Donald Curtis Holcombe

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Donald Curtis Holcombe, born Feb. 11, 1946 in Englewood, N.J., died Feb. 10, 2006 in Payson following complications due to diabetes.

Mr. Holcombe served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1971, including three years as a nuclear power reactor operator on the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier.

He developed his own style of painting wildlife and Western scenes on stones that he called Glyphs.

His work was featured in Arizona Highways, Lapidary Journal and Rock & Gem magazines, and exhibited at El Tovar Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park for many years.

Mr. Holcombe sang with the Navy Blue Jacket Choir in 1965-66 and the world champion Phabulous Phoenician Barbershop Chorus from 1974 to1983.

He sang bass with several barbershop quartets, including Sound Advice, Sunshine Boys and the Beeliners. He performed in musicals at the Phoenix Little Theater in the 1970s.

In 1996, he was named the news director and host of Rim Country Forum at KMOG 1420 AM in Payson, later focusing on just the talk show.

He became interested in computers and the Internet in the mid-1990s, and after developing his own Web site, he began designing and hosting Web sites for others, including such clients as the Town of Payson, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation and Payson Regional Medical Center.

In his spare time, Don enjoyed sketching or painting, hiking, especially with his sons, and thinking up jokes and puns. He was known for his humor, and it was reflected often in his paintings.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nancy, and son, Ken, of Payson. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert.

A celebration of his life will be at noon Feb. 18 at the Payson High School auditorium. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.

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