Dr. Kenneth Max Comer, DDS, 65, of Amarillo, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021 while holding his wife and son’s hands. His Celebration of Life Services will be held on his 66th birthday at 2:00 PM Friday, October 1, 2021, at Hillside Christian Church, 6100 S. Soncy, with Bob Attaway Hillside Groups Pastor and Joe Kirkwood of Cornerstone Outreach officiating. Come and go public viewing will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021, between 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
Ken was born October 1, 1955, in Perryton, Texas to Max and Marolyn Comer. He graduated early from Tascosa High School in 1972 and earned his bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University. He married Terri Riley on August 19, 1977. They were married 36 years and raised three sons together. It was while working outside on a frigid winter day as a plumber that Ken decided to pursue another dream. Ken was accepted into dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1985. He practiced dentistry for 30 years in Amarillo, retiring in 2015 only because of back problems caused by years of working on patients. He thought of his employees as an extension of his family and loved them and his patients with his whole heart. He was known for the beautiful smiles he created, his jovial nature, his near-constant singing, and his servant’s heart. It was common for him to meet patients and strangers alike at his office during all hours of the day and night to get them out of pain, or to fix a problem tooth, but more than that, he told everyone about the love of Jesus. Ken used his God-given talents to provide countless free dental work to those who could not afford it. He traveled to Jamaica on a mission trip, providing free dental care to the most vulnerable. He was a past president of the Panhandle District Dental Society, a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, completed C1-C5 at the Pankey Institute, and trained at the Dawson Academy and completed the Dale Carnegie Professional Development Course.
Despite all his titles and professional accomplishments, his most treasured title was “Dad” and later, “Poppy” (or poo-poo and pee-pee during the toddler years, much to Ken’s delight). He was a man who truly worked to live and provide for his family. He arranged the whole office’s schedule to be at his son’s games, pep rallies, and all of their events. He was Amarillo High School’s Booster Club President when his boys were there, and many former students still tell the story of Ken riding a motorcycle in the AHS gym while dressed as Elvis at a pep rally.
Ken was a passionate man. He loved music and Elvis, specifically even going so far as to impersonate him at parties and competitions. He was an amazing singer and was in a group called the High Top Sneakers in his early years with his older brother, Rex, and some other friends. He was also in multiple church choirs throughout his adult life. He loved changing the words to popular songs to make people laugh, another passion of his. Ken had too many friends to count and loved spending time with them over coffee or at any men’s life group he could join. He valued the work he did with the Kairos Prison Ministry and said it changed his life for the better. He never met a stranger and was fearless in sharing the Gospel of Jesus with anyone and everyone. He was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and attended several games at Lambough Field. He loved his sons and never missed an opportunity to tell them how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. His grandkids were so special to him, and he would talk your ear off about what they were up to. He loved to shower them in candy and other frustrating gifts like megapacks of slime.
In 2015, God brought Sandy Hiller into Ken’s life. They were married on January 1, 2017, in Amarillo. Despite his numerous health problems, Sandy and Ken were in love and happy at their home, hanging out with family, and attending church together. He adored his best friend and lap dog, Maple, and loved hanging out with his buddy, Dale. Ken was an avid fisherman and spent any free time at his favorite fishing hole and had hoped to take his granddaughters fishing with all new fishing gear.
Above all, Ken loved Jesus. He wanted everyone to know what Jesus had done for him and how Jesus saves. His greatest wish was that he could lead as many people to know Jesus as possible with his time on Earth. As heartbroken as we are, we know he got his ultimate reward and is now pain-free and reunited with his savior and his parents and grandparents who he all adored.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Hiller Comer; his brother, Rex Comer and wife Susan of Pinehurst, TX; his three sons, Michael Shea Comer and wife Amanda of Allen, TX, Landon Scott Comer and wife Brennan of Amarillo, and Ryan Sean Comer of Dallas; his first wife, Terri Comer Dean and husband Kenny Dean, and his beloved grandchildren Chance, Kyelie, Presley, Kadyn, and Brooklyn.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the Kairos Prison Ministry, at www.kairosprisonministry.org.
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