Michael C. Combs

Michael C. Combs, 69, died Dec. 28, 2007, at the home of his sister and brother-in-law in Ashland, after struggling courageously with a protracted illness.

Mr. Combs was born to George and Joan Combs in Eureka, Utah, where his family owned and operated the Chief Consolidated Mining Company. As a boy, he moved with his family to California where he lived for many years. In 1970, he and his wife and children moved to Shady Cove.

His career was defined by his work as a millwright, then as an industrial electrician. A true romantic at heart, he was well known for his aviation and sailing expertise, which he freely shared. He was a craftsman of exceptional skill, particularly in aircraft construction. However, his greatest achievements are reflected in the lives of his sons, of whom he was extremely proud. His death has created a permanent hole in the lives of family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; sisters, Kathleen Bennett, of Ashland and Colette Wright, of Medford; sons, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Combs, M.D, West Point, N.Y., Christopher Combs, San Carlos, Calif., U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Thomas Combs, Tampa, Fla., and son, Michael Combs, Central Point and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his younger brothers, Stephen and Patrick Combs.

A rosary service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at Conger-Morris, Medford. The funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shady Cove.  

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