Dr. Gregory Scott Combs, passed away peacefully on January 18th, at age 44, after a 21-month fight with glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. Greg was surrounded by the love of his wife, children and parents-in-law.
Greg was born on February 6th, 1973, and although born in Clovis, New Mexico, he considered himself a Texan from birth. Greg grew up in Muleshoe, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his wife, Lorin, while a DJ at the UT campus radio station, KTSB. Greg transferred to the University of Texas at Dallas, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science. Greg went on to earn a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Political Science. After serving several years as a professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University, Greg joined Oracle Corporation as a Senior Principal Applications Engineer.
Greg’s life-long interests included Texas Longhorn football, woodworking, playing the guitar, restoring his ’65 Ford F100 pick-up “Old Blue”, drinking Texas beer, listening to Texas music, such as Adam Carroll, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Robert Earl Keene, and, of course, eating Franklin BBQ. Greg is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lorin; his two children, Sofie and Landrum; his beloved in-laws, Larry and Denise Williams; sister-in-law, Madeleine Williams; his parents, Larry and Berta Combs, and brothers, Jeremy and Jeff Combs.
Donations in memory of Greg can be made to Team Mastodon for the Head for the Cure Central Texas, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for brain cancer research, of which a portion is given to researchers in Central Texas. Greg’s loving wife, Lorin, will be participating in Head for the Cure 5K – Central Texas in honor of Greg. View Team Mastodon’s page. (http://events.headforthecure.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=9860&pg=team&fr_id=1502).
The family would like to recognize the exceptional care of Dr. Morris Groves, Dr. James Waldron and Rachel Smith, PA.