July 9, 1945 - April 16, 2017
Born in Albany, Oregon
Resided in Albany, OR
In all things Paul did, he sought an honorable excellence. He valued honesty, forthright communication, one's best effort, a commitment to the ideal, and endeavored to always do the right thing. He applied these concepts to all aspects of his life; in his professional and personal relationships, leisure and community activities, and personal creativity and education. He was known for a quick, and sometimes biting, wit and was often "up to antics" and enjoyed teasing and pulling pranks.
Paul felt community involvement was important and had been active in the Willamette Valley Home Builder's Association, Habitat for Humanity, the Albany Planning Commission, the SMART reading program, the Carousel Museum, and his high school classmates. He started as a volunteer and quickly moved into a committee or served in an official role, often being acknowledged with certificates and awards, but always actively participating in getting things done. He also worked with Jeff Sender to repair the Albany United Presbyterian Church's Povey stained glass windows and built playhouses for auction to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation. One of his last contributions to the community is the pennant that he fabricated to fly over the Carousel.
Paul's love of fishing and spending time in Oregon's varied natural environments lead him to become involved in the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, contributing to policy planning and tribal relations regarding the waterways in our area. He may have also been a member of a private group called "The Buckaroos," although no-one is required to admit to being a member.
He was also an avid gardener, interested in his family's genealogy, and began building model train layouts. Paul enjoyed riding, repairing, and building motorcycles (specifically Harley's) and joined the Association for Motorcyclists of Oregon. He loved to participate in the Veterans Parade and often took any sunny-day opportunity to run errands on his custom, copper chopper.
Paul was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed a full life. We are left with a gap in our hearts and lives, and the challenge to live by his example. We will all remember his winning smile, standard-setting moustache, and easy manner.
Paul was preceded in death by his mother and father, Carol and Platt Davis, and brother-in-law, Scott Colony. Those left to mourn this loss include: his loving wife of 45 years, Pamela Davis; his children Carrie Davis and Warren Blyth, Jeff and Caitlin Davis; siblings Nancy Gilmore, Gordon and Rona Davis, Henry and Nancy Davis, Marcia and Matt Morse, June Colony, Dennis and Mary Jo Phelps, Becky Phelps, Josie Phelps, Don and Sue Peters, and David and Kristie Phelps; many wonderful nieces and nephews and their families; and grandchildren Robin and Duncan Blyth, and Colton and Adalyn Davis.
Memorial donations in Paul's name may be made in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321. The family suggest Habitat for Humanity, The Historic Carousel & Museum, and the United Presbyterian Church Paul Davis Memorial Fund.
A public celebration of life will be at the United Presbyterian Church on May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am.
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Albany, OR US 97321