Ronny Dean Davis Sr.

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Ronny Dean Davis SR. went home to be with the Lord on Friday March 15, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 11, 1953 to Reggie and Ethel Davis Sr. and raised in Hoopa, Dean was a much loved father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coach, mentor, counselor, and friend. Dean dedicated his life to his family and the community's youth. He was an avid sportsman, social worker, business man, logger, mill-worker, and entrepreneur. Known simply as "coach" to many in the community Dean graduated from Hoopa High School in 1971 and went on to attend Chico State University and Humboldt State University. At Hoopa High, Dean was an Honor Roll student and class president, student council president, and student body president. He was also a team captain in football and excelled in basketball and baseball. In the 1970-71 school year Dean was the starting quarterback for the North in the North-South All-Star football game and the starting Shortstop in the North-South Baseball game. He was also in the band where he played the saxophone and he attended Boys State. During his time at Chico State he fought for 3 years on the boxing club. Dean continued to hone his boxing skills for many years after he was at Chico and used sports as a means of reaching the local youth and encouraging them to pursue a better life. In the late 1980's he started the very successful Hoopa Panthers Boxing Club which gave Dean a vehicle to mentor many Klamath/ Trinity River area kids. In the early 1990's Dean guided the club to the overall team title at "The battle of the best of the Pacific Northwest" in Quinault, Washington. He also coached little league baseball for nearly 15 years winning many championships before serving as league president. In 1990 he started the Hoopa Youth Football Program where he served as a coach and board member for more than 10 years. One of his proudest moments came in 1999 when his son led Hoopa to its only championship in a 12-8 win over Eureka. As director of the Annual Hoopa All-Indian Basketball Tournament, Dean led an effort that raised nearly $20,000 every year for the youth. Kids loved to play for him and over the years he gained many loyal followers who he continued to be close with through his final days. He never met a bad kid and the Davis home was always open to any who needed a place to stay. Dean, in 1989, started the "Survival by Heritage" drug and alcohol prevention program and was a certified drug and alcohol counselor. The program eventually grew into the Hoopa Tribe's Human Services department before Dean became the director at Hoopa Housing for 5 years. While there he was able to use his grant writing skills to bring in countless millions for the tribe. Under Dean's watch more tribal members were able to become home owners than during any other time period at Hoopa Housing. During this time Dean created over 100 living wage jobs for members of the Hoopa community. Many are still appreciative today. In the early 1990's Dean was the chairman of the Hoopa Development Corporation. During this time successfully negotiated a deal with the Taiwanese Government which paid the Hoopa Tribe $1000 per 1000 board feet of timber, a price that Hoopa was never able to achieve before or after. He also served on the Tribal Credit Board and Housing Board. He finished his career as a social/youth worker for the Bear River Tribe as well as their Housing Director before retiring in 2005. Dean was a firm believer in God and Jesus Christ and was a long time member of the Hoopa First Baptist Church. He always looked after the less-fortunate and was a charismatic people's person through and through. It didn't matter if he was meeting with congressmen back in Washington D.C. on behalf of the tribe, or talking with a homeless person, he always treated people the same and would always find common ground. He was respected by all and had friends all over the country. Dean was well known for his compassion and sense of humor, and he gave everyone a nickname with many becoming permanent. Dean knew how to have a good time and he loved Hoopa and his Indian culture and heritage. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Over the years he killed more big bucks than anyone could keep track of. Dean is survived by his wife of 30 years Elizabeth Davis and his children Angela, Joe, Nancy, Crystal, Melissa, April, and Ronny Dean Davis, Jr. as well as his parents Reggie and Ethel Davis Sr. and his siblings Rick Davis, Robin Reed, and Raylyne Davis. Dean also had a large extended family including numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends. Dean was preceded in death by his daughter Shana Davis-Gatlin, his brothers Reggie "Babe" Davis JR. and Raymond "Rayme" Davis and his grandparents Herman and Libbie Sherman, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Gilbert Marshall. Paul Bearers will be JJ and Jason Reed, Aaron, Arlen, and Talon Williams, Mike Peters, Curtis Kane, David Williams, Daniel McQuillen, and Big Tim Casey. Honorary Paul Bearers will be Ron Reed Sr., Ronny Reed Jr., Charley, and Ryan Reed, Dale Risling, Arnold Davis, Duane Sherman Sr and Jr, Paul "Toe", Richard Nixon Sr., Hyme Navarrez, Joe Aguado, Raymond and Jim McQuillen, Tashone Rice, Cody Fletcher, Troy Fletcher Jr., Andrew Myers, Virgil "Upity" Bussell, David Davis, Ronny Powell, Jr., Roland Davis, Don "Sueguy" Colegrove, Josh Gatlin, Emil Marshall, Lonny Colegrove, Roy and Dave Arwood, Joe Pinocci, Rex Bohn, Raymond Clayburn, Merkie Oliver, Lance Archambeau, Joe Smith, Devery Freeman, Chance Carpenter, Chuckie Carpenter, and David Vigil. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday March 21, 2013 at the Hoopa Neighborhood Facilities at 2pm. Internment will take place at the Hoopa Tribal Cemetery immediately following and reception will be held thereafter at the Hoopa Community Center. There will be a viewing at Paul's Chapel in Arcata on Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 12pm-2pm and a wake starting at 7pm Wednesday night at Dean's home on Shoemaker Road in Hoopa. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013
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