Originally Published: April 14, 2017 5:59 a.m.
Paul G. Comba made his transition on April 5, 2017, at the age of 91. He was born in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1926, where his father was working at the time.
At age 8, Paul moved to his family home in Italy, where he lived until he came to the United States to go to college. He was always interested in mathematics and continued his education at Cal-Tech where he received his Ph.D in Mathematics. He taught at the University of Hawaii for a number of years and then went to work for IBM in computers until his retirement in 1993.
At age 47, he married his first wife, Davida, and her three children, Adam, Mark and Amanda. He was a devoted husband and father. He loved the outdoors and took the children on many canoeing and hiking adventures.
After his retirement, he and Davida moved to Prescott, where Paul began his work as an amateur astronomer, discovering close to 800 asteroids. Davida passed away in 2001 and he later married Cappi Lang and her three children, Chris, Laura, and Victoria.
Besides being a mathematician and astronomer, Paul also played the harpsichord and did beautiful woodworking.
He will be truly missed by his wife, six children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, his niece, his surviving family in Italy and Britain and many friends.
He was truly a loving, honorable, devoted and brilliant man. Donations can be made to Compassion and Choice and Planned Parenthood.
Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes and Crematory of Prescott assisted the family with the arrangements.
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