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Sterling Davis, age 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 25, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was welcomed home by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Webster Davis, who had been waiting for him since her passing in 2001. He joined her on what would have been her 90th birthday.
Sterling was born in Benjamin, Utah on October 16, 1919. He grew up on a farm in Genola, Utah. He was the middle of three brothers, Ralph, Sterling and Marion born to Glen Ervin Davis and Lilly Johnson Davis. His youth was spent exploring the open fields of the farm and playing baseball and basketball at school and with cousins who lived nearby.
When Sterling finished high school in 1937, he started college at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, studying Civil Engineering, but his college years were interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Force. His aptitude for math qualified him as a navigator. He flew 50 missions in the Africa 321 bomb group 445 squadron of B-25's.
After the war he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds organization. He chose instead to go home to Utah and resume his college education at Utah State. There he met Joyce Webster from Mountain View, Alberta, Canada and they were married on July 24, 1946 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. He completed his Master's degree and in August of 1947 they were blessed with twins, Kent and Kathy. After graduation, Sterling went to work for the Department of Agriculture as a civil engineer. His specialty was drip and sub-surface irrigation and he was a much sought after expert.
Shauna was born in Boise, Idaho in 1952, and Roger and Rodney, another set of twins, joined the family in 1955. Sterling retired from his government career in Riverside, CA in 1977. He served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings. He was a bishop, a seminary teacher, a high councilor, a stake president, a missionary with Joyce to the International Mission assigned to Egypt for 22 months, and for the last 36 years of his life a Patriarch and Temple Sealer. In 1997 Joyce and Sterling moved to St. George, Utah where they served in the temple and enjoyed many wonderful associations.
He is pre-deceased by his wife, Joyce, and his oldest son, Kent, and brother Ralph (Dottie). He is survived by his brother, Marion (Donna), daughter-in-law Barbara Davis, daughters, Kathy (Robin) Allen, Shauna (Dennis) Tyler, and his sons Rodney (Pam), and Roger (Kim). He and Joyce have 23 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren, soon to be 42.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morningside LDS 5th Ward Chapel, 1750 E. Foremaster Drive, St. George, UT. A visitation will be held Friday, August 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd, St. George, UT and Saturday, prior to services, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Morningside LDS 5th Ward Chapel. Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com.
Metcalf Mortuary - St. George
288 West St. George Blvd.
St. George, UT 84770
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from July 30 to July 31, 2014