John Coombs

September 24, 1933 - March 9, 2024

Location Of Death: Prairie City, OR United States

Celebrating Life

John Walter Coombs, aged 90, of Prairie City, Oregon, passed away on March 9, 2024. He was born on September 24, 1933, in Prairie City, Oregon, to Henry “Harry” John Coombs and Marie Elsie (Bradly) Coombs. John’s life will be celebrated with a graveside service at 2 PM on March 16, 2024, in Prairie City, Oregon, where he spent his days tending to his beloved ranchland. The service will be held at the Prairie City Cemetery, and a reception will follow the service at the Prairie City Senior Center. A graduate of Prairie City High School, John furthered his education at the Oregon Institute of Technology, specializing in welding. Additionally, he pursued his passion for flying, becoming a skilled private pilot. For over 84 years, John dedicated himself to ranching, a profession he cherished deeply. As a third-generation cattle rancher, he exemplified stewardship of the land and livestock, nurturing future generations to carry on his legacy. On April 8, 1961, John married the love of his life, Marva Rae (Howard) Coombs, in Canyon City, Oregon. Together, they shared a beautiful journey until her passing on September 9, 2006. John’s diverse interests included flying, art, writing, motorcycle riding, fishing, hunting, and his fondness for fast cars. He also had a compassionate heart for animals, from raising wild cats to caring for creatures of all kinds. Throughout his life, John was actively involved in various organizations, including the Oregon Cattleman’s Association, Grant County Air Search & Rescue, and served as a dedicated member of the School Board for 25 years. His faith was an integral part of his life, as he was a cherished member of Grace Chapel. John will be deeply missed by his daughters: Jeanne Bilben of Anchor Point, Alaska; Sharrie Sheridan of Redmond, Oregon; Pam Gangler and Penny Black, both of Prairie City, Oregon; Cindy Renfro of Redmond, Oregon; along with his 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marva Coombs, and his sons, John (Brad) Davis, Mark Coombs, and Rick Coombs. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Chapel or the Prairie City Senior Center through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. John’s enduring spirit, unwavering dedication, and love for his family and land will forever be remembered and cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Obituary courtesy of Driskill’s Memorial Chapel.

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