
and traveled in Europe. Their favorite vacations, though, were
spending time with their granddaughters, Jenny & Kathy, especially at Pismo

Dom is survived by his much-loved older brother Ross of Reedley, with whom
he spoke every day on the phone, daughters Candis Spallina of Camino, Tracy
Spallina (Jeff Hoyt) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Donna Coppin (Doug)
of Fresno, grandchildren Kat Pok (An) of Fresno, Jennifer Sandoval (Ariel)
of Norton Shores, Michigan, Ryan Spallina and Loren Spallina of Berkeley,
and great grandchildren Matthew, Samnang, Annalee and Emma. He was preceded
in death by his beloved wife Lou in 2012, his sister Vincelle in 2014,
his son Fred in 2002 and many, many cherished family members and friends.
Dom spent his last three months in the expert and compassionate care of
the very special nurses and CNAs at Gold Country Health Center in Placerville,
among people who knew him well from the time he spent there caring
for Lou, his beloved wife of 65 years. In the five years prior to
Lou’s passing, Dom could be found at Gold Country every day and for every
meal. When Dom moved into the center earlier this year, he was among many
friends. Dom’s daughters thank the staff for their Dad’s excellent care.
Dad was also an esteemed member of The Gold Country Lunch Group, a closeknit
group of friends with shared experiences. Dad truly cherished their
friendship, love and support in his later years.

Dom was known among his admirers as a true gentleman, and he was a loving
and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a common
sense kind of guy who was happy to pass along to his kids Three Rules to
Live By: Don’t Ride the Clutch; Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty; and Any Damn
Fool Can Spend Money — It Takes Somebody Smart to Save It. All of us —
Dad’s kids, grandkids and great-grandkids — learned a great deal from him,
especially his values, his faith, how to love one another and how to laugh
at ourselves. We will miss him enormously.

There will be a private graveside service on Thursday, June 28, at the
Lindsay-Strathmore Cemetery, followed by a public memorial service at the
Porterville Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m. A luncheon open to all family
and friends of Dom will be served. Porterville Funeral & Cremation Center
is handling the funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of one’s


My beloved little black and white cat, Bandit passed away this evening.  He had just turned 14 years old on April 13.  He is survived by his siblings, Missy, Rusty and Racer.  I am really missing him right now.  He was very loving and sought out our attention after dinner each evening, wanting to be petted, stroked, and loved on.  He would run from me to Doug, wanting his ears to be scratched or his little butt rubbed.  Never hurt anyone, very laid back, and always ready for a treat.  Or for a drink from my bowl when I finished my cereal, he loved milk.  He was also a little nut who didn’t want to do what we wanted him to do, like stop scratching the furniture or get down.

We believe that he must have had a heart attack or seizure.  He let out a few unearthly screams, convulsed a little and that was the end of it.  I am going to miss my little love bug.  He always wanted to be as close as he could to me or Doug, and would follow me from room to room                    just to be close to us.  He had never been ill before, except for a flea allergy a long time ago, and then he was fine.

Lift a bowl of milk with me as a tribute to my baby boy, Bandit.  We  miss you and love you, Bandit!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures.




I have been busy clearing out old files, photos and other stuff from my blog the past few days.  Now it is semi-clutter free and a little easier to navigate around.  You will notice that a lot of the older mystery quilts have been deleted.  This is mainly due to problems with the pictures or other writing issues that I found.  If there is no picture to go along with the quilt, then it isn’t of much use.  Some of them were never completed due to life circumstances or loss of interest or the pattern didn’t go together as it should have.  

BUT NEVER FEAR!  I have made printed copies of all the mystery quilts that I ever designed, started and finished, so maybe one day they may reappear again at a later date.  Some of them are already in PDF format and others are in the process of being rewritten.  AND there is no charge for any of the patterns, all are available in the public domain and can be found at different sites.  

I hope that you like the new look and will tell your friends to drop by and  visit!  Everyone is welcome.   


You may have noticed some changes to some of the posts that have been around for a while.  The reason for this change is that, one, I have a lot of stuff floating around and it is hard to find at times and I want to consolidate the mystery quilts and other posts, so that it will be easier to find.  Secondly, some of the posts are no longer relevant to the group, such as swaps and challenges from before 2018 and need to be weeded out.  Third, I want to streamline the blog so that it is easier for everyone to find and read.  I reserve the right to pick and choose what will be published or available on this website.

You will note that some of the mystery quilts will no longer be offered.  Some of the mystery quilts are incomplete due to lack of participation, pattern not working out or changes in my life that caused me to shelf them indefinitely.  Also, when I switched to Windows 10, I lost several photos and can no longer access them.   The ones that will be available will still be on the website and are also available also in PDF format.  You can find those under Challenges and Mysteries and in the drop down section on the left hand side.  I am still in the process of choosing which ones, so it will be some time before I have a complete list ready for you.  If you are looking for one and do not find it, one of the reasons above is probably responsible.

Here is a partial list of what I do plan to put on PDF format and some that will be deleted,  but they are not quite ready yet.  I am consolidating the individual mysteries into larger files instead of several blog pages and that takes some time to do.

HEART OF MINE MYSTERY QUILT 2011:  Now available as a PDF format.

TRIANGLE SOUP  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

HOUSEWARMING  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

OH, MY STARS  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

SUMMER MYSTERY 2014  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

JUST TOO TWEET  HAS BEEN DELETED.  It was never finished.






This list is subject to change and updates.  Thank you for your patience and time.






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