Peter T. Combs (1928 - 2012)

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Peter T. Combs passed away peacefully at his home in Ennis, Mont. on Dec. 1, 2012, just shy of his 85th birthday.

Peter T was born in 1928 in Santa Ana, Calif., the youngest of three sons of Walter and Dorothy Combs.

At age 17, Peter joined the Navy. He served as an engineer on a destroyer in the Pacific, in both World War II and the Korean War. Between wars he attended the California Maritime Academy, earning a degree in civil engineering. After the Korean War, Pete worked as a civil engineer for the Orange County.

In 1950 Peter married the love of his life, Virginia (Jinny) Beardsley, and started a family that was to include five children: Deborah Combs Martin, Peter Jr., Virginia (Ginger), Timothy, and Bruce.

In 1960, Peter and Jinny moved from California to the Diamond J Ranch, up Jackass Creek, near Ennis, Mont. Guest ranching was to be the first of many entrepreneurial pursuits for Peter T in Montana. His many irons in the fire including cattle ranching, banking, and town grocer.

This man of many hats – literally and figuratively – also dedicated his life to civic pursuits. Peter was a Shriner, Lion, Mason, and served on numerous community boards. Pete also served in the Montana legislature. But the community service he will perhaps be best remembered for was his dedication to the preserving the beauty and heritage of downtown Ennis. He absolutely loved the town of Ennis, and thanks to Peter T, the town enjoys a gorgeous park on Main Street that bears his name.

Over the years, Peter T had many, many, hobbies, including sailing, golf, horses (both riding and driving), traveling, and photography.

Those that knew Peter T will remember him as a man with a great sense of style (never without a bolo tie), and wonderful entertainer and story teller. Peter T lived his life with incredible passion, energy, and creativity. With the passing of Peter T. Combs, heaven just got a whole lot more interesting.

Peter T is survived by his children, Peter Jr., Virginia (Ginger), Tim and Bruce, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 9, 2012
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