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In Memoriam: Phil Coombs, 1946-2001

News Release
Issued: July 05, 2001

Phil Coombs
OLYMPIA -- Philip D. "Phil" Coombs, 54, a twenty-one year resident of the Olympia area, suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, while sailing on the waters of Black Lake. Phil was born November 2, 1946 in Orlando, Florida to Charles S. and Virginia R. (Ames) Coombs, Jr.

He attended Cocoa High School and graduated from the University of Florida in 1968, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Systems Management in 1975 from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Coombs served his nation as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain in 1973.

After his discharge, Phil began 27 years of state service that included work in the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industries, Office of Financial Management, Department of Natural Resources and the Health Care Authority. At the time of his death, he was the State Archivist with the Office of Secretary of State. He was also an instructor at University of Puget Sound.

Phil enjoyed tinkering, motorcycles, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Coombs is survived by his loving companion and soul-mate, Linda McDonell of Olympia; one daughter, Laura K. Hammer of Olympia; and two sons, David A. Coombs of Federal Way, and Kevin P. Coombs of Wahiawa, Hawaii. He is also survived by his parents Charles and Virginia Coombs, Sr. of Cocoa, Florida; his brother Charles "Dusty" Coombs of Leesburg, Florida; his sister Janet Johns of Carterville, Georgia; and six grandchildren, Nikolai and Miranda Hammer, Joseph Hammer, Ryan Christopher Soza, Samantha McDonell, and David McDonell Jr. He was formerly married to Megan Lindale.

Visitation will be Friday July 6, 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Olympic Funeral Home in Tumwater. A memorial service for Mr. Coombs will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 7th at Olympic Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Computer Scholarship Fund at South Puget Sound Community College.

Arrangements are by Mills & Mills Funeral Directors.