September 1, 1945 – January 1, 2020
John Bartow Davis of Lake Buchanan passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. He was born to John William and Dorthea Davis on September 1, 1945 in Gainesville, Florida. John grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and attended John Knox Presbyterian Church with his family. After high school, John was an active member of the ROTC and graduated from Furman University. He then became a commissioned officer, dedicated 23 years to his country, and served in both Vietnam and Desert Storm, reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel.
During his time stationed at Fort Hood, he met the love of his life, Dianne. They married April 6, 1974 and remained married for 45 years. John and Dianne enjoyed raising their family in the different locations they were assigned. Their love of travel continued after John’s retirement from the Army and from his work as a defense contractor, and they made Hawaii and Germany their homes away from home.
John was a man bigger than life, and he never met a stranger! If he did meet you, he always remembered you as well as every detail of the encounter. John was the best storyteller and filled so many friends’ and families’ good times with those woven and memorable tales. This “big guy” had an even bigger heart…one that could only fit in Texas, which is where he and Dianne retired to. John was extremely generous and was the true patriarch of his loving family and a beloved member of Burnet Presbyterian Church where he added his beautiful, deep voice in glorifying God. He also served his community as secretary on the board of Cassie ESD #2 for Burnet County as well as working part-time alongside Dianne, selling their antiques, at CaroLee’s on the Burnet Square.
John is survived by his wife, Dianne, son Barry Dawson and wife Rachel, son Brian Dawson and wife Kelly, daughter Lori Davis and partner Leigh Ann Sedam, daughter Jillianne Yang and husband Wayne, his brother Bill Davis and wife Norma, and his grandchildren Megan, Jack, Delaney, Alex, Tarin, Abigail, Mackenzie, Austin, and Spencer, several nieces and nephews, and his fur-babies Leilani, Kamuela, and Tia.
Services will be held at Burnet Presbyterian Church with full military honors on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2:00. John will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl at Oahu) at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Burnet Presbyterian Church in honor of John.
Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com
Arrangements and cremation entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas
- Memorial Service Burnet Presbyterian Church Thursday, January 9, 2020
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Lyndall & Teresa Groom
January 12, 2020
Diane and family we are so saddened to hear of John's passing. I saw his obits in the local news and I said I know this man. My wife and I and one other lady used to clean houses and we used to clean yours. I really enjoyed talking with John when he was around. He will be deeply missed. Sending prayers to you and family God Bless
Lyndall & Teresa Groom
January 7, 2020
Oh how we will miss his booming friendliness on the square! A friend, a fellow vendor, a true patriot and gentleman, I am honored to have had his friendship! My sincere condolences to his family.
January 7, 2020
John was part of my “crowd” at Wade Hampton High. Even did some camping at Pisgah with him. I distinctly remember our hiking to the top of Looking Glass Rock when he slipped in a wet spot at the top of the the cliff face. Scared us all. We did have some good times. Saddens me to hear he is gone.
January 3, 2020
John served as Burnet County ESD #2. John will be greatly missed.
Elizabeth (Betty) Marks
January 2, 2020
Dianne & the Davis family - Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and dear friend to so many that knew John. He was a wonderful, kind and generous man and will be missed by everyone that knew him. May he rest in peace. Love, Betty & Brian Marks