Alvon Hale Davis packed many experiences into his 35 years, creating lasting family memories, beautiful oil paintings, and serving his community.
Alvon was born on Christmas Day in 1933 in Paicines, San Benito County, California at the home of his Aunt and Uncle, Fred Davis and Phyllis Lorraine (Buck) Davis. He was the second son of Walton Davis and Edna (Workman) Davis. Alvon lived in California throughout his childhood and attended school in San Benito County. For several years the Davis family lived on eighty acres outside of Hollister at 3761 Fairview Road and raised hogs.
|Leslie Davis, Edna (Workman) Davis, Alvon Davis and Walton Davis at the Old Curtis Place near Hollister, San Benito County, California, about 1939|
They moved to town in 1946. Von and his brother Les were active in 4-H, attended church camp in the Sierra Nevadas, and worked in the family business, the DeSoto dealership and garage, when they were teenagers.
|Alvon Hale Davis Graduation Photograph, 1951|
Von took his cousin to the Hollister senior prom as his date. After the dance (at about 1 AM), the two teenagers woke up their grandmother, Nana, May (Hilton) Davis, then in her seventies, for a drive to the family cottage 50 miles away in Capitola on the California coast. Unfortunately, the car broke down during the trip and they had to wait until a garage opened to complete their journey.
Alvon enlisted in the Navy in 1954 and was stationed in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Alaska.
|Wedding photo of Alvon Hale Davis|
and Gladys Oletia Johnson, Hernando,
DeSoto County, Mississippi, 8 October 1955
|Von Davis with his two children, 1961|
Alvon maintained primary responsibility for the Washington business, and his brother Les oversaw the Arizona branch. During seasonal peaks in business, the Washington crew would temporarily relocate to Arizona, and at other times, the Arizona crew would travel to the Palouse country of Washington.
Alvon was always fond of parakeets. He had become acquainted with them through a close family friend, Helen Hall. Throughout his life he enjoyed having a dog and he and his dog Lucky appeared in the local paper in about 1967. Lucky always rode on top of the gas tank in the back of the pickup with his paws resting on the cab of the truck, surveying the world from his high perch.
|Von Davis with Lucky in Whitman County, ca. 1966|
Von had always been interested in art and his school and military training notebooks are filled with sketches. He took up oil painting and built his own paint supply box. Most of his paintings were inspired by photographs in Arizona Highways magazines.
Von's other interests included hunting, fishing, camping, and rock collecting. His daughter Connie remembers going out in the 4WD pickup exploring the hills and dry washes in southeastern Arizona or the backroads of Eastern Washington. Oletia would sometimes get out and walk because she couldn’t believe he could drive a vehicle where he did. Sometimes the family would borrow someone’s airplane and fly to a nearby community for breakfast or tour the countryside. He also enjoyed boating and took his family rafting and boat camping. He built and refinished furniture and made toys for his children.
Alvon volunteered in his community and belonged to the Colfax Jaycees and was Vice President, State Director, and President of the chapter and outstanding member in 1966. He was also a member of the IOOF, Elks, American Legion, and served as a volunteer firefighter. His daughter remembers his firefighting boots with overalls inserted into the boot tops standing at the ready by his bedside. He managed the Whitman County Airport and was instrumental in improvements in the mid 1960's. He also demonstrated the use of crop dusting airplanes in fighting grain fires.
|A friend stands with Von and Letia Davis, June 1968|
Von was killed in the crash of a crop-dusting plane in late August 1968 when he was 35 years old. Davis Aerial Service had purchased a new plane and after loading another pilot's plane with fertilizer, Von took the new plane up for a test flight. During the flight, Von saw his co-worker returning to the airport earlier than expected. According to witnesses, he stalled the plane when trying to return to the airport to be ready for the pilot.
Von is buried near his parents at the Colfax Cemetery in Colfax, Whitman County, Washington. The cemetery, high on the Palouse Hills surrounding Colfax, is a fitting place for someone who loved exploring.
Von left behind beautiful oil paintings, a toy horse trailer he welded for his daughter, two desks he made for his children, bolo ties, furniture he rescued and refinished, a rock collection, and fond memories for all who knew him.
Father and mother confirmed
“DNA match” for Connie Davis, (MyHeritage : accessed 14 February 2022), estimated relationship 1C, genealogical relationship 1C with [Private] descendant of Les Davis sharing 993.8 cM across 30 segments (largest segment 96.7 cM), MRCA Walt Davis and Edna (Workman) Davis.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal 23andMe test match between Connie Davis and Meredith Montgomery, her 3rd cousin . Their most-recent common ancestors are William Davis and Sarah Ellis, the great great grandparents of both Connie Davis and Meredith Montgomery. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: 3C, based on sharing 149 cM across 7 segments.
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