1925 ~ 2012
Jesse Neal Davis passed from this life in the afternoon of December 27, 2012, at the age of 87. No one who knew him will be surprised that he was out working, doing what needed to be done.
Jess was born in 1925 to Gertrude and Stephen Davis in Salt Lake City, and spoke of these "goodly parents", who immigrated from Britain to follow the LDS church. He was the youngest of five children. He valued education, and attended Forest School, Irving Jr. High, South High School and graduated from the University of Utah.
Jess volunteered in the conflict of World War II
, where he served in the Pacific 402nd Bombardment Squadron, 502nd Bombardment Group, of the 315th Bomb Wing. He was chosen to receive special training as a repairman for the remote control electrical/computer gun systems on the B-29 bomber, and was later stationed on Guam in the South Pacific.
After the war, he chose to serve his Heavenly Father through a mission to the Northern States mission, presided over by Creed Haymond, who had a strong influence for good on him through the rest of his life.
Shortly before his mission, he won the heart of his sweetheart, Audrey, and they were married upon his return, in the Salt Lake Temple in 1949. Their sixty-three year marriage was one of devotion and sweetness, worthy of the love stories of which his romantic soul was so fond. Together they raised four energetic sons, who all served missions and became good fathers like he was.
Jess spent the majority of his career with the US Labor Department as an investigator and eventually as Area Director. He remembered with satisfaction one instance where he wrote a ruling that was accepted into law by the US Supreme Court.
He served faithfully in his church, contributing in the youth and scouting organizations, as Bishop of Cottonwood 3rd Ward, and many other callings. He felt blessed for his life-long membership in the LDS church.
Jess served his local community through many years of volunteering both at the LDS Hospital and in the Bonneville Kiwanis club.
Throughout his life, Jess loved creating beautiful woodwork, which graced his home and his children's homes. He also loved camping, hiking, and enjoying music, books, and St. George.
He was eager for the success of his children and grandchildren. He actively encouraged education for all of his offspring, and loved to help them with all kinds of projects.
We will remember this tall silver-haired figure with his jaunty walk and expression, deep musical voice, infectious laughter, and merrily mischievous sense of humor. He left us a legacy of working hard and living a full and happy life. We will love and miss him always.
Jess is survived by his wife Audrey, his children: Stephen (Cathy), Greg (Kellie), Jon (Anna), Kirk (Alana); his grand children: Matthew (Holly), Libby, Chris (Pam), Josh (Dawn), Zaque (Amy), Laura (Dave), Jonathan (Lydia), Daniel, Michael, Jessica, Hayden, Hailey; and great-grand-children: Ashlyn, Savannah, Dutch, Dane, Xander, Brandon, Jacob, Hailey Marie.
The family would like to thank the medical personnel of the IHC Cardiac Rehab, Utah Heart Clinic, and Bryner Clinic who have kept him going these past twenty eight years. We are also grateful for the love and care given to Jess by Dr. Corwin Edwards and the other members of the 3rd Ward, and from his many friends.
A visitation will be held on Friday January 4th at 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3400 South Highland Drive Salt Lake City), and on Saturday January 5th at 10 A.M. at the Cottonwood 3rd Ward (6300 South 2300 East). The funeral services will begin Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at the Cottonwood 3rd Ward.