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Davis, Charles Kenneth

Charles Kenneth Davis passed away on September 5, 2016 after bravely facing the challenge of cancer. He was 71 years old. Charles, a 42 year resident of Davis, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 24, 1944 to Odessa Smith Davis and Theodore Davis. In 1968 he was married to Vicki King Davis. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969 with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in the Albuquerque , Roswell and Santa Fe offices, serving in the New Mexico National Guard during this time. In 1974 Charles moved to the Davis office of SCS as a design engineer. Charles remained in Davis becoming the USDA NRCS (formerly SCS) State Conservation Engineer. He was a registered Professional Engineer and was honored as Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1998. Charles retired in 2009 after 41 years of service.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Theodore Jr. and Jonathan, and his sister Marian. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vicki, two sons, Christopher and Michael (Cassandra), two grandchildren Devin and Charlotte and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was a member of St. James Catholic Church where he was a lector at mass until he became ill. He and Vicki led the parish marriage preparation program working with many engaged couples over the years.

Charles was a third degree black belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do and was an instructor at Davis Arts Center for many years. He was a car enthusiast and had a special love for Nissan Zs. He loved being with his family, music, the ocean, good food, and following the Cowboys and Giants.

There will be a Vigil Service on Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis, CA. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at St. James Church.

All who knew him will miss the welcoming smile of a good and gentle man. Gifts in his memory may be made to the St. James Church Memorial Center or the St. James School Annual Fund.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 11, 2016
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