Stephen Davis, DDS (Ret.) passed away peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s on December 3, 2017 at his Tucson, AZ home.
Steve is lovingly remembered by his wife Sarah and her children, Mike, Jessica, and granddaughter Nicolette. Rita Davis, his father Truman and mother Jayne (Stevenson), uncles Melvin Davis (Mildred), Reed Davis, David Stevenson (Mildred), aunts Martha Caposell (Charles), and Mary Williams (Sylvester) precede him in death. Also survived by many cousins.
A special thank you to Katrin King who continued to make his life important and incorporate every adventure he was up for and Shawna Miller for keeping music alive while he fought Alzheimer’s. Steve was raised in the small town of Hubbard, Ohio by his parents and grandparents.
He credited his grandfather Frank for spending time with him and nurturing a love of music. Steve graduated from Youngstown State (’64) wanting to be a teacher. His father disapproved and life changed.
The Air Force appeared and sent him to Dental School at OSU where his lifelong love of Buckeye Football was launched. Following graduation Steve headed to basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas to await orders – California. He drove all day, arriving after dark, given a room, and awoke to a 360-degree view of the Mt. Tam/San Francisco area.
He was stationed at the Mt. Tamalpais Radar Station. He made the newspapers in July 1970 for saving the Air Force $50,000 by filling the cavities of a giant radar amplifier tube (used to watch for submarine-launched Soviet missiles).
He knew California was where he would stay. After the service he taught at Pacific University Dental School in San Francisco. He purchased his dental practice in Santa Rosa, CA in the mid-1970s. He and Rita moved to Santa Rosa to start their careers and life together. Both had impeccable taste and broadened their horizons traveling the world. Rita passed away in 2000.
Steve retired from dentistry in 2007. Happily, Penny introduced Steve to Sarah. Steve and Sarah hit it off, married, and together they shared much laughter, music, travel, and fun. Steve loved his staff, patients, dental friends, REDs championship softball team (catcher), and his “Tahoe Buddies” with their hilarious antics.
Rotary was always an important part of Steve’s life as were the Active 20-30 Club, ParkPoint Gym workouts, car shows, and travel. He was famous for knowing all Jeopardy answers – and proud Grand Champion of the seventh and eighth grade spelling bees.
Steve was a true artist and perfectionist in his dentistry and photography. He loved music – everything from big band to present – as a spectator and performer, singing A-Capella in college, in the car and all around the house.
Steve was known for his terrific one-liners, integrity, being a good sport, caring for his crazy cat Samantha, sharing his stacks of comic books, and driving his and his dad’s fast cars which he kept immaculate. He loved being a #1 Fan OSU – Go Buckeyes! And Giants baseball fan.
He will be greatly missed! Please consider a donation to brainsupportnetwork.org or Alzheimers at www.alz.org/norcal in lieu of flowers. Celebration of Life will be January 28, 2018, 2:00 pm, Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, CA.
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