Kay Snow Coombs passed away in Mount Pleasant, UT of natural causes on December 2, 2011, just five days shy of his 89th birthday.
Kay was born on December 7, 1922 in Boulder, UT. He was the son of Ephraim Hyrum & Florence Mary Snow Coombs.
Kay was raised in Boulder. He entered into the U.S. Army at the onset of WW II and served for over three years in the Pacific Islands.
In 1945 he was honorably discharged from the service and he returned to Boulder where he ranched with his father until 1961, when he was called to serve a mission to the Southern States at the age of 38.
He married Annie Merle Davis on October 7, 1963 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had four sons. Kay raised his family while working as a ranch hand. He worked for LW Gardner in Venice, UT, Boulder King Ranches, in Boulder, UT, and Redd Ranches in Paradox, CO.
Upon retirement, he and Annie Merle settled in Moroni, UT. Annie Merle died on December 1, 2005. Kay married Je’anne Wilding on July 14, 2007 and they lived in Mount Pleasant, UT.
Kay is survived by his four sons, Douglas (Margaret) of Paradise, UT, Roger (Rosaly) of Rangely, CO, Rex (Lisa) of Benjamin, UT, and Duane (Heather) of Austin, NV. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, as well as siblings, Eva Whitaker, Sarah May Hansen, Karen (Paul) Cramer, Elaine Roundy, Theresa Coombs, Anne (Karl) Spencer, Larry (Carol) Coombs, Mary (Richard) Lyman, Anthony (Dot) Coombs, Vard (Mary Jane) Coombs and sister-in law, Mary Coombs.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Clinton Coombs, David Coombs, Robert Coombs and brothers-in law Eugene Whitaker, Ross Hansen and Uvon Roundy.
Dad was an active member of the LDS Church and held many callings during his life, including Branch President and Ward Clerk. After his retirement he spent many hours working as a temple worker in the Manti LDS temple. He and Mother also served a Welfare Mission for the church at the cannery in Moroni. He loved the gospel and strived to live by its principles.
Dad was a prolific writer. The many volumes of diaries that he wrote throughout his life will be a treasure cherished by his posterity for many years to come. He was always reading in his spare time.
Despite only completing the 8th grade, he was very knowledgeable in many subjects, especially history. He was a dedicated, hard worker who was never one to toot his own horn even though he could out-shoe the best farriers and was an excellent hand with horses and cattle.
He was a meticulous book keeper, and jack of all trades. He had a quiet, unassuming yet determined personality.