NEWPORT NEWS - Donald Keith Davis passed away March 16, 2013 after a brief illness. Keith was born in Kaysville, Utah on Dec. 12, 1925. He was the son of the printer and fireman, Sirl Davis. He grew up in the shadow of the the Wasatch mountain range in Ogden, Utah where he attended Davis High School in Kaysville graduating in 1943. In 1944 he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Corps, attending school in Minot, North Dakota. In World War II Keith served in the Pacific Fleet aboard the destroyer USS Hawkins, DD-873 as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Later from 1950 to 1954 he served during the Korean conflict. He studied using the GI bill at the University of Zurich in Switzerland under the auspices of the University of Maryland. Keith worked at Hill Air Force base in Utah as a job classifier for the Department of Defense. He was selected to work in the Civilian Personnel Office at Ch�teauroux Air Force Base, France where he met Anne Overby, whom he married. The family grew with 2 sons born in France and another born in Virginia. The family returned to Europe, moving to Munich, Germany where Keith worked as a personnel officer to support the U.S. Forces. He was selected for a personnel job in Kaiserslautern, Germany. A return to the United States placed him at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe,Virginia. The family moved to Karlsruhe, Germany, where he accepted a position with the Department of Defence Dependents Schools. They they moved to Madrid, Spain, where Keith worked at Torrejon Air Force base, coordinating personnel issues as chief of Personnel for the United States schools Overseas. Keith is remembered for his devotion to his family, optimism and his dry sense of humor. Keith is survived by his wife of 49 years Lelia Ann Davis and their 3 sons, Sirl, Sean and Seth and their wives and children. The family would like to thank the Riverside Cancer Care Center, his doctors and nurses and therapists as well as the Riverside Hospice. Please make contributions to the Riverside Cancer Care Center or to the
. Keith will be inurned in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 18, 2013