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Stephen (Steve) Combs

Posted By Ardra Hansen On January 25, 2014 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Stephen (Steve) Combs

Stephen (Steve) Thomas Combs, 69, passed away from a sudden heart attack on Saturday, January 25, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Combs; 4 children, Debbie Porter, Cristi Wong, Sarah Combs and Jeremy Combs; 6 grandchildren, Kim and Amber Wong, Shannon and Carson Porter, and Tyler and Lauren Combs; 3 siblings, Chris Burns, Diane Hanson, and Bill Combs. Steve was a wonderful husband, the best Dad to his 4 children, the greatest Papa to his 6 grandchildren, and a good friend to many. He will be missed every day as he was truly a spark of life and laughter that brought everyone closer together. He was a man of many passions. Retired in 2010 from a career of 40 years at Banner Healthcare, he loved to travel with his loving wife, Nancy, tell the most fantastic stories (as he was the world’s greatest storyteller), cook the most amazing food for his friends and family, plant beautiful flowers and plants in his backyard garden, and play (sometimes even win) bridge and poker with his good friends. He loved and adored all 6 of his grandchildren and enjoyed taking them on family outings. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to either Friends of Eight PBS, check made payable to: Friends of Eight, memo: In memory of Stephen Combs, 555 North Central Ave., Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or the Monterrey Bay Aquarium: please go online to https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/aqp/member/Donate.aspx and please note in the Comments section that your donation is in memory of Stephen Combs.

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Condolence from Ed and Elaine Feldhacker on January 29th, 2014 5:01 am

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Steve. Steve was a wonderful guy, a great friend, and classmate. We had so much fun at our 50th class reunion, great memories that we shared. May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family during this difficult time. Steve will be greatly missed by all of us.

Condolence from Jackie (Phillips) Hart on January 29th, 2014 1:33 pm

What a classmate! What a husband! What a Dad! What a grandpa! I am so very sorry!

Condolence from Kyla Hill on January 29th, 2014 10:15 pm

My dearest Stevie – There really are no words I can find that describe how I feel about losing you, but one word does come to mind, blessed. I was so blessed to share four wonderful years working by your side and building a great friendship that would last even after your retirement. Seems like just yesterday there we were, celebrating 40 years at Banner Health, and you, because you know I loved it so, wore your pink shirt. That day, was a day to celebrate you and your dedication to Banner. Soon, we will all gather again to celebrate the dedication you gave to your family and friend and the impact you made to each of us. I\’d like to think that life is measured in laughs, and you my friend, so full of joy, happiness, love and laughter used up all your laughs. You remind us to live each day to the fullest and you\’ve surely left your mark on my heart, and everyone who was blessed to call you friend. My deepest, heartfelt thoughts go out to Nancy, Jeremy and your entire family. I\’ll miss you and love you always Stevie!!

Condolence from Evelyn Kras on January 29th, 2014 11:17 pm

I absolutely adored Steve, as you know Nancy Steve and I worked together for a long time, I looked forward to your Christmas Card and loved the one received this year. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Steve was a wonderful, giving, witty and most hard working individual you could ever ask for. I will so miss Steve.

Condolence from Barb Preston Roundtree on January 30th, 2014 3:05 am

So sorry about Steve passing. I now family Lorraine, Chip and Chris. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Loel and Annemarie Haak on January 30th, 2014 3:27 pm

We are thankful for Steve\’s faithfulness and years of service in the church. He was a great example for others. We know he will be missed by many, but are assured of his place in heaven and rejoice that we will see him there someday! Lots of love to you Nancy. Loel and Annemarie Haak and Miriam Vaughn

Condolence from Julie Henry on January 30th, 2014 8:58 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss! I worked with Steve for several years and he was such a joy to be around! My thoughts & prayers to all of you!

Condolence from Debra Larson on January 30th, 2014 10:12 pm

Steve was certified to deliver the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at Banner Health. I had the privilege of working with him as Franklin Covey\’s representative. What a honor it was to know him- he embodied everything\’s we teach – being principled center, having a great vision, amazing values, truly loving people listening to truly hear them out. He will be missed. Debra Larson, Area Director, 602.667.9227

Condolence from Carson Porter on January 31st, 2014 1:54 am

Papa I will never forget our boys trip we had to California last summer, I am so glad that one of my Christmas gifts was a photo album of the trip. You will always be in my heart. And I will never forget about you. I Love You. Your Grandson Carson

Condolence from Sarah Hernandez on January 31st, 2014 4:59 pm

Dear Combs family, I knew Steve here at the Banner Corporate office and we often stopped to talk in the hallways. He talked about his family,pets and gardening. He was a wonderful man and I always walked away from our conversations smiling. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you, Sarah Hernandez

Condolence from Maire Simington on January 31st, 2014 5:05 pm

I think Steve\’s sudden passing has been a shock to all of us. He was always so full of life and laughter. I had so many conversations with him, especially when we were paired together on a \”Team 5\” project back in the mid 1990s. He would also bring large bags of basil for me from his backyard garden — he said it grew like a weed. I am so happy to have known Steve, and I wish all of you in his family some peace in your heart.

Condolence from Nancy (Andrews) Malmstrom on February 5th, 2014 11:43 pm

Nancy, I am sure you felt the love that our classmates have always had for Steve when you attended our 50th reunion. I am so glad that I got to meet you! Reconnecting after all of these years seemed to have given him the same joy his participation gave us. Same humor and insight. What a thoughtful guy! He surely had a life well lived which is a blessed comfort in this shocking loss. We are supporting you with our love and prayers hoping your memories of all of the joy Steve brought will give you peace. Thank God for His promise of life everlasting.

Condolence from Elizabeth Rivera on February 17th, 2014 9:35 pm

I just heard about the loss of Steve and wanted to express my sorrow at his passing. Steve was my supervisor in the respiratory department at Good Sam several years ago. He was so cheerful and positive minded; told great stories and had so many varied interests which he liked to share with us. He will be missed in the world.

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