Duke J Davis (1944 - 2012)

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  • "Lorraine, our thoughts and prayers are with you , you will..."
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Duke J Davis died peacefully at his home in Yuma, Arizona, on Saturday, September 1, 2012 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia.
Duke was born in Juneau, Alaska on June 30, 1944. He was active in the Local Boy Scouts and attended National Scout Jamboree 1957 in Valley Forge, PA. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and worked on the fish buyer, Fern II with Art Berthold during the summer months as a teenager. He was a mechanic for the State of Alaska before purchasing Valley Tire Center in 1974. After selling Valley Tire he went back to the State of Alaska DOT as Superintendent of Equipment, retiring in 2002. Duke was a Volunteer Fire Fighter with the Juneau Fire Department for 16 years becoming Fire Fighter of the year in 1971. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 420 and Moose Lodge 700.
Duke loved Alaska and the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed weekends in Hawk Inlet and especially Funter Bay. Duke loved being a grandfather; all of his grandchildren thought Papa Duke was "The Best Grampa Ever".
He was preceded in death by his parents E.O. "Curly" and Ethel Davis and his first wife Rita Nelson.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine, daughter Tracy (Don) Kubley of Juneau, son Wesley (Debra LeVey) Davis of Fresno, CA, stepchildren Seanna (Steve) Kringen of Aptos, CA, Robert (Lily) Hurley II of Vienna,VA, Sister Carolyn (Dwain) Reddekopp of Juneau, Sister and Brother-in-Law Patsy and Carl Sanders of Henderson, NV; grandchildren Dylan and Devyn Kubley of Juneau, Danielle and Corey Davis and their mother Cindy Keith-Decker of San Antonio, TX; Bryan, Leci and Brandyn Kringen of Aptos, CA, Soraya Hurley of Vienna, VA, great grand-daughter Gracelynn Davis of San Antonio, TX, long-time family friend Grant Young of Wasilla, AK and many great friends in Juneau.
Duke's final wish was to become a donor to the Science Care project at University of Tucson, Tucson, AZ for their continuing neurological research which could benefit Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia and other neurological diseases.
At Duke's request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 South 8th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364, a local Hospice or .
Cards and remembrances can be sent to Lorraine Davis, 11570 South Dawn Drive, Yuma, AZ 85367.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Sept. 19, 2012
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