Gary James Davis – Obituary

Gary James DavisGary J. Davis, 61, a lifetime resident of the Vernonia community, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at his home.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Vernonia School Commons, 1000 Missouri Avenue in Vernonia, with Pastor John J. Cahill, of the Pioneer Baptist Church in Vernonia. Private Cremation Rites were held at the Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Family and friends were invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony.

Gary wasborn October 8, 1951 in Portland, Oregon, the son of Samuel Davis and the late Hilder (Sundquist) Davis.  He was raised in Vernonia and graduated from Vernonia High School, Class of 1969.  Upon his high school graduation he attended O.C.E., known today as Western Oregon State University, having received a B.A. degree in Education.

He was united in marriage to Carol Lynn Cole on December 17, 1972 in Vernonia, Oregon. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past December. Following their marriage they made their home in the Vernonia community.

Gary worked in Log Marketing and Quality Control for Hancock Forest Management in Cathlamet, Washington.

He was a longtime member of the Vernonia Booster Club.  While raising his children, he was active in their youth sports programs, having coached t-ball, baseball and basketball.

Gary was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved the outdoors. He also enjoyed woodworking and his numerous remodeling projects.  He enjoyed Beaver games with family and spending time on the farm with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Hilder Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Carol L. Davis, of Vernonia, Oregon;  his father, Sam Davis, of Longview, Washington; his son Erik Davis and girlfriend Jennelle Thompson, of Clatskanie, Oregon; his daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Corey Dinger, of McMinnville, Oregon; his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Rick and Elita Davis, of Clatskanie, Oregon; and Duane and Lana Davis, of Redmond, Oregon.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kaylee Emma and Kourtney Marie Dinger, Alleggra and Aydan Poetter as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances and contributions be made to the Vernonia Education Foundation, 1000 Missouri Avenue, Vernonia, Oregon 97064, attn. Ronda Lennon, in his memory.

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Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia is in charge of the arrangements.