Joseph A. Davis
June 10, 1925 ~ February 21, 2014
Joseph A. Davis died on February 21, 2014. He was born on June 10, 1925, to the Reverend A. E. Davis and Callie (Allison) Davis in Walla Walla, WA. He had one brother, Paul. When he was still young, the family moved to Portland, OR. He came of age during the Great Depression and watched the world erupt in war. In the summer of 1943, after graduating from high school, he entered the United States Army. Two years later, he was a 20 year-old infantryman sailing across the Pacific Ocean on a troop ship. Unbeknownst to the soldiers, they were to take part in the invasion of Japan. As it turned out, the Japanese government surrendered, which enabled Joe to return to the United States and to civilian life. During the spring of 1946, he took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled in Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. At Whitworth, he met Faye E. Hill. They married on June 18, 1948. During the summer of 1950, they moved to East Wenatchee and obtained teaching jobs. Always quick with numbers, Joe taught junior high math; but summer freedom gave him time to pursue one of his lifetime passions, which was carpentry. For Joe, building a house was never about maximizing profit, it was about creating something enduring with one’s hands, and he did it well. Everything he built reflected his uncompromising commitment to perfection. Joe became a Christian early in life, and Christ was faithful: especially during Joe’s three and one-half year battle with cancer. Joe will be remembered by his family and friends as a wise, generous, and humble man.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Davis; his daughter, Janiece Davis; his son, Mark (Pam) Davis; two grandchildren, Ann (Andy) Platt and Andrew (Jennifer) Davis; two great-grandsons, Craig and Evan Platt; his two sisters-in-law, Betty Davis and June Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church. Joe believed deeply in the value of education. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund at The River Academy in Wenatchee, WA. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.