Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX


John William Joseph Davis

May 14, 1940July 30, 2020

John W. Davis 80 yrs old passed away on July 30, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The Lord called John and he answered. John was born May 14, 1940 in Effingham, Illinois.

John attended St. Anthony’s Grade and High School in Effingham before graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, Missouri. It was there he discovered his love of the Spanish culture and changed his plan from being an architect to teaching the Spanish language. He graduated from University Illinois Urbana Champagne and continued his passion for learning at University of Illinois Chicago, Loyola University, and Northern Illinois University.

John taught Spanish for thirty-seven years before retiring after thirty-two years as a professor with Harper College Palatine, Illinois. Even in retirement John volunteered to teach Spanish through LifeLong learning programs for students of all ages.

John spent the last twenty-four years with his wife Tammy, splitting time between Austin, Texas and Lake Villa, Illinois. They were reverse snowbirds, opting for the snow of winter and spring in Illinois and heat of the summer and fall in Austin to align with the Longhorn football season. John will be remembered by many for gifting Eisenhower dollar coins, handing them out to new and old friends on special occasions. He would share this gift and say, “Here is a dollar. Keep this and you will never be broke, you will always have money and it will bring you good luck.”

John is survived by his wife Tammy Harlow of Austin, Texas; his daughters Kaarina Davis of Alhonlahdentie, Finland and Maria Davis of La Grange, Illinois; Steve and Carol Harlow; and Micki Harlow of Austin. In addition, John will be remembered by his many friends from the Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the Draught House Pub in Austin, Texas.

There will be a wake to celebrate John’s life when it is safe to gather and raise a craft beer in remembrance of this special man.

John was a lover of wildlife and protecting the environment for us and the future generations. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choosing or to the World Wildlife fund, National Geographic, or Heifer International.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com for the Davis family.


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Maria Davis

August 11, 2020

In Memoriam
John Davis, my Dad
To his credit:
His wonderful, impeccable manners, good grooming and style, zest for life, willingness to tackle any challenge, hard work ethic, exploration of new things, gregariousness around all people. He was the life of any gathering. His infectious love of music and self-assured zeal for teaching. It was in the classroom that the world was his oyster. I have many fond memories of our time together. You were and are a highly intelligent, complex man who is greatly loved and missed by me and many others. Your sudden death took me by surprise. However, I am very glad that God predestined you to be my Dad.
So long for now, but never goodbye.
With love always,
“He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?” (Psalm 94:9)


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