John Gordon Davis

February 4, 1958October 10, 2021

John Davis was born on February 4, 1958 to Dr. Don and Evelyn Davis in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He moved to East Lansing in 1966 and it became his forever home. John lost his battle with cancer and died on October 10, 2021. He was a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, a step dad and a friend. If you were lucky enough to be in his circle, you know that you were very special to him and you were loved for life.

John was a lifelong Michigander who never lost his boyhood wonder of nature--stopping midsentence to track a butterfly or dragonfly flitting through the air, dropping to his knees or diving out of a boat to catch a snake slithering through the groundcover or a turtle swimming through the water, liberating a house insect or spider to the great outdoors. He was most intolerant of people who did not believe in protecting and preserving the planet for all creatures and plant-life.

John loved adventure and exceled at swimming and diving at an early age. Thanks to his parents and their love of travel, John visited many countries around the world. One of his favorite memories from these travels was scuba diving with his dad on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. His friends will remember their many camping trips and sailing adventures. From his 20's through his 40's, he was passionate about skydiving visiting many drop zones around the country and meeting many new friends along the way, including his beloved wife, Pat. He later combined his love for the water and the sky by becoming a kite surfer as he explored the beaches on the Great Lakes. To enhance his kite surfing board skills, John took up snowboarding making several trips to Colorado with his friends.

John will forever be loved and remembered by his wife Pat, his parents Dr. Don and Evelyn Davis, his sisters and brothers-in-law Karen Davis (Allen Schnack), Susan Davis and Ellen (Chris) Petti, his step sons Michael Walsh and Jason (Kerry) Walsh, sister-in-law Judy Zorn, eleven nieces and six nephews and many close friends.

At John's request, there will be no memorial service; instead, he would like you to remember him by hugging your loved ones and taking the time to remind them how much you love them. And if you're so inclined, raise a glass to John to celebrate a life well-lived and well-loved.


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Kimberly Hull

October 28, 2021

I spent a lot of time with the Davis family from 6th grade to the present. My most vivid memory of John is going to Camp Michigania with the family. I am a close friend of Karen's. At camp they taught us to sail sunfish boats. They even had a regatta. Karen wanted to compete alone, so I managed to get John to ride with me. The first day out we came in 1st place! It helped to have two of us on the boat because it was windy and we needed the support to stay upright. The final race John slid off of the fiberglass boat into the water. I pushed the boat into irons so he could swim over and get back on. He always was a strong swimmer as are the rest of the family. This race we came in last place due to the time we lost. This memory has stayed with me for over 50 years! What a wonderful family they are!!!

Rob Ward

October 13, 2021

Tragic to hear about my old friend John. We had so many adventures as high school swimming buddies in the seventies. Loved his story of scaring his Mom’s card group when she brought them to his room. He had a Mississauga Rattle Snake in an aquarium and scared the group. His love of Led Zeppelin and being barefoot for over a year as an EL apartment manager stand out. His ability to touch the ceiling off a diving board would be another. You only meet so many originals in your life and John’s quiet, dark humor always has stayed w me and will forever. Godspeed. Miss and love you. Best to the family.

Pamela Harris Kaiser

October 12, 2021

I met John during college when I was lucky enough to to have his sister Sue as my dear friend and roommate. John brought great joy to all who knew him, most especially to his family. I remember photos of John feigning ecstatic surprise and delight over a pair of skis by the Christmas tree with his sisters. John’s love of nature, love of his family, and joy for living was inspirational. I share John’s loss and grief of the Davis family, knowing that John’s spirit lives on in the peace that surpasses all understanding.