Dominic Alexander Benedict Vera, 58, died May 12, 2019, in Metlakatla.
He was born Jan. 5, 1961, in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to Oregon, he resided in San Pedro, California, and Seattle, before spending the past 30 years in Ketchikan and Metlakatla.
In San Pedro, he received baptism and Holy Communion at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where he served as an alter boy.
He attended 15th Street Elementary School. His family writes that he “attended a few junior highs for fighting and being kicked out.” Those schools included Dana Junior High School in San Pedro, Fleming Junior High in Lomita, California, and Dodson Junior High in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
His family writes that he was very athletic, and played baseball and football for “several coaches who adored him (because) he had a way of making the game a little more competitive and fun for coaches and fellow players.”
“(He) moved on to San Pedro High School until 10th grade, started to have children, quit high school, (then went on to get his G.E.D. in 1994,” his family writes.
Mr. Vera held several certificates needed to work on the ocean. He fished commercially for “anything and everything,” his family writes. That included squid, swordfish, salmon, herring, halibut, snapper, cod and crab. He also worked aboard tugboats and Merchant Marine vessels.
He married Clara Betty Booth on Aug. 6, 1997, in Ketchikan.
Mr. Vera enjoyed beachcombing, surfing, learning about the oceans and earth, and playing on the ocean as often as possible. In addition liking to “drink a drink every now and then,” his family writes, he also enjoyed music, was a fan of the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Dodgers and Oakland Raiders, and was an accomplished Kung Fu apprentice.
“(He was) really a kind-hearted, loving husband, great father, always willing to lend a helping hand,” his family writes. “(He was a) man of integrity with family values.”
Mr. Vera was preceded in death by his father, Emmanuel Vera; mother, Delphine Vera; brother, Timmothy Vera; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roland and Winnifred Young; brother-in-law, Robert Celentano; and sisters-in-law, Rhonda Peratrovitch and Diana Gaube.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Betty Vera; son, Vance Booth and his three children; daughter, Amoreena (Kevin) Mederos and their three children; son, Dominic Vera; son, Gerald Booth and his three children; son, Michael (Sarah Edenshaw) Vera and their son, Rylan Vera; son, Martin Vera; son, Simon Vera; brothers, Greg Vera, and Michael (Holly) Vera; sisters, Shari Celentano, Maria Vera and Anita Vera; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Calvin and Kathy Milton; brothers-in-law, Carl Gaube, Curtis Gaube and Clarence Gaube; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Colleen and Tom Brendible; sister-in-law, Joanne Shearer; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. June 1, 2019, at the Metlakatla town hall.