Ronald Raymond Davis

May 27, 1943 - November 11, 2020
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Ronald Raymond Davis, age, 77, passed away in Tucson, Arizona on November 11, 2020. He was born May 27, 1943 in Los Angeles, California to John Raymond Davis and Francis Fox Davis. He spent most of his childhood in Oregon and graduated from Parkrose Highschool in Portland, Oregon.

He learned his trade as a Carpenter early on from his father, and much of his childhood was spent at his father’s side learning and building. At the age of 14, Ron built his first house on his own. While moving around some, he landed in Casper, Wyoming working on a job site in the dead of winter. He and his crew decided it would be a good idea to take a Fire Engine for a ride. You can draw your own conclusions as to how that ended up. He became a Journeyman Carpenter early on and eventually moved to Seattle, Washington where he became a Commercial Construction Superintendent. He was responsible for leading the team who built St Clair Hospital in Tacoma and the YMCA in Lakewood to name a few.

Once Ron retired, he continued his love of carpentry and was always working on one project or another. Whether it be in his home or the homes of his friends and family, he loved this work. This passion of his brought him tremendous pride because he could see the work he left behind. Many of you will forever have a piece of him in your hearts and homes. Ron also took great pride in the fact that his two sons, Shelton and Ted followed in his footsteps and continue in his trade.

Ron loved to travel with his wife Jill, and they were fortunate enough to travel to 43 states in the US, and many countries in Europe and Great Britain. They traveled by car, motorhome, and cruise ship; they have been on 16 cruises together. He was also a huge fan of NASCAR and Major League Baseball. Most of all, Ron loved his kids and took pride in their successes. It was most important to him that they were happy.

Ron is survived by his wife Jill Davis, his daughter Michelle Morell (Rudy), his son Shelton Davis (David), his daughter Susan Davis, his son Ted Davis, his step daughter Shannon Wolsky (Mike), his grandkids Morgan Tidwell, Derek Davis, Kaetlen Davis, Shilene Davis, his brothers Ritch Davis (Pat), Randy Davis, and his sister Raeleen Butcher (Rich).

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Born: May 27, 1943
Died: November 11, 2020

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Jill Davis posted on 11/29/20

Love you forever♥️


Morgan Tidwell posted on 11/23/20

Grandpa Ron was such a wonderful person to have as grandpa. My favorite memories include spending time at my grandparent’s house on Fox Island and traveling in their motor-home. He will forever be missed.


Sandy and Jim Richardson posted on 11/19/20

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Sandy and Jim Richardson posted on 11/19/20

Jill, It was a joy to share moments of life with Ron and you. Our visit with you both in Bend, and at Anaheim when Ron and you RVed to SoCal. Ron always had the presents of a tower of strength and gentleness. This is how we will remember him.


Michele Morell posted on 11/18/20

So many memories, so many stories. However, the one that always brings a smile is Dad's snake phobia. He said he wasn't afraid of them but didn't like it when they would sneak up on him. Once in Ashland, Oregon, we went to the Natural History Museum and as luck would have it, it was snake day! Dad was at the back of the crowd as the snake handlers removed the snakes from the cages one at a time to show the crowd. He nearly jumped out of his skin when I gently touched the back of his neck. Then there was the time I made a 3' sand filled snake and coiled it in between his bed sheets. From the other room I heard a yell and then some profanity, followed by a threat to disown me. I stopped after that because I didn't want to cause a heart attack. He forgave me. I loved watching him interact with Morgan, such special times. His love for her was evident how patient and attentive he was to her. Dad, you will be missed but I will carry you always in my heart. Love Michele


JUDY GAREIS posted on 11/17/20

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, a part of us went with you, the day God called you home. The Lord be with you and may you rest in peace.


Joan Cichon posted on 11/17/20

Jill... I just heard of your loss from Denise. I'm so sorry. I'm delighted to know that you had such a wonderful life together, traveling and sharing adventures. May those memories bring you peace and many fond moments. ?


Alice Jelinek posted on 11/17/20

So sorry, Jill and Shelton.


AUDREY CHADWICK posted on 11/17/20

Ron was a nice man, father and ex-husband.


Clarence Slone posted on 11/17/20

Rest in peace Ron!❤ All who knew Ron share your sorrow. Our deepest sympathy. Clarence and Mary Slone


Bob and Mary Ann Wolsky posted on 11/16/20

Our heart breaks for you Jill and family. Ron was a great man and did a wonderful job raising Shannon. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.


JoAnn R Coble posted on 11/16/20

You have left a wonderful legacy, your family will indeed miss you and cherish the memories of times shared. I have very happy memories of you when Shannon was doing gymnastics and all of us rooting the 2 Shannon's on in competition. Such fun memories - thank you.