William G. Davis (Bill), 73, passed from this life on March 11, 2014. He was born in Cleveland, TN on Aug. 30, 1940 to parents James G. and Marcella Davis. Bill graduated in 1958 from Tyner H.S. in Chattanooga and then from the University of Chattanooga in 1962. Upon graduation, he became one of the first employees of the Johnson Space Center (NASA) in Houston, TX and worked there as an aerospace engineer. He developed many experiments that were utilized on the Apollo space missions and in the Space Lab. After 35 years, Bill retired from NASA earning the prestigious "Exceptional Service Medal Award," one that is usually reserved for astronauts. He also received the "Life Sciences Flight Experiments Program Award" for his contributions.
In 1977, Bill and Maxine Malone were married and lived in Kemah, Texas until 1996, when they retired. Soon after, they moved to Buena Vista, CO, making their home in Game Trail, where Bill served as a member of the Architectural Control Committee. Bill loved the beauty of Colorado and enjoyed hiking, skiing, and walking the local trails.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James G. and Marcella Davis. He is survived by his wife, Maxine M. Davis, daughters Karen Davis and Lorie Shelley (Steven), stepdaughter Carrie Duffy (Jeff), brothers Mickey Davis and David Davis (Chattanooga, TN) and grandchildren Kayla and Reed Shelley.
A private cremation was held and his ashes will be scattered on the Colorado mountains. A memorial service will be held in the fall to celebrate Bill's life. Memorial contributions honoring Bill may be made in his name to the
Arrangements by Runyan Mortuary providing online condolences at RunyanMortuary.com.
He was loved by many and lived a life of service to his family, friends, and community.