Donald Charles Davis
Don "Bud" Davis, 86, of Corvallis, a former resident of Woodburn, died peacefully on July 25th from natural causes while surrounded by loved ones.
Born in El Centro, California in 1932, Don's family moved to rural Marion County, Oregon in 1939 and established a dairy near St. Paul. He spent his early years attending schools in Canby and Hubbard, and working on the family farm. He attended Oregon Agricultural College where he earned letters in Crew and Wrestling. An officer of Acacia Fraternity, he graduated in 1955 with a degree in Agriculture. He married Nancy Lee Pace in 1955; they celebrated their 63rd anniversary earlier this year. The couple initially settled in St. Paul and later Woodburn before returning to Corvallis in 1965, where they have lived ever since.
After a short career as an Oregon dairy farmer, Don worked in sales for R. M. Wade of Portland and Moore-Rane of Corvallis. In 1967, he and Nancy founded Beaver Buildings, Inc. which they owned and operated until the 1980s. Their company managed more than 850 construction projects and manufactured prefab metal buildings for markets throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries. Later in his career, Don built churches in several western states.
Don served his community through many community based organizations including Jaycees, PTA, Elks, Kiwanis, Habitat, Oregon Home Builders Association, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Scouting. His work as Acacia's alumni advisor earned him their highest international honor, the Order of Pythagoras. He was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church since shortly after its founding, serving in several leadership roles including their building committee. His public service included a stint in the U.S. Navy Reserves, where he acquired a love of open water and an honorable discharge.
Don's hobbies included travel, sailing, fishing, hunting, and flying. He loved the outdoors and was most happy getting up early and getting outside, year round. He was a maker at heart and always had a project going. In the course of building three family homes and two cabins in Central Oregon, he was known to draft floor plans in order to satisfy city planners, then set plans aside and build things and as they should be built, often from memory.
Don is survived by Nancy, his wife of 63 years; children Phil (Kathy) of Bountiful, Utah, Jeff (Diane) of Corvallis, Chris (Catherine) of Davis, California and Kelly (Tim) of Salt Lake City; grandchildren Jack, James, Wynton, Sophia, Nicola, Alex, Ian and Elliot; great-grandchildren Charlie and Lily; sisters Marian of Woodburn and Annette of St. Paul, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newton and Harriet Davis; and brother Joseph Davis.
A private graveside service preceded a celebration of life on August 3rd hosted by Calvin Presbyterian Church. Online thoughts and condolences may be shared at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com/