William Garth Davis|
William Garth Davis, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on March 21, 2014. William (Bill) was born August 20, 1929 in Ruth, Nevada. He was the fourth of eight children to William Leonard Davis and Laura Lavern Scott Davis. He married Gayle Hendricks on August 25, 1961, and they raised a family of five children.
Bill served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He received a Korean Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for distinguished service. After his honorable release, he served an LDS mission in the Northwestern States Mission. He then attended BYU and studied Computer Science and Accounting. Bill worked as a Systems Analyst and Computer Programmer for Provo City, where he received the Outstanding City Employee Award in 1969. Following retirement, he worked as a computer consultant for several businesses, but his favorite job was at Primary Children's Medical Center in hospitality, taking food to families in need and bringing smiles to children who were suffering.
Bill was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout his life, he served as a counselor and clerk in six bishoprics, as a Sunday school teacher, an Employment Specialist, and most recently as a member of the Sunday school presidency. He and his wife, Gayle, also served as stake missionaries in Idaho, as Inner-City missionaries in Salt Lake City, and they also served full-time missions in Des Moines, Iowa, and Barcelona, Spain.
Bill was an avid golfer and a fan of Perry Mason. He loved the outdoors and it was said he could "catch fish where there weren't any." Growing up, he played the harmonica and the clarinet in a family band in Greenville, Utah, but his greatest joy came from his family. Bill was a gifted communicator and had a talent for making people feel special and loved. His eagerness to communicate translated to his love for language. He was fluent in Japanese, conversant in Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Spanish, and he could read Russian texts. He also had a tremendous sense of humor. Even as he was struggling with his health in medical facilities, Bill would lighten the moments with jokes and stories, making new buddies among the nurses and staff; they would light up and smile whenever they came in his room. His ability to make other people feel good, even as he was losing so much else in the hospital, was a testament to his courage, strength and selflessness. Special thanks to the medical teams at the University of Utah and at Country Life Care Center for all their work and dedication.
Bill is preceded in death by both his parents, his sister Merle, his brother Virgil, and his daughter, Susan. He is survived by his wife, Gayle; his brothers and sisters, Idonna, Karma, Beth, Thelda (Teddy) and Scott; his children, Patricia, Annette, Carole and William; and his grandchildren, Rachel, Amber, Emma, Sarah, Natalie, Alexis, Jon-Michael and Sophia.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, March 25 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple Street. Another viewing, followed by services, will be held Wednesday, March 26 from 11:30am to 2:00pm at the LDS Meetinghouse on Main Street in Greenville, Utah. Interment will be at the Greenville Cemetery.
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 23, 2014