Durango resident Robert Allen Davis died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center. He was two weeks shy of his 88th birthday.
Mr. Davis was born to Francis and Winneferd Davis on May 4, 1924, in Durango. He was one of seven children.
He graduated from Durango High School in 1942.
Mr. Davis and his twin brother, Richard, joined the Navy in April 1944. Stationed on the USS Uvalde in the Pacific during World War II, Mr. Davis participated in the Okinawa invasion and received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with one star, the American area medal and the World War II Victory medal. He was discharged May 13, 1946.
On Sept. 30, 1950, he married Lillian Hiner in Aztec.
Mr. Davis worked at the Vanadium Corp. of America mill and then ran a dairy from 1958 to 1966. He was a postal carrier for the U.S. Post Office until he retired in 1988.
Mr. Davis enjoyed hunting, raising quarter horses, taking pictures and traveling. He attended 10 of his Navy reunions in different parts of the U.S.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his grandson Clint Mars.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lillian Davis, of Durango; daughters Pat Mars of Aztec, Dixie Chavez of Grand Junction and Debbie Bond of Ramah, N.M.; sisters Elizabeth Shoemaker of Terra Villa, Calif., and Peg Davis of Central Point, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2012, at Florida Presbyterian Church, 1024 County Road 230. The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate. Cremation will occur, and burial of ashes will take place at Crestview Cemetery, located near Elmore’s Corner at U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 172.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Research Foundation, 8586 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238; the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116; or the Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church, 1024 County Road 230, Durango, CO 81301.