Obituary: Floyd Comstock |

Obituary: Floyd Comstock

Memorial services for Floyd B. Comstock of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. March 16 at the First Congregational Church, 710 Auburn Ravine Road, in Auburn.

Mr. Comstock died Friday, March 1, in Grass Valley. He was 100.

He was born in Chico to Alverd and Sarah Comstock. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925 and was the 97th architect to receive a license from California. He was the senior member of William W. Wurster’s architectural office in San Francisco from 1929 to 1942, working on such projects as the original Sugar Bowl ski lodge. During World War II, he directed the Alameda Housing Authority.

He opened his own office in Walnut Creek in 1947, designing homes, schools, churches and public buildings. In 1969, he retired and studied watercolor painting with Jade Fon. For 30 years he painted and sketched in California, Europe, Mexico, South America, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. Despite near-blindness, he continued painting after his 100th birthday.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Esther of Grass Valley; son, David of Grass Valley; daughters Marilyn Tilford of Grass Valley and Janice Lassagne of Napa; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

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