Reginald Valin Davis Sr.

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Reginald Valin Davis Sr. Reginald Valin Davis Sr., was born on January 26, 1928 and passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on January 6, 2014. Reggie was a proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, a family man, and friend to many. Born in Hoopa, he was very proud of his Native Heritage and family was everything to him. Reggie graduated from Arcata High School in 1946 where he was a star athlete before joining the Navy at the tail end of World War II shortly after graduation. Reggie was very proud of his military service and often spoke fondly of his times stationed in both Hawaii and Japan. He served as a gunner on the "Heavy Cruiser" known as the USS Fall River and in 2011 took part in the "Honor Flight Program" traveling to Washington DC with his good friend Fred "Bulldog" Sundberg whom he joined with and other Vets. During this time Reggie and his comrades were given a hero's welcome at all the major memorials in Washington DC and upon their arrival home. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Reggie moved home to Hoopa where he met and married the love of his life Ethel Ruth Marshall (Davis). Together they had 6 children and built a happy home together with their own hands. This is something that Reggie was very proud of. Reggie was a hard working man throughout his life and worked as a Timber faller, Mill Boss, and Tribal Council Member. He also led the Tribe's "Man Power" program as well as the "Bi-centennial" program. He was known as a "man's man" and never hesitated to tell anybody what was on his mind. He also had a great love of sports and competition which he passed down to his children and grandchildren. During his time at Arcata High he was the starting running back and "main man" according to his good friend and school mate Jack Lindstrand. He was also always proud of the fact that he made the "Heavyweights" basketball team (Varsity) as a freshman. He also excelled in Baseball and all of his children were good athletes. This also continued with his grandchildren. Reggie rarely ever missed any one of his 21 grand children's games. Whether it was: traveling to the Bay Area for Section playoff games, traveling to the far reaches of Siskiyou County for games, hauling team members to Reno for basketball tournaments, hauling his grandsons to compete in Rodeos all over Humboldt County, stepping up to coach youth basketball for his grandsons, or just giving them a ride to school or pratice, Reggie was always there for them. He was also one of the original members of the Hoopa Recreation Committee and was on the "ground floor"in the establishment of the Hoopa All Indian Basketball Tournament which is a huge fundraiser for local youth and will celebrate its 53rd year this March. He was also involved with the establishment of the Hoopa Panthers Boxing Club and in 2009, he was recognized by Six Rivers Youth Football at their championship games at Humboldt State along with his son Dean for their more than 10 years of service to Hoopa Youth Football. In that same year, he was also honored as the Grand Marshall in the Hoopa Sovereign Days Parade. He also built the first grandstand at the Little League Field in Hoopa and was known as a great dancer. Reggie was preceded in Death by his parents Libby and Herman Sherman Sr., and Valin Davis I. Also, by his sons Reginald Jr. "Babe", Deanie, and Rayme Davis as well his unborn daughter "Rory". Also by his sister Phylis Davis, brother Arnold "Jimbo" Davis and granddaughter Shana Gatlin. He leaves behind his wife Ethel Ruth Davis, son Rick Davis (Renee), daughters Robin Reed (Ron) and Raylyne Davis as well as his brother Herman Sherman Jr., his wife Pat, and his special cousin Mildred Nixon. Also, his grandchildren: Jay Jay, Jason, Janelle (Asa), Ronny Jr., Charley, and Ryan Reed, Aaron (Alaina), Arlen (Future), and Talon Williams, Samantha Norton, Joseph Lewis, Stormie Lewis, Angela, Joe, Nancy, Crystal (Dave), April (Mike), and Ronny Dean Davis Jr., Melissa Kane (Curtice), Rayme Lee Davis and soon to be grandson Jonah Davis. He also leaves behind his great-grandchildren: Allen and Alise "Bunny" Kane, Natalia and Alexa Williams, Dawn, kim, Jayden, and Jacinda Reed, Alicia Donahue, Chase, Finnigan, and, Zoe Gatlin, and McKenzie Robinson as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Paul Bearers will be: Joe and Ronny Dean Davis Jr., Jay Jay, Jason, Ronny Jr., Charlie, and Ryan Reed, Aaron, Arlen, and Talon Williams, and Joseph Lewis. Honoray Paul Bearers will be: Richard Nixon Sr., and Jr., George Nixon Sr., Wayners, Shane, and Hurk Nixon, Joe McGinnis Sr. and Jr., Herman Sherman Jr."shack", Duane Sherman Sr., and Jr., Tashoni Rice, Tyler and Tim Hunt, Troy Jr. and Cody Fletcher, Arnold Davis and Valin Davis II, Tom Redding, Tex Box, Tim Casey, Jack Lindstrand, Rodney Cox, Joe Lemioux, Dale Risling, Rodney and Dave Vigil, Dana and Davey Davis, Chase, Finny and Josh Gatlin, Lance Archamboux, Melvin and Dun Dun Marshall, Lil G "Billy" Juan, Skip McIntosh, Fred and Ryan Sundberg, Lawarence "Dud" Orcutt, Branigan Davis, Dr. Emmit Chase, Stan Ferris, David and Daniel McQuillen, Virgil "Upity" Bussell, Dean Powell, Dillon Creasy, Bobby Perez, Ron Reed Sr., Jordan Allen, Asa Donahue, Chuckie Carpenter, Keoki Burbank, Roy Arwood and Mike Palmateer, Norman Lewis Sr., Lawrence Tracy, Mike Peters, Curtice Kane, and David Williams. Funeral Services will be held on Monday January 13, 2014 at 1PM at the Neighborhood Facilities in Hoopa with internment and a reception immediately following. Councilman Shane McCullough will officiate. There will be a wake starting at 7 PM on Sunday night at Reggie's home on Hospital road in Hoopa. Arrangements are under the care of Sanders Funeral Home in Eureka. Reggie's family would like to thank Mad River Hospital for their excellent care of Reggie during his final days as well as the Hoopa Tribe and Dr. Eva Smith for all of their support of Reggie. We love you so much Grandpa/Dad and we can't wait to see you again!! Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
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Sanders Funeral Home - Eureka
1835 E Street  Eureka, CA 95501
707-442-2941
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2014
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