May 24, 1923 ~ December 13, 2016
Memorial service: Prineville on Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 at the Prineville Funeral Home, 199 NE 10th St., Prineville, Oregon
Graveside services: January 3, at Brigham City Cemetery, Brigham City, Utah
Our father, grandfather and great grandfather Walter Davis, 93, passed away at his home, which he dearly loved, on December 13, 2016. He was born May 24, 1923 in Eureka, Humboldt, California, son of Walter Davis and Hazel Mae Squires. He loved growing up in northern California and had many fond memories of family and friends there that continued to enrich his life. Many of his family members and friends called him 'Bun', a nickname shortened from the 'Bunny' his mother had bestowed upon him. He was educated in the Upper Mattole and Petrolia schools. He radiated joy when he spoke of his teachers and schoolmates and the fun times that they shared. He left California to join the Navy during World War II. He proudly served in the Navy for over 20 years. Over five of those years were spent during foreign duty and/or at sea. He was gratified to be a submariner, particularly as a radio operator and crewmember of the USS Caiman and the USS Remora, and of the service he had rendered. He loved his shipmates and counted them among his most treasured friends. A few of these men became not only his brothers in arms, but also the brothers he never had. He was "a man's man" and had not only physical strength, but also strength of character. Fiercely independent, he was able to mend fences or bake a cake with equal perfection. He did not accept what he considered weakness in himself or others. One of his hallmarks was his integrity and honesty; if he promised something or said something, he stood by his word. He had a fun sense of humor, and when he was joking he was a delight to be around. He loved being outdoors and would hike 10-20 miles daily until he reached his mid-eighties. He had a special kinship with animals and would often say that he felt he understood them more than he did many people. He was proud of the fact that his father was an accomplished horseman, and he tried to emulate his father's skills with the horses that he owned. Several in his family called him "The Horse Whisperer", and his love for the American Quarter Horse knew no bounds. He had a genuine way with words and anything he wrote was comfortable, easy and interesting. He was a voracious reader and would read approximately 90 history or autobiography books per year. Dad was undoubtedly a one of a kind man and will be greatly missed. He leaves behind his children, Caroline Davis, Walter Miles Davis, Patricia (Garth) Iorg, Linda Guild, James Davis and Jeneanne (Kelton) Liston, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister Carmen (Carmella) Hunter Gill and his granddaughter Anna Shea Liston. A memorial service will be held in Prineville on Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 at the Prineville Funeral Home, 199 NE 10th St., Prineville, Oregon. Graveside services will be held on January 3, at Brigham City Cemetery, Brigham City, Utah, where he had requested to be interred, next to his granddaughter Shea. The family would like to thank the many good neighbors and friends of Dad who helped make his years of living in the Prineville community a comfort and a delight; you were and are very much appreciated.