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Floyd W. Davis

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Floyd W. Davis

Ventura, CA

Floyd Wayne "Dave" Davis, succumbed peacefully at home on Sunday, May 3, 2015, after a hard fought cancer battle. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Gale; daughters Kristen and Shelly, brother Herschel Davis, son-in-law Ed Gordon, grandchildren Drew, Elisabeth and Aaron, great-grandson Jayden, nieces and nephews Jim, Ken, Kat, Debbie, Pam, Suzie, Kelly and Kimbal, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is pre-deceased by his mother Mae Boyd Davis, Father Nathan, brother Willis and niece Patricia.

Dave was born January 29, 1930, in Woodston, Kansas to a farming family. In 1935, the dust bowl drove the family west in a pickup truck. Floyd spent his young years in Santa Clara, CA. where he played football, basketball and ran track for Santa Clara High School. Upon graduation he played semi-pro football resulting in a scholarship offer to Stockton College but the Marines called him to active duty at 18 years old. By 1952 he was NCO in charge and Unit Leader. He achieved the rank of sergeant. Dave was a true Marine and lived the Marine Corp principles all his life; Semper Fi.

After his Korean tour, he attended San Jose State University where he met his future wife Gale Griffith. They married, graduated and welcomed two daughters, Kristen and Shelly.

Dave progressed from teacher to principal, earning a doctorate of education from UC Berkeley in 1965. In 1968 the family moved to Seattle where Dave served as Curriculum Director with Seattle School District. There he pioneered K-12 reading programs. He was subsequently appointed Assistant Superintendent. In 1978 he relocated back to California to become the Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent in Camarillo. He also served as Taft School District Superintendent until retirement in 1990.

Dave enjoyed a full and productive life. He built homes and cars and could fix absolutely anything. He became a ski instructor and wrote educational books. He was a private pilot and owned his own small airplane. He put many miles on his motorcycle and bicycle and loved a good roller coaster ride. He loved living at the beach. He mentored young cadets through Ventura Military Explorers. He was an intellectual and always a voracious reader. He and Gale travelled the world, delighted in their daughters and friends, and he followed the basketball careers of his grandchildren with pride. He will be profoundly missed.

A Celebration of Life event will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be sent [email protected] Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Spay and Neuter Animal Network, 110 A and B N. Olive St. Ventura Ca 93001 or to a .
Published in Ventura County Star from May 8 to May 10, 2015
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