Longtime Los Altos resident, Donald Ernest Davis, died peacefully on July 28, 2019, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Don was born on April 3, 1923, in Salem, Oregon. He was the youngest of four children of Schuyler and Blanche Davis. He and his family then moved to San Diego, where he was raised and eventually graduated from Point Loma High School. He was accepted to and began attending Stanford University in 1941. His college years were interrupted while he proudly served his country in Europe as a member of the United States Army in World War II. He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and he continued assisting in organizing their annual Stanford football game reunion for more than 50 years after his graduation. After graduating from Stanford in 1948, he began working at J.C. Penney in Palo Alto.It was there that he met Doris Bash and in October 1951 they began what turned out to be 68 years of marriage. He moved his family to Los Altos in 1958. Shortly thereafter he began a long career at AMES Research Center at Moffett Field.
While raising a family and working full time he also was able to obtain a law degree from Lincoln Law School and eventually became a practicing member of the California Bar Association. As was his father, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years and he was eventually selected as a Master Mason for the Palo Alto Masonic Lodge. He was a longtime member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, where he served as a deacon and trustee. His main love was his family. He was not a loud person, choosing instead to lead by example. His support for family and friends was unassuming but never failing. He was a devoted father and loving grandfather and great grandfather. Don is survived by his loving wife Doris, his sons Mark (Terri), Steve and Blaine; his grandchildren Adam (Brittany), Brett (Jen), Whitney, Kiley (Manny), Hannah; and his great grandchildren Trennor and Sienna. Don will be missed by his family and all of those who were lucky enough to know him.