Davis, Fred Lynn|
Gy Sgt. Fred Lynn Davis, USMC retired, a long time resident of Costa Mesa, passed away on December 30, 2012 following a 3 year battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).
Fred was born on Aug. 2, 1930 to Fred X. Davis and Jessie B. Davis in Mooresboro, NC. He was proud of the fact that he grew up on a farm as a member of a large family.
He graduated from Cliffside NC High School where he played baseball and basketball. He also was a star player in American Legion Baseball and remained a life time enthusiast of the sport.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and served 20 years active duty, serving in Parris Island (SC), Camp Legeune (NC), Miami, Panama, Chicago (recruiting duty), journalism school, Hollywood (CA), Vietnam, Camp Pendleton and El Toro. He served in the Marine Infantry the first year, then attended journalism school and became a military journalist, In Hollywood he served as Marine Corps liaison with Desilu Productions in the production of the "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." TV show. He served as a combat correspondent in Vietnam and served twice as an editor of the base newspaper at El Toro, CA.
After retiring from the Marines, Fred went into newspaper work. He was news editor of the Newport Ensign, editor of The Newsporter, and editor of the Costa Mesa News. He and his wife Rita founded their own newspaper, The Bear Valley Springs Club, in Bear Valley Springs (near Tahchapi) in 1982. They sold the newspaper in 1999. He also edited the local city newsletter and was editor of The Grassroots, which is the official publication of the California Congress of Republicans (a volunteer group). He also wrote a sports column and a political column for the Mountain Signal newspaper in Tehachapi. He and Rita always spent summers at their Bear Valley Springs home.
Fred was a member of: Marine Combat Correspondents Assoc., Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, California Congress of Republicans (2 term state pres.), Exchange Club of Newport Harbor, St. Louis Browns Fan Club, Central Committee, California Republican Party. His hobbies were: baseball, travel, crossword puzzles, politics, reading, history and stamp collecting.
Fred is survived by his wife of 37+ years, Rita Boeche Davis; daughters, Jessica Joan Davis and Deanna Lynn Rice; sons, Fred Louis Davis and Richard Alden Davis; step-sons, Kenneth Michael Mc Nabb and Gary Gene Mc Nabb; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is also survived by brothers, Frankie Gene Davis of Moreno Valley, CA, Mack Lee Davis and Thomas Jeff Davis both of Gaffney, SC; sisters, Nancy Davis Reynolds of Concord, NC; half brothers, Hoyle Travis Davis and Russell Sparks Davis both of Shelby, NC and Harold Kenneth Davis of Greenville, SC. He was predeceased by a half sister, Marian Davis Packard and half brother, Leonard Lee Davis.
A memorial service honoring his remarkable life will be held at the National Military Cemetery in Riverside, CA on Tuesday, January 8, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
Online condolences may be left at www.harborlawn.com
Donations may be made to The Children's Hospital of Orange County Foundation, 455 South main Street, Orange, cA 92868.
Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 5, 2013