Jack Dempsey Combs

07/03/1919 - 05/13/2014

Jack Dempsey Combs, age 94, passed away May 13, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Jack was born July 3, 1919 in Anabel, Missouri. He was preceded in death by a daughter – Kristy Combs Valentine, and a granddaughter – Aimee Nicole Garrett. He is survived by his wife Carma R. Combs, three sisters – Louise Wallace, Rose Marie Welch, Pat Hackley; four daughters – Nancy Combs Garrett, Penny Combs Willis, Darcy Combs, and Karry Combs Merrill; three sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

His life’s work was as a master carpenter, including work for Twentieth Century Fox Studios before WWII and supervising finish carpentry work for Farnsworth Construction Company.

Jack’s hobbies included reading and studying the scriptures, hunting for arrowheads and pottery, and while in Hawaii, searching for glass floats. He served in the Navy for four years during World War II, and was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. He held and magnified many callings in the LDS Church, including Bishop, High Councilman, and served many missions throughout his life. He was called on a Building mission for the LDS church to Hawaii in 1960. He served as the Chief carpenter for the building of the Polynesian Cultural Center and the dormitories for Brigham Young University in Hawaii.

Jack was a devoted husband, wonderful father, and grandfather. He was a loving son, brother, and uncle. Even though he is away from us for now, his love, service and example will be forever with us. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 AM at the LDS Lazona Building, 1345 East University Drive in Mesa, Arizona. There will be a visitation from 9:30-10:30 AM, prior to the service.

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