Kansas City, Missouri
Los Alamitos, California
Garden Grove Friends Church
Visitation 10 AM
Service 11 AM
12211 Magnolia Street
Garden Grove, California 92841
12241 Magnolia St
Garden Grove, CA 92841
Kenneth Ray Davis, age 73, will be fondly remembered by his family, friends, and neighbors. He was a long time resident of West Garden Grove. He passed away on September 14, 2017, due to complications related to kidney surgery.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Joy Davis; daughter Heather (Davis) Jaramillo and her husband Michael; son Steven Davis and his wife Jennifer; sister Holly (Davis) Anderson and her husband Jerome; seven grandchildren: Joshua, Christina, Amalia Linda, Trinity, Gabriel, Coleridge, and Rivendell; as well as nieces, nephews, and many other loved and cherished family members.
Ken was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 16, 1944, to his parents Clarence and Wanda Davis. His siblings are brother, James Michael Davis, deceased; and sister, Hollis June (Davis) Anderson of Texas City, Texas. The family moved from Kansas City to Torrance, California in 1957.
Ken received an A.A. degree from El Camino College, and graduated with a B.A in Political Science from California State University Long Beach in 1969. While attending CSULB, Ken was active in Circle K International, a campus service organization. He held various offices within the organization, including Lt. Governor, and International Trustee. He attended many conventions locally, nationally, and internationally, which provided him opportunities to travel, give speeches, and meet influential people, such as then Governor Ronald Reagan.
During his involvement with Circle K, and the sister service organization, Sinawik, Ken met his future wife Linda Friend. They were married on December 27, 1969 in Lakewood, California. They eventually settled in Garden Grove, where they raised their children, Heather and Steven.
Ken started his career as a loan officer for Security Pacific National Bank and then went on to work in collections at various companies. But he found his true calling as an instructional aide in Special Education at Bolsa Grande High School, from 1997 until he retired in 2006. He found the interaction with the students very rewarding, and he was very proud of this job.
There was always time in Ken’s life for music, beginning with piano lessons as a child. He eventually took up the trumpet which he played through high school and into college. He had the opportunity to march in the Pasadena Rose Parade as a member of the Torrance All-City High School Band. While in college he learned to appreciate folk, bluegrass and country music, teaching himself how to play the guitar. Through his love of music, he collected and played a variety of instruments, but of all the instruments he owned his Gibson Hummingbird guitar was his most prized.
Travel was always an important part of Ken’s life. As a child, his family traveled the highways to many areas of the country due to his father’s work, and to visit family which was spread around many states. This love of the road continued on into his adult years, when he began traveling with his college organizations, and then taking trips with his friends and wife. Ken and Linda then took many road trips across the United States with their children, visiting relatives, historical sites, theme parks, and presidential libraries, while logging state after state into their tallies. After retiring, he and his wife extended their travels by traveling internationally as well as domestically, eventually visiting 20 foreign countries, and each completing their list of 50 states. His favorite points of interest included national parks, civil war battlefields, cathedrals, and baseball stadiums. And the thing he loved best about traveling was sharing the gift of the experience with those he loved.
Ken was an avid baseball fan throughout his life, thanks to his dad encouraging him to play in the local YMCA baseball league instead of spending all of his time reading. It was at this point that he began following the Kansas City Athletics and collecting many autographs of the old time players. When his family moved to California a few years later, he joined the neighborhood Pony League, and he also helped coach his younger brother’s team. The Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles around the same time and Ken’s allegiance fell in line with his new hometown team. He spent decades following the boys in blue, and listening to the voice of Vin Scully. Some of his favorite all-time players played for the Dodgers along the way, including Steve Garvey who ended up being the inspiration for the name of Ken’s son. The new team in the area, the Los Angeles Angels piqued his interest because of their ownership by Gene Autry, and after college when Ken and his wife moved to Orange County to raise their family, once again the new hometown team took prevalence over others and he ended up a big Angels fan for the rest of his life. But teams were just teams, it was the sport itself and heart of baseball that lived in Ken. He collected memorabilia, memorized stats, attended countless baseball games on many professional and amateur levels, visited baseball parks throughout the county, coached his son’s teams, and supported his grandchildren in Little League and softball leagues. Truly there were not a lot of things that made him happier than being taken out to a ballgame.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday Sept 23 at Garden Grove Friends Church. Visitation is at 10:00, with the service immediately following at 11:00. Donations can be made in his honor to Civil War Trust or WW II Museum, New Orleans.