Jeffrey John Davis, 66, of Chandler, Arizona, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Jeff was born on November 10, 1946 in Omaha Nebraska. He moved with his parents and sister to Winslow, Arizona where he was raised and attended middle school and graduated from Winslow High School in 1964. He then enlisted in the Army in 1966 where he was a Sergeant in the 101st "Screaming Eagles" Airborne Division and was awarded Purple Heart, Feb 3rd, 1968 for wounds received in action and a Bronze Star Medal on Nov. 5th 1968, for meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force. After completing his service in the Vietnam War he returned home to Arizona to pursue a Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University where he graduated in 1972. He enjoyed a long and successful career with Motorola and after retiring from there in 2001 he then went on to spend 10 years at the Salt River Project as Facilities Engineering Supervisor. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susie; daughter, Karen; sons, Jeffrey, James, Justin, John & Ian; sister, Charity Mulford and brother, Matt. He was preceded in death by his father, John Richard Davis and his mother Gladys Anderson Davis. Jeff was known for his kind and gentle spirit, uncompromising work ethic, tall good looks, humor and always happy nature. He was a man who touched the hearts and minds of all those who had the pleasure of knowing him personally and in business. He was tirelessly selfless and compassionate to all. He loved his wife like none other and many referred to them as Mr. & Mrs. America, and he was a loving and dedicated father. He loved life, the great outdoors and was an avid hunter and collector. Fearless and loving he made the most of every moment and challenged each of us to do the same in his quiet and non-judgmental way. In his later years he took up making custom hunting knives and usually had more orders than he could fill. His beautiful spirit will be missed by all that loved him. This world will have a lot less laughter, beauty and heart in it today with him not here. Our hearts will ache until we meet him again.
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Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, February 11, at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church Campus, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85286. Military Funeral Honors will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, February 12, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656, in Jeff's name. Funeral arrangements handled by A Legacy Funeral Home Chandler, Arizona. 480-963-6200
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 3, 2013