Roger Edward Davidson

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Roger Edward Davidson April 29, 1926 – September 20, 2011 Roger Edward Davidson peacefully passed away September 20, 2011 from a long battle with prostate cancer, while family was by his side. He was born in Oakland, CA on April 29, 1926. He had a positive attitude and excelled at all he set out to accomplish. After finishing high school in Oakland, CA he attended Parks Air College in Missouri before being drafted into the military. He served honorably in the Navy and went on to receive degrees in music from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He was employed as an engineer before opening an original franchise for Robert Half Personnel and Accountemps in the states of Texas and Tennessee; also owned part of Louisiana. Locations also included Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Memphis, and New Orleans. The company was eventually sold in 1987. He had a love for music and was a part-time professional musician in the 1950's and 1960's. He was an accomplished pilot and owned several aircraft over the years. He retired in Grand Junction, CO where he was very active in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Roger joined the Grand Junction Symphony Board of Directors in 2002 and served as First Vice President until the time of his death. Passionate about music, Roger enthusiastically supported Symphony causes; The High Note Club, the annual Symphony Gala as well as the plans to renovate the Avalon Theatre as the future home of the Symphony. Roger is survived by his wife, Ildiko Davidson; brother, Frank Davidson; four children, Don Davidson, Chris Davidson, Eric Davidson, and Amanda Vache, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Amanda Davidson; brother, Leth Davidson, and grandson, Jordan Davidson. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colorado. A memorial for the public, "Celebration of Life", will be held at the Avalon Theatre at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011. In lieu of flowers, Ildiko is requesting donations be given to the Grand Junction Symphony Avalon Theatre Renovations, P.O. Box 1657, Grand Junction, CO 81502.
Published in The Daily Sentinel from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, 2011