Curtis Stone Coombs (Former Captain-USAF), died suddenly on October 24, 2013 at age 67. |
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years Sharman, his brother Neale, 5 children, Brandon, Jeremy, Aubri, Ryan, and Shaun, their spouses, and 11 grandchildren. His love and devotion to family was the center of his life, and his greatest joy was spending time with his loved ones.
Curtis was born May 11, 1946, to Rueben and Geneal Coombs and grew up in Thatcher, ID. As a youth, he dreamt of flying aircraft and attended Air Force Officer Candidate School after college. He became a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) aboard the F-4 Phantom II fighter plane.
In July 1972, Curtis deployed to Takhli RTAB, Thailand with the 49th TFW and served in the Vietnam War. He completed 54 combat missions, and fought in Operations Linebacker I and II. He was known for his skill and calm, as exemplified during one of his combat missions, when his aircraft was locked on by an enemy Surface to Air Missile Radar. The pilot of their craft became temporarily frozen with fear. Curtis calmly suggested, "Do something, even if it's wrong", which they did, evading the threat. Later in life he worked in different careers, yet serving his country flying Fighter Planes, was the profession he cherished most.
He was loved by those who knew him and will be greatly missed.
For service information contact Valley of the Sun Funeral Home, 480-895-9232. To leave condolences visit, (www.valleyofthesun
Published in The Gazette on Oct. 31, 2013