Surrounded by his family, Daryl M. Davis, 81, passed away comfortably on Sunday Sept.19, in Salem.
Daryl was born at home in Salem to Pauline Helen Davis and Melbern Alvin Davis on September 4, 1929. He grew up on Hall St. along with his older brother, Gerald M. Davis and younger brother, Delbert P. Davis.
He attended North Salem High School where he played the saxophone in the high school band. He enrolled at OSU, and then transferred to U of O where he graduated in Business Administration. Daryl joined the Acacia Fraternity where he met many life long friends and fishing buddies. He met the love of his life, Lori Lee Tiger on a hay ride. They married soon thereafter, on January 10, 1952.
Daryl later entered the service as a U.S. Air Force officer. While in the service, Daryl and Lori were stationed in many locations. Daryl was a Captain in the USAF Strategic Air Command; he flew all over the world as a navigator of a Fairchild C119. Daryl and Lori’s three daughters were born when they were stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota, at Ellsworth AFB (Pam), Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, at Westover AFB (Debby), and Larson AFB Moses Lake, Washington (Darla). Daryl was honorably discharged in February 1959.
The family moved back to Salem where Daryl joined the family business, Davis Oil Company, later to become Davis Auto Parts. Daryl grew up fishing and bird hunting with his dad and brothers through out Oregon. The consummate family man, Daryl took everyone on annual family camping vacations to Wickiup Reservoir where many fond memories with dad’s fraternity brothers and their families were made. Daryl gave up fishing for Lori as they both became avid horse racing fans. For many years they occupied a table at the Portland Meadows Race Track Turf Club. Daryl loved to ‘handicap’ a racing form, and he was good at it. They traveled around Oregon and Washington to all the pari-mutuel venues, enjoying the sport and the other fans, and actively discussing jockey standings, track variances and the winning trifecta combination. Aunt Betty once described dad ‘When Daryl purchased his marriage license he thought he was betting on a winner and he did’.
Daryl loved to dance and sing and whistle a tune in harmony, and he regularly woke the family with an Irish Ballad ‘Oh, it’s nice to get up in the morning when the sun begins to shine’ He had a knack for making up catchy nicknames for others, many names which have ‘stuck’ for life. He could ballroom dance like no other, and loved dancing with Lori, his three daughters and Lori’s sisters. He made up the ‘Stayton Stomp’ dance as all remember so well. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club. And, he remained ever faithful and adoring to his number one girl his ‘98 pound bride’. In his adult years, Daryl traveled widely, enjoying trips to Mexico, Monaco, French Riviera, Fiji Islands, Caribbean Cruise, Switzerland, Canada, Puerto Rico and Italy. But, Daryl was a ‘homebody’ at heart, and his favorite place was a home with his wife of 58 years by his side watching the birds in the forest behind their home or watching his weekly Nascar Race (which always included many side bets!). Daryl was good natured and kind, a man of grace. He had a great sense of humor and was loved by all who knew him. “Daryl, Dad, Grandpa, we love you and we will miss you.” Daryl Davis is survived by wife, Lori of Salem; daughter, Pam Davis of Portland; daughter, Debby (Tim) Deering of Lake Oswego; daughter, Darla (John) Jones of Billings, Montana; brother, Delbert (Patsy) Davis of Salem; grandchildren, Brandon (Janie) McAllister of Lake Oswego, Sean Jones of Bozeman, Montana, Nathan Jones of Fort Collins, Colorado, Bret and Jenny Deering of Portland, and last but not least, his great granddaughter and everyone’s happiness, Isla Lee McAllister of Lake Oswego.
A celebration of Daryl’s life will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27 at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, 7265 SW Hazelfern Rd. in Tigard.
. Donations in memory of Daryl Davis can be made to the Willamette Valley Humane Society, Center 50+, or the charity of your choice.