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Richard A. "Dick" Davis

December 22, 1944 January 23, 2019
Richard  A. "Dick" Davis
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Dick Davis was born on December 22, 1944 in Spokane, WA to Robert H. Davis and Donna Jean (Middleton) Davis, and died peacefully at home on January 23, 2019 in Knoxville, TN.

Dick was raised in Ione, WA, where he became an Eagle Scout and played football, basketball, track and field (javelin and discus), and especially excelled in baseball. He was drafted as a pitcher by the LA Dodgers to their Triple A farm team, the Spokane Indians, but early on in that endeavor he suffered an injury that ended that opportunity.

Dick began his experience in heavy construction working on a survey crew at Boundary Dam in WA State. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, he became respected in the industry as a successful Project Manager who would deliver large, complex structures safely, on time and on budget. Throughout his career he was known as a trusted mentor, an effective leader and a problem solver. Dick was involved in many major construction projects all over the world, but he was especially proud of his 20 year tenure with Jacobs Engineering, which included work for DOE at Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge, TN, the Constellation Program for NASA at Stennis Space Center in MS, and the Atomic Weapons Establishment for the Ministry of Defence in the UK.

Dick loved dogs, and riding his Harley motorcycle with his gang, the AARP Angels. He also loved playing golf, highlights of which were playing with Tiger Woods in the 1997 Colonial Pro-Am, and realizing his dream of playing The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. Dick was also in the gallery at the British Open at St. Andrews in 2005, when Jack Nicklaus played in his final professional tournament. Dick was always eager to be part of any project helping others, including CALM House in Oak Ridge, TN, and as an original member of the golf tournament organizing committee to raise funding for Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville. Dick and his truck were always available if you needed to move or haul something. Throughout his life, his unconditional love and support for his family had no limit. He was, and will always be, there when you need him, on earth and in Heaven.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Robin LaDuca, and nephews John LaDuca and Brian Davis. Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 27 years, Sandra; daughter Angela (Mike) Dabb; brother Mike (Lori) Davis, grandsons Michael (Ashley) Stephan, and Jason Stephan; great grandchildren Keelan and Charlotte Stephan; brothers-in-law Joe LaDuca, Mike Conner and Steve Conner; mother-in-law Clarice Murdock; nieces Noelle (Alejandro) Brown, Laura Rogers, Jennifer Davis and Chloe Hobbs; and nephews Matthew (Sandy) Davis and Zachary Davis.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Click Funeral Home, Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN. The family will greet guests from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, or Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville at www.breakthroughknoxville.com.


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Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel

9020 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923

Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel
9020 Middlebrook Pike Knoxville 37923 TN
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5:00 PM 2/23/2019 5:00:00 PM
Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel

9020 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923

Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel
9020 Middlebrook Pike Knoxville 37923 TN
United States
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