Jay R. Davis passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 13, 2016 at his home in Escalon at the age of 90. Jay was born on June 5, 1926 to Arlie and Artie Davis. He has been a resident of Escalon for the past 70 years.
Jay was the American Legion Post 263 Chaplain for many years. He was proud of his service to his country during WWII. Jay had been a truck driver for over 35 years when he retired. He then worked as a handyman for Dornenbal Dairies for several years before retiring for good. Jay was also the fire chief of Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant. He also served on the Escalon Fire Department, Escalon Ambulance, Senior Patrol and a rescue Police Officer. Jay was an ordained minister who loved God beyond measure. No matter how sick he got at times, he always was able to pray and praise the Lord. He was sad when he was no longer able to attend church. Pastor Wayne Warren and members of the Pentecostal Church of God in Escalon brought the church to him on Tuesday nights for many weeks and Jay was blessed for that. Jay leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Donna Davis, his children: Joyce Davis, Louise Fuches, Bob Davis and Dave Davis, along with 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Jay is preceded in death by his son Jerry Davis and his three siblings, Oleta Allman, Doyle Davis and Dortha Shultz.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapel. A visitation was held on Monday, July 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon. A chapel service was held Tuesday, July 19 at 11 a.m., also at Deegan Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Burwood Cemetery.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
July 27, 2016