David Coombs

Profile Updated: September 12, 2011
David Coombs
Residing In: Danville, CA
Spouse/Partner Linn
Occupation: Retired.
Family & Children: 2 John born 1974--now living in Sri Lank in a Buddhist monastery and Elizabeth born 1976--now living More…in San Francisco, married with our first and only grandbaby. She is expecting number 2 in February 2012
Yes! Attending Reunion
Follow Up: Story of My Significant Relationships

I met my wife Linn on a blind date at Stanford in 1964 (that fact alone proves there is a God), and we married the day after she graduated in 1967. I put her through UCLA Law School and she put me through grad school after that. We lived in Palo Alto, Berkeley and for the past 35 years in Danville.

Interests, Accomplishments & Occupational Journey

I spent 5 years in heavy and highway construction before going back to get an MBA at Berkeley. After that I spent 35 years in the housing business--the last 10 developing affordable assisted living communities. While my kids were growing up I coached soccer at all levels and stayed in shape running. I ran a 10K at the age of 50 in under 40 minutes. Then my knee fell apart, and I took up gardening.

Been There and Done That: Remembrances, Life Lessons and Observations:

Assuming you have a plan, life never works out as planned. We used to tell my daughter the words of the sage Mick: "you can't always get what you want, but if try sometimes you just might find you get what you need."

School Memories, & Education Story:

It was all a blur: Vic's Ice Cream, yell leader, the Lion's Den, good grades, good teachers and great friends.
After McClathcy I spent 5 years at Stanford, lived only 6 weeks in SF just before the summer of love and went to work on a construction project in soCal. I came back to the Bay Area to go to school at UC Berkeley and never left.

Travel Experiences?

UK, Spain, Fance, Italy, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina. In May Linn and I, my brother Jim ('57) and his wife and my sister Judi ('62) were on a 15 person tour to China and Tibet: Beijing, Xi'an (the Terracotta warriors), Chengdu (pandas), Lhasa Tibet, Chongqing and on the rive Yangtze for 3 days ending up in Hong Kong. It was not a vaction because we were on the move all of the time. Linn said it was like law school: she wa gld she did, she learned a lot, but she would never do it again.

If I coulda, I shoulda -- What?: Any Regrets or Play-over wishes?

I should have kept in contact with more of the old schoolmates. However, working on the past 2 reunion committees has brought me back into contact. Now that we have the website, we should not be out of touch.

Bon Mots and Miscellaneous Thoughts. What you might not know is that:

I have become a lay biblical scholar. My pastor understands I knowmore about the Bible than he does. I teach biblical criticism. This fall I will lead a group on the prophets and the writings of Paul, a class on fundamentalism and another class on general topics that my biblically illiterate church should know. I think teaching runs in my family.

One final thought: if you don't check the box below on profile visibility, what you write here can be googled. When I googled my granddaughter, a reference showed up from her picture in my profile.

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I am saddened to read of the passings of Bob Saunders and Lindsay McDaniel. Those of who are reading this have made it to 80 and we are thankful for that, but now we are losing old friends and it reminds us how blessed we were to grow up in Sacramento. My wife likes to refer to our time as a "Leave it to Beaver" existence. 

Blesssings to you all.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Linn, the ol' geez and my sister Judi at the Great Wall