The Los Angeles County Fair Association is saddened by the death of longtime association member Donald R. DesCombes on May 23. He celebrated his 73rd birthday on May 7.
DesCombes, who joined the Los Angeles County Fair Association in 1970, became a director in 1980 and assumed the title of director emeritus in 2002.
DesCombes attended the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s annual meeting on April 28, where he was inducted into the 2005 LACFA’s Hall of Fame. He served on a number of Fairplex committees during his distinguished years on the board including finance, nominating, Blue Ribbon, Claremont community committee, and as the first chairman of the Fairplex Education Foundation, which was established in 1999.
DesCombes’ induction into the Hall of Fame was notably for his strong leadership and the philanthropic spirit that prevailed for his many years of association with the Fair and was felt throughout the Inland Empire. Community and civic involvement was extensive including chairman of the board of PFF Bank & Trust, board member of Inter-Valley Health Plan and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona Chamber of Commerce, Old Baldy Council-Boy Scouts of America and Pomona Jaycees. In 2003, Don and Betty DesCombes were LeRoy Haynes Center’s Humanitarians of the Year. The couple was also honored and commended for being in the Inland Valley’s top 5 percent of volunteers.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Robert and Beverly Lewis Cancer Care Center, 1910 Royalty Drive, Pomona, CA 91767, or to the charity of your choice. Services will be announced. rc=http://www