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Thomas D. Davis – Obituary

Thomas D. Davis, 78, died June 7, 2009, after a battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church at Felton, Calif. There will be a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Church. Visitations will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Church. Private inurnment will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz, Calif.

He was born at Boise to Joe and Mary Davis. His siblings were Patrick Davis, Ellen Badley, and Beatrice Plant. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He graduated from Oregon State University at Corvallis in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

After graduating, he moved to Salt Lake City. He worked for Sperry, Utah, before moving to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1961. He worked for Lockheed for 31 years.

Tom had been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1956 and held office in the Santa Cruz Council, No. 971, Fourth Degree Padre Palou Assembly, and Junipero Serra Chapter.

After retiring from Lockheed in 1992 he started working with Habitat for Humanity and was elected to the local board of directors in 1994.

Tom was appointed to the Santa Cruz County Seniors Commission by Supervisor Mark Stone and served two terms.

Other activities that Tom enjoyed were traveling, reading science fiction and visiting with family.

Survivors include his wife, Peg, of 52 years; three children, Don, Resa and Gary; and five grandsons, Adam, Ryan, Nicholas, Dakota, and Charlie.

Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 10, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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