Oct 24, 1944 - Dec 1, 2021
Katherine (Kay) was for many years a director and office manager of Corbin Manufacturing & Supply, Inc., and a mother of two daughters and a son who live in the Rogue Valley. She and her husband Dave also raised Scottish Terriers as AKC registered breeders, had various resisidential real state rental properties and other businesses including an Oregon Payroll program and a gun grip making business.
Katherine was born in Holyoke, MA, but grew up in Butte, Montana. She attended the Montana School of Mines engineering college, and later moved to Medford, OR, and got her BS in History from Southern Oregon College. She married Dave Corbin in 1979, at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and became an officer and director in Corbin Manufacturing & Supply, Inc., which was established in April 1976 from the expansion of D.R. Corbin Mfg., previously founded in North Bend, Oregon.
Katherine managed girl's softball teams for several years, often those sponsored by Corbin Mfg, and in 1984 took a team to the National Playoffs. Her favorite professional baseball team was the Atlanta Braves. She lived long enough to see them win the World Series, as she predicted they would, in 2021 just shortly before her death from Covid complications. She is survived by her husband Dave, her daughters Cynthia and Mary Elizabeth, and her son Christopher, as well as her brother James, three grandchildren and a great grandson. Links to her obituary and eulogies follow:
Obituary - Medford Mail Tribune
Eulogy - Dave Corbin
Letter to my Mother - Cynthia Stroh
Katherine and Dave Corbin normally started the new year with a trip to Las Vegas to attend the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show ("SHOT Show"). Katherine would play Blackjack, Dave would talk with suppliers and clients. They would usually trade condo suites through RCI for a place at one of the hotels or time shares and stay 10 to 14 days, taking in some shows and making side trips to visit other locations, suppliers and clients in the area. For decades, this was one of their traditions and a good source of new contacts for the business. They seldom missed the State of the Industry Dinner meeting hosted by the NSSF and enjoyed meeting other business leaders from across the nation and around the world.