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Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
Jim Boyd Davis, 75, of Prairie City, a former longtime Ironside resident, died May 15, 2005, at his home.
A memorial service will be planned later.
Jim was born on May 21, 1929, at Forestville, Calif., to Sid and Louise Proshold Davis. He had one older sister, Helen.
He grew up working in the orchards of Napa Valley in California. In 1946, the family bought a ranch and moved to Sisters. Jim joined the army in 1951 and completed boot camp at Fort Lewis, Wash. He served as a corporal in Hamburg, Germany.
He met Harland Jones in boot camp and they served most of their time in the Army together. Jim became pen pals with Harland’s sister, Loretta Jones of John Day. They were married in 1953.
Jim worked in logging and ranching and lived at Powell Butte, Spray, and Canyon City before moving to Ironside in 1958, where they lived for 32 years. After retiring from logging due to injuries and arthritis, Jim and Loretta lived in Summerville, Baker City, Mount Vernon, and recently moved to Prairie City. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, and his dogs.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Loretta; a son, Dan Davis, and his wife, Connie, of Hereford; a daughter, Debbie Tinch, and her husband, Buddy, of John Day; six grandchildren and their families, Jim and Kim Davis of Prairie City, Ron and Joey Perry of California and their mother, Charlotte Davis, of Austin, Joseph Davis and his mother, Heather Vaughn of Durkee, Amanda Smith of John Day, Gabe and Chassidy Smith of Weiser, Idaho, and Jake Smith of Hereford; 10 great-grandchildren; special cousins, the Nestle and Ray Davis Sr. family of Monument; sister-in-law, Florence Jones of Prineville, and her family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of Jim’s grandson, Joseph, through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR, 97845.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 23, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor