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Franklin D. Davidson 1933 - 2013

Franklin D. Davidson

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April 11, 2013
I want to give glory to God for Mr. Davidson. He was a valuable mentor to me at a crucial time in my youth and therefore I believe that there hasn't been another person who has impacted my life the way he has. He gave me his time and he gave me his heart. I talk about him and the wisdom he shared often in my teaching and in my conversations.

There were two things that allowed me to have special moments with this great man. For one, he would pick me up on Wednesday nights for Prayer Meeting. The second is we would travel back and forth to Phoenix for district church meetings. It was on road trips like these, and sometimes sitting in the car outside my house when getting dropped off, that I would glean from his insights and he would answer my questions.

He was a scientist, who would literally blow my mind with thoughts of the possibility of a seven day creation. He was deeply concerned about how the Bible was increasingly being disregarded in our society and how theories of science were being taught as facts.

He was a true patriot. Unlike my upbringing, he didn't want handouts from his government, nor bigger government, but only the opportunity to use the freedoms afforded him by his ancestors to become everything he could be and do all he could do. He gave and gave and gave to his family, to his church, to those who knew him and to our nation. He was driven by his eternal purpose.

But he was also a quiet man would didn't need to always be heard, but had so much to offer to anyone who would listen.

He was a practical man. When I asked him one day why he quit driving his MG-TD he told me it needed brakes and he didn't have time to get to it. My family would have just taken it to the shop; not Mr. Davidson. And, the only time I remember Mr. Davidson getting angry at me was the time he caught me on the church roof. He worked hard to put that roof on, and I'm sure used his own money, and he didn't need me “tearing it up”.

He was a fun man. I'll never forget his ability to laugh; I still hear it today and it gives me peace. When Pete put together a gut bucket (Sorry. You'll have to look it up) it became Mr. Davidson's instrument of choice for our Folk Sings.

He was an intentional man. When I quit college to pursue studying ministry, both Mr. and Mrs. Davidson challenged me to learn a trade. “It would be something I could always use.” Because of that I became an electrician and within three years I had the money I needed to pursue my calling.

Not everyone has someone in their life who has been a mentor to them the way Mr. Davidson was to me. Though our time together was short, he was truly a gift of God to me. And for that I am eternally grateful.
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