OBITUARY

Gerald "Jerry" Davison

August 17, 1921February 23, 2013

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Davison Aug 17, 1921 – Feb 23, 2013

Jerry was born in Washington State and raised in Bothell by parents Leonard R. Davison and Cecil (Bighley) Davison. The family moved to San Diego in 1936 settling near Kensington. He attended Hoover High School from 1936. He graduated in 1939 being named the school Athlete of the Year for his baseball ability. The Davison Family moved to Marlborough Drive in 1938 He attended San Diego State College (SDSU) from 1940 to 1942. Playing baseball those 3 years as catcher, he was known as a scrappy hitter. He led the team in batting each year with averages over .400, and was named Most Valuable Player. His education and ball playing was interrupted by WWII. He was drafted and entered the Army the day after his 21st birthday. Attaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, he served in the Philippines and Guadalcanal. After 4 years in the military, he returned to San Diego State playing center field his senior year and graduated in 1947. SDSU Baseball retired Jerry’s number 6 jersey in 1998. He still holds the highest career batting average (over .400) in the history of SDSU baseball. He married Francis Irene Edwards on June 10th, 1947. He continued his education at USC obtaining a Masters Degree in 1948. While working on a Doctoral Degree, he left USC when hired for a teaching position. He started his teaching career in 1949 at Southwest Jr. High in San Ysidro for Sweetwater H.S. District. He moved to Wilson Jr. High in the San Diego School District in 1952 where he taught Typing for 21 years. Moving back to the Sweetwater District in 1973, he finished his teaching career at Granger Jr. H.S. in National City retiring in 1983. In addition to teaching, Jerry was a part-time baseball scout. Scouting for the Baltimore Orioles for 5 years before moving to the expansion team Houston Colt 45s renamed 3 years later to the Houston Astros. He scouted 10 more years with Houston. He was active as a coach in Little League and Pony League baseball as well as a player in the Senior Softball leagues for 13 years playing for the San Diego Silver Hawks. He helped to win 10 World Series Senior Softball titles and was named the Most Valuable Player of the very first Senior Softball World Series every played at Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989. Jerry is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Francis, parents Leonard and Cecil, and step mother Selma Sally (Peterson) Davison. He is survived by his children, Dean L. Davison (Mary) of Alpine, Ca., Debra S. Davison of San Diego, Doak G. Davison of Coronado, Ca., 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Charlotte Burkhard of Maryland and cousins Lyle Bighley of Kansas and Cassandra Kelley Henderson of Florida.

REMEMBERING

Gerald "Jerry" Davison

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY

receive updates when new memories are posted

RECEIVE UPDATES
Deb Davison

May 15, 2013

On my dad's headstone... where the comment goes = like 'loving parent' or some such thing... we put -->> JD and SMALLTIME -> I think those of you that knew my parents would get a kick out of that!

Deb Davison

March 25, 2013

Thank you all for the nice things you've said about my dad. And your condolences are greatly appreciated... they really mean alot - thank you. Deb "Rah Rah"

Gail Close

March 7, 2013

Dear Dean, Deb, & Doak, You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss. Love and prayers, Gail (Clay) Close

Linda Opdycke (Clay)

March 6, 2013

Deb, Dean, and Doak,
I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Linda (Clay) Opdycke

March 5, 2013

Dear Dean, Deb, and Doak,
I was so saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. There are so many memories with your family growing up. All of the swimming parties at the Skiles' house, our Mission Beach summers, and many more.
He always made me laugh. I truly will miss him.
You take care,
Love,
Julee Kennedy Reilly

March 5, 2013

Dean, Deb, and Doak,
I just want you to know something I'm sure you know already. It is that your Dad was close to my heart, and a real friend that always was ready with a "wise crack" to lighten every moment and make life enjoyable and fun.
He was one of a kind, and I'll never forget the 72 plus years we knew each other.
I'll treasure all the trips, parties, beach outings, ball games (what a ball player he was; a real MVP), luncheons, golf, tennis, just everything we did together.
I'll miss him--- I loved the guy!!
Sincerely,
Bobby Kennedy

Lyle Bighley

March 4, 2013

JD..had a special place in our lives and we had great times together! He had a quick wit and a great sense of humor...he will be missed! Our love to Deb, Dean, Mary, Doak and all the family as we all mourn his loss.
Love,
Sharon and Lyle Bighley

March 4, 2013

dean and deb, have fond memories of basketball in your driveway and baseball in front of our house. Your mom and dad always welcomed me into your house and I'll always remember the 120 + mph ride on otay lakes rd in the caddy! love and condolences, Steve and Connie Klibbe

Larry Kennedy

March 2, 2013

Our love and condolences go out to all the Davison clan. He was one of the good ones who always put a smile on my face and made me feel welcome. I left every encounter with enough "material" to spread to MY people. I'm sure he's up there making my Mom laugh. I'll miss you.

debra wilder

February 28, 2013

Deb, Dean and Doke,
May the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort at this sad time. Caring thoughts are with you.
Sincerely,
Deb Wilder