William S. Davila
April 25, 1931
February 14, 2014
Bill was born in Los Angeles, California, to Salvador and Amparo (Polly Lopez) Davila. He was an only child. He attended Mt. Lowe Military Academy in Altadena before graduating from Polytechnic High in Los Angeles.
Bill began his career in the supermarket industry sweeping floors at Vons, where he met his wife, Dorothy. Dorothy and Bill were married in 1952. After serving several years in the U.S. Air Force as a drill sergeant, he returned to Vons as a produce manager, eventually moving to the main office to work on the company newsletter. Bill was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Vons in 1984, where he served as the company spokesman. After briefly retiring from Vons in the early 1990s, he returned as President Emeritus from 1992 through 1998. He also served as a director on the boards of Hormel, Home Depot, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Wells Fargo and on the foundation board of Arcadia Methodist Hospital. Additionally, he was a former president of the WAFC.
Most important to Bill was his family. Bill is survived by his wife Dorothy, their five children, David (Anne) Davila, Diane Davila (Craig) Jones, Lisa Davila (Ken) Franklin, Bill Davila and Deborah Davila (Brig Gen Michael) McGuire and 12 grandchildren (Alyssa Jones, Bryan Jones, Allie McGuire, Sarah Franklin, Danielle Davila, Hannah McGuire, Katherine Franklin, Robby Jones, Will Davila, Matthew Franklin, Nicolette Davila and Maggie McGuire). He is best remembered for his great sense of humor, his generous spirit and his belief that anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to. He will be deeply missed.
Donations in Bill's name would be gratefully received by the William S. Davila Scholarship Fund, which offers financial assistance for college education to employees or children of employees in the food industry. William S. Davila Scholarship Fund, c/o Scholarship Management Services, One Scholarship Way, Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082. For information on services please contact John Cabot at Cabot & Sons, Pasadena, California.