Donald K. Comstock

FULTON, NY – The Honorable Donald K. Comstock, passed away peacefully on Monday June 6, 2016, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Donald K. Comstock
Donald K. Comstock

Don was born in Fulton, in 1924, the son of Ray and Goldie (Walton) Comstock.

He graduated from Fulton High School in 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942, and served until 1945; receiving a Purple Heart Medal.

Upon discharge, he attended Syracuse University for three years before going on to Albany Law School, where he graduated in 1952.

He married Harriet Grant in 1952 and began his career with the Oswego County Welfare Department.

Don later opened a private law practice, became Fulton City Court Judge, and in 1969 was the first elected Oswego County Family Court Judge; retiring in 1988.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Harriet; their two daughters, Lisa (John) Minutoli and Carol (Jim Lalik); two grandchildren, Annmarie (Jimmy) Zimmerman and Michael (Erin) Reed.

He also leaves four great-grandchildren, Justin and Trevor Zimmerman and Sophia and Victoria Reed; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Kevin, in1995.

Calling hours will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., with a service to celebrate his life immediately following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be private.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful staff at Sage Court, McHarrie Pointe for their loving care of Don, as well as the staff at Crouse Hospital for their guidance and assistance during the two days preceding his passing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or McHarrie Foundation in Baldwinsville in Don’s name.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Judge comstalk thank you for placing me in a loving home and thank you for sighning adoption papers for my husband to adopt my child. Your choice to believe me and place me in a loving home changed me into who I am today. And I will b forever grateful. I told you this the day u signed adoption papers I just want your wife to know even many years since I was 12 1972 seems like yesterday as you your honor helped change my life my foster mom and dad did the rest gave me the love I deserved ty again
    Bert hall carpenter

  2. Just received news today from Ed W. You all know how special my Uncle Don was to me … he was the next best thing to Grandpa John. I have no way to contact except through Facebook. Please reach out … I want you all to know you have my love and prayers. I’m so grateful he had you all these past few years, and that you have had each other. Know how much he wants you to celebrate him … he was a helluva guy!!! Lori Joy

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