January 16, 1925 - September 6, 2013
Hendryx Eugene Davis, Jr. passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013, in Rancho Mirage, California, due to pneumonia. Gene, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 16, 1925. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Gene attended USC and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in International Affairs. Gene began as a public servant in the early 1950s, working for the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. In 1958, he was employed by Los Angeles County to provide staff support to the Civil Service Commission. Taking a leave of absence in 1961 to assist the USC School of Public Administration in Pakistan, Gene returned to the County in 1963. He was appointed Director of Purchasing and Stores for the County of Los Angeles in 1970, a position he held until retiring in 1989.
Gene is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Sandy Davis; three children, Cassandra Davis-Cheyney (husband Tom Cheyney) of Los Angeles, Leslie Davis of Irvine, and Rick Davis of Cayucos; three granddaughters, Hilary (Davis) Key, Alexandra Davis, and Brenna Cheyney; one great-granddaughter, Madison Key; one step-sister; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; four nieces; six nephews; and countless friends.
Family and friends will celebrate his life at Rose Hills Memorial Park on September 17, 2013. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley or The Humane Society of the Desert-Orphan Pet Oasis.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013