Redwood Times

Long time Humboldt County resident, Rogan M. Coombs of Ferndale, died May 4, 2008 in Eureka.

The son of Mal and Melba (Feldmeyer) Coombs, Rogan was born December 27, 1935, at his grandmother’s home in Healdsberg, Calif. The Coombs family moved from Menlo Park to Humboldt County in 1946 where Rogan graduated from South Fork High School. He went on to work for his father at Coombs Lumber Company, eventually running the family business.

A true native son of California, Rogan was descended from early pioneers. His maternal great-grandmother crossed the plains from Missouri to California, back to Missouri and returning to California where she raised her family. She farmed near Geyserville in her late life. His maternal great-grandfather, an immigrant from Germany, established the first winery in Geyserville. His paternal great-grandfathers, Homer Barton and Silas Coombs, came from Maine to settle in the Little River area in the mid-1800s. Today the lovely Coombs home where Silas looked out at the sea to watch his lumber schooners is The Little River Inn, a place very dear to Rogan.

An easily recognized figure about town in his hickory shirt, stagged pants, and suspenders, or decked out in a three-piece suit and signature derby, Rogan was well known in the community for his generosity, honesty in business, hospitality, and love of fun. He participated in many activities dedicated to preserving the history of the Redwood Coast, and was particularly devoted to steam locomotives. His absence will be deeply felt in the community.

Rogan is survived by his companion Yuki McCarthy, children Bart Coombs, Mac Coombs, and Judy Coombs-Jones, grandson Prescott Coombs, brother Dennes Coombs and Phil Butterfield.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Pierce Mortuary, 707 H Street, Eureka, CA.

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