John Alan Davis, age 72, died December 30, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines of Leukemia. He was born and raised in Elkhart and Springfield, Illinois. He attended college in Illinois for a time, and then left to join the Navy during the Viet Nam War. He served on nuclear Polaris submarines with distinction. The military provided extensive technical training in all aspects of operation. His technical skills led to employment with Xerox, where he eventually was in management. Other places of employment included a copy shop where he was part owner, and CMF&Z, where he was a Vice President in print production. When that agency reorganized he went to work for Kodak. Following that, he retired a few years ago.
Over his lifetime, he was active in a number of community groups and activities. He was involved with Boy Scouts of America, becoming an Eagle Scout. As an adult, he was a troop leader. When his daughter Sarah became a Girl Scout, he assisted her group in a number of ways, becoming a “cookie mom” at one point. He and his wife were the leaders in an Odyssey of the Mind group on Sarah’s behalf, that group winning honors in State competitions. He was am active and attentive father. John also was active in the Des Moines Planning and Zoning Commission for a number of years.
John has a number of interests, including art, computers, knot tying, model railroads and more recently model sailboat racing. He was editor of the American Model Yacht Association’s publication. He also make elaborate walking sticks for a number of his friends.
John and Sandy were married in 1978, after a lengthy relationship. He was a loving husband, supportive of her in all ways, not to mention a fun person. She is a retired psychologist, and he liked to say he was her long time case study. His daughter currently lives and works in Oakland California as an instructional designer. Extended family members are numerous and include a younger sister, a younger brother, and many nieces and nephews, as well as their children. He also has cousins and their progeny. Most family members live in central Illinois.
Funeral arrangements are at the Merle Hay Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be on Friday, January 6 at 10:00 am, followed by a memorial at 11:00, and a light repast at noon. The family requests no flowers, but if you would like to contribute a donation in his name, please donate to the American Cancer Society. By John and Sandy’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no burial. Ashes will subsequently be scattered in Elkhart IL and various places in Des Moines and Johnston Iowa. He will be sorely missed.