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Michael M.M. Davis

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Michael M.M. Davis Retired Captain Michael M.M. Davis was welcomed with open arms to a place of eternal peace on November 19th, 2012 as he departed from the calm of his home in Driftwood, TX. He finds solace watching from above after a long, challenging, and beautiful journey. Mike was preceded in death by his mother Evangeline Leialoha Davis, and grandparents. Mike is survived by his wife Mary Anne Castles Davis, children Melissa & Stephanie Davis and Rylee & Caden Holder, parents Michael Davis Sr. & wife Lisa Davis, mother and father in law Mary Lou & Terry Seymour, his siblings Robert & Lee Davis, Nicole Fagerberg & James Conradt and Olivia & Isai Chacon, and many special friends. Mike was born July 19, 1961, and spent his youth in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from A&M University with a degree in Business Administration. Mike could be spotted from a mile away wearing big gold ring and a maroon shirt. At A&M he was a member of the Corp of Cadets where he met some of his lifelong buddies. Upon graduation, he entered the army as an officer of the 82nd Air Borne division. Those who knew Mike have described him as "one tough cookie." It was in 1994 that Mike was injured in a military training exercise leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Yet his athletic nature and optimistic outlook wouldn't let him settle for mediocrity. He continued to live life to the highest purpose as he always had, and surpass his physical goals by even completing and winning the Austin Marathon several years in a row. Mike loved being outdoors and was always prepared to embark on the next adventure. This man approached life with bright eyes and an open heart; an outlook that carries through to his children and the many individuals he has touched with his being. He had the chance to watch his two oldest daughters graduate from college and truly impressed upon them how to be strong women in such an uncertain world. In the last seven years of his time here, Mike found a deepest love with Mary Anne Castles, and was quietly wed in 2010. Together, they built a beautiful home in the hill country equipping the place with enough love and laughter to carry through the ages. Simply stated, Mike was solid through and through. He embodied all of those traits that we didn't quite have firmly in our grasp -- perseverance, strength, self-confidence, pride, will power, courage, and even just a smile when the world seemed to be collapsing all around. He personified the motto, "Rangers lead the way!" When Mike suffered an even more devastating setback on June 24th, 2011, he exposed his mortality to those who knew him, and in so doing, reminded us of how fragile we really are. Iron Mike fought a long, hard fight against the odds -- he always seemed to be doing that. We wonder why he was singled out to endure this great struggle for so long when, in the end, he could no longer find it in his body to fight back. The answer is quite clear -- God needed a good Ranger up there. Well, he got one -- and then some. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Upper Room of the Worship Center of First Evangelical Free Church, 4220 Monterrey Oaks Boulevard, with a reception to follow at the family home in Driftwood. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation.


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, 2012
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