Don A. Comer
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Don A. Comer
  • February 19, 1927 - May 30, 2017
  • Rockville, Maryland

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Don Ashworth Comer



February 19, 1927 — May 30, 2017



Don Ashworth Comer was born on February 19, 1927 in Washington, DC. He was the eldest of two sons born to Hobart Moore Comer and Rana Southwick Gibbs. He attended grade school in Washington, DC and then graduated from Montgomery Blair High School after his family moved to Sutherland Road in Silver Spring, MD. He lost his father in 1939 and his mother in 1946. He enlisted in the Marine Corps when he turned 18 in February 1945 during World War II. After his discharge from the Marines at the end of the war, he enrolled in Montgomery College, Takoma Park in 1947 before transferring to the University of Maryland where he received his bachelor’s and later his master’s degree.



He met his wife, Virginia Anne Caplinger while working at Bradley Elementary School in Bethesda, MD where Virginia was teaching 3rd grade. They were married on August 26, 1950 by Virginia’s father the Rev. E. B. Caplinger. Virginia died January 29, 2015. They had two children, one son, the late Stephen Samuel Comer (1952-2013) and one daughter Rebecca Anne (husband Richard F. Lewis) and two grandchildren, Rachel Kathleen Lewis (husband Eric Dengler) and Thomas Comer Lewis and one great-grandson Caleb Robert Dengler. His younger brother, Richard Reid Comer, died in 2005.



Don taught at Takoma Park Jr. High School before going to Montgomery College where he taught and coached beginning in 1957. He was chairman of the Physical Education Department for 14 years when he retired in 1985. He earned the rank of Professor Emeritus in February 1986. During his time at Montgomery College, he coached 7 different sports, including baseball (his favorite), football, basketball, tennis and golf. He was inducted into the Montgomery College Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 as a player (having participated there as a student, & winning the 160 lb. boxing championship in 1949) and as a coach. His baseball teams (1959 – 1962) won conference championships and one regional championship in Grand Junction, Colorado. Other conference championship teams were basketball in 1961 and golf in 1966. Don also won the coaches’ golf tournament that year in Florida.



He played minor league baseball for a short time with a farm team of the New York Yankees. Though cut from the team he never lost his love of the game and was a loyal fan of the Washington Senators and later the Washington Nationals.



He was for many years a member of Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring having joined in 1951, before transferring to Faith Presbyterian Church in Olney, MD as a charter member.



I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7 & 8