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Edward Davis Jr. Obituary
Edward P. Davis, Jr.

Passed away on July 19, 2013 from complications following a double lung transplant in 2011.


All who knew Ed knew that he loved to hear and tell a good story. Punctuated with wit and intellect, Ed's stories also highlighted the ideals he held most high: a passion for whatever he chose to take on, service to his community, and a ceaseless commitment to justice, morality, and excellence. Even those who disagreed with Ed's politics found it hard not to admire his conviction.


Ed's story began in 1948, in La Jolla, California where he was born to Shirley Stock Davis and Lt. Commander Edward Parsons Davis, Sr. As a military "brat," Ed moved every two years. He fondly remembered his years in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended the Punaho School. It was in Hawaii where he became a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants-listening to Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons. Later he graduated from Blackford High School, in San Jose, Calif. It was at Blackford that he met his future wife, Sheryl Cook.


Intending on a career as a naval aviator, Ed attended Stanford University on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1970. When medical issues derailed his military plans, he sought a legal career instead. In 1973, he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara.


After graduating from law school, Ed clerked for the Honorable Oliver J. Carter, United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1973-74. From 1974-78, Ed was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.


Ed enjoyed a successful career as a litigator, focusing on white-collar crime and media law matters. At the time of his death, he was a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.


Ed's commitment to justice and morality extended beyond his practice of the law. He enthusiastically served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study and Development of Legal Systems (ISDLS) where, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, he worked to modernize both criminal and civil systems in Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Italy, the Palestine National Authority, Turkey, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar.


Additionally, Ed taught at Santa Clara University School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Hastings College of Law, as well as in the Federal Practice Program for the U.S. District Court where he helped design the curriculum.


Ed served his community as president of the board for the San Carlos Babe Ruth baseball program. It was there that he instilled his love of baseball into his son, Braden. Ed never missed coaching a baseball game, even with his busy work schedule.


In 2012, Ed volunteered with Donate Life California, which promotes Organ and Tissue Donation. With a new lease on life after his own double lung transplant, Ed was honored to speak to several different groups about his experience as the recipient of a donor's gift.


Just last year, Ed left his beloved California and moved to Texas to be closer to his son's family. He enjoyed watching Braden coach baseball and particularly loved playing baseball and chess with his eldest grandson, Tucker. In addition to spending time with his family, Ed loved reading, writing, and travel.


Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sheryl Cook Davis; his son, Braden Hunter Davis, Braden's wife Amy Boltinghouse Davis, and their sons, Tucker Hanson Davis (9 years) and Sutton Cook Davis (4 months). He is also survived by his brother James Bradley Davis, and his family, and severaloving cousins, nieces, and nephews.


For those who would like to celebrate Ed's life, a memorial service will be held in the Surfbird Room at Cavallo Point (601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, California 94965) on Sept. 22, 2013 at 2 pm. Swapping stories is encouraged.


In lieu of flowers please consider saving a life through organ and tissue donation. Fo more information, visit Donate Life California (http://donatelifecalifornia.org). Contributions may also be made to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (http://www.lpch.org) with acknowledgement to The Davis Family, 1525 Red Hawk Road, Wimberley, Texas 78676.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 11, 2013
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