Richard Jensen Davis, age 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 30, 2007, at his home in Midway. Dick, as he was best known to family and friends, was born Oct. 24, 1928, in Salt Lake City, to Arthur Harmon Davis and Cleona Jensen Davis. He married Betty K. Allen on March 16, 1955.
Dick joined the United States Air Force in March of 1952 where he was trained as a P-51 fighter pilot. He later became a flight instructor on the P-51 and toward the end of his military career flew the F-80, the Air Force’s first jet fighter. He retired from the Air Force in 1959 with the rank of Captain.
Dick worked as an Air Traffic Controller at the Salt Lake City Center for 19 years. He was an avid skier and golfer and a consummate handyman who was frequently solicited by others and was always more than happy to help. He loved gardening and could often be found tinkering on projects in the garage.
Dad divided the year between summers in Midway, and winters in Beaver Dam, Ariz. living in homes he built himself.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who loved nothing more than gathering with the entire family at the park. He will be dearly missed.
Dick is survived by his wife, Betty; his sons: Jeff (Tammy) and Brian (D.D.); daughters: Annette (Mick) Mahler and Karen (Mike) Baker; and 11 grandchildren. He is also, survived by two brothers: Wally Davis and Bill Davis; and sister, Virginia Ward.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 4, 2007, 11 a.m. at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main St., Heber City. Friends may call on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Midway City Cemetery.
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