MICHAEL JAMES DAVIS Michael James Davis, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend of many, passed away peacefully on July 18th, 2012, his 66th birthday, with his family around him. He was born in Ames, Iowa on July 18th, 1946, and spent part of his childhood and early adult life in Illinois. After two years with the Peace Corps in Columbia, Michael landed in Las Cruces, NM where he met his wife, Karen A. Davis. Michael would spend the next 40 years in Northern New Mexico, building a family, creating a home and transforming the lives of all those around him. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Ulysses Gerald and mother, Marjorie, as well as his sister, Ruth. He is survived by his wife, Karen Andersen Davis; brother, Richard Andrew Davis; children: Addie Joan Justine, Jessup Steven, Jonathan Ulysses; and grandchildren: Noah Diogo Lima, and Kai Eliyan. He was a strong, kind, humble man who lived his life in the spirit of service to humanity. From his time as a teacher and principal in the Chama Valley, to his years of dedication and tenure as Chief of Schools with the New Mexico Department of Education, Michael will be remembered for his integrity, vision and unwavering commitment to the world of public education. We are all lucky to have known such a dynamic and loving individual. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 4th at 10 a.m. at the United Church of Santa Fe, with Reverend Talitha Arnold officiating. 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, NM 87505 at the corner of St. Michaels Drive. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Partners in Education, at 1300 Camino Sierra Vista, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or www.sfpartnersineducation.org. May the spirit of service and life-long learning live on in his memory.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on July 21, 2012