Commander JOHN WEYMAN DAVIS, USN (Ret.) "Jack"  

Of Phoenix, Arizona, departed this life on February 13, 2014.
Cmdr. Davis was born in Athens, Georgia on August 8, 1933. After graduation from the
United States Naval Academy in 1957 he served a distinguished naval career as a fighter pilot and commanding officer. He served multiple tours of duty in the Vietnam War while flying the F-8 Crusader and F-4 Phantom from the aircraft carriers USS LEXINGTON; USS HANCOCK; USS ENTERPRISE; and the USS RANGER. Additionally, during a tour as a test pilot at Moffett Field, California, Cmdr. Davis (call sign Checker) landed an F-8 Crusader after the single engine failed at 20,000 feet.
Cmdr. Davis concluded his Navy career as commander of the Black Knights of VF-154 and a tour in Washington, DC as a Liaison to the United States Congress for the Secretary of the Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1979 and worked for General Electric until he moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1990.
Cmdr. Davis is survived by his wife, Sarah Davis and five children, John Weyman Davis III (Jennifer), Christine Linda Hobbs (Don), Cassandra Michelle Kigin (Joe), Jane Nappi (Steve), and Michelle Diamond (Mark); fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cmdr. Davis will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on July 17, 2014. Friends should meet at the ANC administration building one-half hour before the full honors internment service. A reception follows at Army-Navy Country Club.

Published in The Washington Post on July 9, 2014