Damon Davis

Born: Sun., Jun. 1, 1986
Died: Sun., Oct. 28, 2012


10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Nov. 01, 2012
Location: LaFollette's Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Nov. 01, 2012
Location: Faith Baptist Church

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Damon Andrew Davis of Hines died Oct. 28.

He was born June 1, 1986, in Redmond. He was welcomed home from the hospital by his parents, Joe and Sharon Davis, and his big brother, Nick.

Damon was a happy, outgoing and energetic child who loved everyone and assumed that they loved him. From the time he started walking at nine months old, nothing could slow him down. He had a lot of life to live and was anxious to get at it.

Sports were a big part of his school years, starting with T-ball and culminating in varsity football and basketball. Although he played all sports, football was, by far, his favorite. After his first taste of flag football in grade school, he was hooked and couldn’t wait to play varsity football in high school under Coach Graham. Playing high school football was among the highlights of his life. Damon was a life-long Chicago Bears fan and was thrilled when he had the opportunity to visit Soldier Field in Chicago and get the signatures of some of the players. He was also an avid Oregon State Beavers fan.

Damon’s faith was also a very important part of his life. At the age of seven, he chose to give his life to Christ and was baptized when he was in high school. He attended church with his family at Faith Baptist Church and actively participated in Sunday School and the AWANA program. Many of his lifetime friendships were cultivated through these church activities. In high school, he participated in youth group and Young Life. He had great memories from his times at Young Life camp and a Mexico mission trip.

The first summer out of high school, Damon went to work as a firefighter for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. That experience set in motion his college curriculum path and, ultimately, his career. He attended Oregon State University and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in natural resources. Although the academic work was not his favorite part of the college experience, he worked hard in his field of study.

Damon possessed the strength of character that helped him achieve many goals in his short life. He was determined to: play varsity high school football, get his college degree, graduate from college without any debt and get a full-time, permanent position with U.S. Fish & Wildlife at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All of these goals he achieved. Along the way, he made many friends that he remained close to.

Damon loved the challenges of fighting fire and the wide variety of tasks around the refuge. Work on a fire was hard and the hours were long, but he enjoyed pushing his body and seeing a fire contained. Over the eight years that he worked at the refuge, he fought fires in Georgia, Minnesota, Wyoming, Nevada, Washington and a number of places in Oregon. Damon had many close friends at the refuge, and they always made the work fun. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain were home to Damon, and nothing made him happier than to spend his days off hunting and fishing on the Steens. The last week of his life was spent hunting for elk with good friends.

First and foremost, Damon treasured time with family and friends. Damon was a son who would make any parent proud. As a young person, he was always glad to have his parents around and treated them with love and respect. Before he was permanent and full-time at the refuge, in the off season, he worked for his dad in his construction business, along with his brother Nick, and they have many great memories of those times. In 2010, he spent two weeks touring Italy and Spain with his parents. Whenever he was in town, Wednesday nights were reserved for dinner with his parents and his brother Nick’s family. Damon and Nick loved to go goose hunting or watch a ball game together. All of the holidays were spent with family, and he really enjoyed the extended family gatherings. When Nick and Christy had twins in 2010, Damon discovered the joys of being an uncle, and Sadie Belle and Fielder adored him. He carried pictures of them with him in his pick-up.

Damon had many cherished memories of Memorial Day reunions, calf brandings and holidays spent together with family. He brought so much humor and love to those occasions. Ground-squirrel hunting, riding four-wheelers, wrestling matches, football games; he looked forward to it all.

Those who really knew Damon and considered him a friend, know that friendship was very important to him. He valued all of his friends and wanted to spend time with them. Damon was intensely loyal, never afraid to give a hug and willing to do anything to help a friend.

Damon is survived by his parents, Joe and Sharon Davis; brother, Nick Davis and wife Christy; nephew, Fielder Lee, and niece, Sadie Belle; grandmothers, Mary Teague and Bernice Davis; uncles and aunts, Jack Nelson, Jim Teague and wife Terri, Bill Teague and wife Debbie, Valorie Davis, Louise Colvin, Tom Davis and wife Julie and Barb Carr and husband Tim; and numerous cousins, great-uncles and great-aunts.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Claude Teague and Herb C. Davis; grandmother, Jennette Davis; aunt, Neva Nelson; uncle, Herb G. Davis; and cousin, Jesse Davis.

Contributions in Damon Davis’ memory can be made to Faith Baptist Church, Malheur Refuge Associates and Young Life of Harney County in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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Kristy Cumings
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Dear Joe and Sharon,
My heart aches for you. Damon will remain in our hearts and eventually that ache will lessen. So many wonderful memories to keep him our thoughts.
Like you said in recent phone conversations, God is good all the time and He is still Sovereign. He is also the Healer of broken hearts. Let the hand of the Great Physician touch yours, deeply.
You are in our prayers, continually.
Kristy and bc Cumings

Kathy Cowan
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear of Damon's accident. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The spirit is ever-connected in your thoughts, heart and soul. May the love of God surround you and heal you.

Kathy Cowan

Rod & Shari Morris
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Joe and Sharon, we are so saddened by the loss of Damon. We know the grief and sorrow that you are experiencing but we know also that you are strong in your faith and in the knowledge that God, His angels and those preceding him to eternal rest have embraced him in love and happiness for the rest of time. May God keep you strong until you can be with Damon again.

Chuck and Lois Taylor
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Joe and Sharon, We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Words can never express how we feel. Just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. may God give you strength and peace during this time.

Wayne & Edie Corns
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Dear Joe & Sharron
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Francis & Lillian Estep
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Joe and Sharon, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Debbie & Darrell Smith
   Posted Wed October 31, 2012
Joe & Sharon
Our hearts ache for you, we are so sad for your loss. Damon will be greatly missed. He was such a big part of all the great times and happiness that all of our children shared. He helped create great memories for so many. We pray for comfort and peace as time goes by for your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless you all.
Debbie & Darrell Smith

Kenneth and Beulah Rossberg
   Posted Wed October 31, 2012
So sorry for the loss of your son. Praying for you both asking The Heavenly Father to gather you close in his arms and give you comfort and peace.

Kristy Jenkerson
   Posted Wed October 31, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family for the loss of Damon. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kristy Jenkerson
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Dan & Susan Cox (Daughter of Pearl & Jerry Davis)
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Joe, Sharon and family,
We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. If there is anything that we can do in your time of need, please let us know.


Dan & Sue Cox

bob & Elaine Faddis
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Joe, Sharon and family, wish we could be there to give you all our love in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember God doesn''t put more on our shoulders than we can handle, but sometimes the load may be heavy.

Frank and Donna Jantzen
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Joe, Sharon and the rest of Damon Davis' family and friends, we both send our deepest condolences. We know his earthly body will be missed but we also know his spiritual body is with the Lord.
Cousin Frank and Donna

Ben & Kelli Shular
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
No matter how little or long we knew Damon, we were better for it.

We mourn for the Davis family in their loss. Our prayer is for your comfort in this difficult time.

Romans 8:38-39

Cyndy Coleman Marshall
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Sigh... there really aren't any words that I could write that could make it better... I am soooooo truly sorry that you are having to walk through this nightmare, I wish with all my heart that I could turn the clock back for you, so you could hold him and never let him go ! My heart breaks with yours... you will put one foot in front of the other, you will do what you have to, you will find solace in understanding friends and from family that has preceded you on this journey. I know that your strength comes from our Lord Jesus and He will sustain you and see you through, {{{{{{{Hugs and Tears}}}}}}} and much love, Cyndy

Chris Warden
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Dear Joe & Sharon and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort through this time. God be with all of you.


Chris Warden

Nancy Holbert
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Joe, Sharon and family: I am so sorry and saddened to hear about Damon. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy

Connie Lefor
   Posted Fri November 02, 2012
Joe, Sharon & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Karla Neuschwander
   Posted Fri November 02, 2012
Dear Joe and Sharon,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Damon was a great guy and will be dearly missed. Love you both.

Sheila Daoust
   Posted Tue November 06, 2012
Joe, Sharon, and Nick
I knew Damon as a sweet beautiful baby. I have thought of him and your family many times over the last 24 years. I am so saddened to read about Damon's unexpected passing. There are no words that will ease the pain, but you are surrounded by such a warm and loving family and friends that will help you through it. My family will be praying that you will find comfort knowing that Damon is in Heaven waiting for a reunion with his family.

Love and prayers
John and Sheila Daoust

Asher and Pam Sarjent
   Posted Wed November 07, 2012
Joe and Sharon and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We are upholding you in prayer, Asher & Pam

Don Blevins
   Posted Sat August 22, 2015
I went to sit with your son for a while yesterday on the 21st of August 2015. I had found one of the funeral cards tacked up to the wall at Malheur Refuge where I now work. SO I sat with him for a while and set all of his flowers and other assorted items upright and made the marker clear of grass and such. Having lost many good people I'm not good with words. I hope this finds you both doing okay. He's very well thought of here at the refuge. Just know he's not forgotten.

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