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Davis, Al M. – Obituary

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Al M. Davis, 97, of Bend, a former Baker City resident, died June 4, 2001 at Bend.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend. The Mass will be con-celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, emeritus, and Bishop Robert Francis Vasa. Recitation of the rosary will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Niswonger, Reynolds and Taber Chapel, 105 N.W. Irving in Bend.

Mr. Davis was born July 12, 1903, at Boise. He married Rhoda Ann Decker on Sept. 7, 1928, at Ontario. Together the couple raised eight girls and seven boys.

The couple lived in and around Boise and Idaho City for the first years of their marriage.

Mr. Davis worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Highway Department. In 1940 they moved to Tacoma, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards during World War II. In 1945 they moved to Baker City, where he worked as a carpenter and millwright for the Burnt River Lumber Co., from which he retired in 1970. In 1987 the family moved to Bend.

Mr. Davis loved mining and was an avid rock hound. He especially enjoyed creating clocks and jewelry from the rocks he collected. He gave these to family and friends as gifts. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying material of historical or scientific content. He is the author of a book of poems titled “The Place Where the Glacier Spat.”

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Rhoda Ann of Bend; sons, Patrick Michael of Florence, Dennis James of Las Vegas, Thomas Joseph of Bend, and David Martin of Toledo; daughters, Mary Ann Davis of Bend, Carolyn Ciula of Fresno, Calif., Barbara Walker and Sharon Davis, both of Florence, Kathy Mason and Mary Elizabeth Davis, both of Eugene, and Therese Davis of Antioch, Calif.; a brother, Arthur, of Boise; sisters, Mary Holst of Lander, Wyo., and Pauline West and Frances Vincen, both of Boise; 30 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, John Raymond of Eugene, Robert Francis of Tacoma, and Paul Andrew of Baker City; a daughter, Helen Agnes of Bend; and two brothers, Joseph of Baker City and Patrick of Boise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diocese of Baker, 911 S.E. Armour Road, Bend, Ore. 97702.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 8, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor


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