Howard T. Davis

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009

Longtime Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident Howard T. Davis, Jr., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at home with his family by his side. He was 68.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at The Kalifonsky Christian Center, 41342 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. Pastors Pisa Faumui and Michael Hicks will officiate.

Mr. Davis was born Aug. 22, 1940, to Howard and Agnes Davis in Manassas, Va. He graduated high school and went into the Air Force. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years until he was honorably discharged. He met and married Bettie in Las Vegas in 1962. His first job in banking was First National Bank in Nevada. He became a resident of Alaska, moving from Las Vegas to Anchorage in December 1974. After living in Anchorage for a number of years he moved to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor before making Clam Gulch his home. He worked for Alaska State Bank in 1985 in Anchorage, as well as Bank of the North from 1985 to 1987. From 1987 to 1990, he worked in Kenai at the Alaska State Bank.

After being in the banking industry for many years, he became a commercial fisherman from 1983 to 2002. He attended Trinity Christian Center Church, Kalifonsky Christian Center and the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Kasilof. He volunteered with the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, Search and Rescue, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association and Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Program and served as CES Director.

"Howard loved hunting, fishing, boating, water skiing, gardening, and watching fishing on TV. He also loved his grandchildren very much," said his wife Bettie. "If you want a job and done correctly, call Howard. Howard often stated, 'You always have to have an ace in the hole' and 'A job worth doing is worth doing right.'"

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bettie L. Davis, of Clam Gulch; daughter, Deborah Davis-Presley and her children, Landon, Kaitlin, Tristian, and Marek, all of Clam Gulch; son, Howard Taft Davis III and his sons, Dalton and Carter of Soldotna; sisters, Thelma Mellender and her husband, Joe, of Fairfax, Va., and Mary Jane Graves and her husband, Hayes, of Wytheville, Ga.; brother, William "Bill" Davis and his wife, Yvonne, of Melbourne, Fla.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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