Thomas Ray Davis

Sep 11, 1929 - Oct 3, 2016

Obituary

Thomas Ray Davis Sr was born in Okmulgee County, OK on Sept 11, 1929. He was the third son of Henry and Ara Davis. His father worked in the oil fields and his mother was a homemaker. By 1940 Henry and Ara had eight boys ~ Henry Jr., Howard E., Thomas, Norman, Ronald, Bob, Floyd and Stanley. They packed up their boys and possessions made their way to Husum, WA. where they briefly lived with Ara’s brother Omer and his family. Henry worked with Omer in the orchards for a brief period but he felt they could do better in the Sacramento area.
They settled in Perkins, Sacramento Co, CA. Henry worked on the hop ranches. The older boys worked alongside him. Tom and his brother were paid 25 cents. Not 25 cents each but together they were paid 25 cents an hour. And that money was paid to their dad.
After moving to California his mother corresponded with Grace Mendenhall, a family friend that still lived in OK. She encouraged Grace and her family to move to California. This move brought Kathryn Aldridge back into his life. He used to say that Kathryn chased him all the way from Oklahoma and caught him in Perkins.
Tom graduated from Sacramento High School in 1947, Kathryn graduated in 1948 and they married Jan 1949. Tom worked at Campbell Soup and DMV briefly before going to work at Perkins Welding Works.
Tom and Kathryn had Diana and Tom Jr when Tom took the test for the California Highway Patrol. He joined the patrol in 1957 and after graduating from the academy he was assigned to the Norwalk Division in Los Angeles County. During his rookie year they added Mary K. to the family and once they returned to Sacramento in 1959 David was born.
They built their family home on Lorin Avenue in Florin, CA. Most of his life Tom worked two and three jobs at a time. He invested in Fruitridge Car Wash in the late 60’s and eventually took control of the business from the partner. The car wash provided employment opportunities for many family members, neighbors and friends over the years. He was working with other CHP employees to create a credit union for the CAHP members throughout the state. While attending a CAHP convention in 1972 he suffered a heart attack and his first bypass surgery followed. He chose to retire at the age of 43 rather than take a desk job. In 1977 he took the insurance solicitors exam and joined Jones & Co Insurance Agency

All of this sounds like Tom was all work and no play. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He lost many hunting and fishing buddies to the game of golf (he played one golf game and hated it).
For years he traveled to Idaho to hunt elk and deer near Long Tom Lookout. He’s fished in Alaska, Canada and Mexico not to mention the lakes and rivers of California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. Tom and Kathryn traveled to British Columbia and Arizona each year. They made friends where ever they went. He enjoyed traveling and enjoyed visiting the relatives that didn’t make the move to California.
In 2014 he was named “Moose of the Year” by the So Sacramento Loyal Order of the Moose.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624

Guestbook

  • Bob Russo says:

    The staff of East Lawn Elk Grove joins me in offering our condolences on the loss of your father

  • Don & Nadine West says:

    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Tom. He was our friend and business partner. We will miss him tremendously. What we will remember most about Tom is his infectious sense of humor. Most recently when we would visit he would joke about his age. He’d say, “I’m so old I don’t even buy green bananas anymore!” He was also a great fishing buddy and we enjoyed going on his big boat called the TomKat over at the coast. We would catch a garbage can full of fish and then have a big fish fry. We’d go up to Canada and pick up oysters off the beach and Tom and Kathryn would cook them. We have fond memories of going to Perry’s and the Truckadero (two of Tom’s favorite places) for lunch and our “official” business meetings. Tom was always the funniest guy at the table. Thank you, Tom, for the memories. We will never forget you. Love, Don & Nadine West & the extended West Family

  • Jasmine says:

    My condolences to the family, losing a loved is difficult and something no one is truly prepared to endure, at 1 Peter 5 :7 were encouraged to “throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” May you find comfort in God during this difficult time and comfort in his promise of a ressurection. ( John 5:28,29) A promise that will enable you to see your loved one again and enjoy the close relationship you once had.

  • David Davis says:

    “I am your friend” To know Tom my dad was to know a friend. He made friends wherever he went because he started out being your friend. I am reminded of a story that he once told me that will stay with me all of my days. He went to visit a gentleman in the hospital and when he entered the room the gentleman said “what are you doing here Tom, I didn’t think we were that close of friends.” My dad replied “No, but I am your friend.” And that is just the way he was. Whether it was a casual meeting or a long time friend. He was your friend. Thanks Dad.

  • Lisa Adair nee Busby says:

    Rest in Peace Tom My condolences to your family and friends

  • Christie and Steve Stock says:

    Shawn, Tash and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and loving thoughts are with you during this time.

  • Joe savoca says:

    Praying for the family

  • Sherry Tankersley says:

    Rest in peace Tommy. Our thoughts and prayers go out for the Davis family, with love from your distant cousins the Tankersley family. (Norma’s kids)

  • Ted Smalling says:

    Rest in peace Tom, you are one of my favorites to talk to! Our prayers are with the Davis families. Ted & Monique Smalling

  • Donna Savoca-Worcester says:

    Sincere condolences and prayers to the family. RIP Tom

  • Chuckie Smith says:

    To my second family, your Dad was like a dad to me, when growing up on Lorin ave there was always Tom and Kathryn, always open the door too me, Tom always told Dave and I that sure Chuckie can stay the night (he worked swing shift back then) I always had a place to go on Lorin ave the Davis house. I will miss Tom as I do Kathryn. Losing parents is on of the toughest things that life brings to us, but yet it’s one of life’s gifts to have parents like Tom and Kathryn. My family sends our condolences to all of the Davis family.

  • Norma Collier says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a good friend and neighbor to John and me. My prayers to all the family. Norma Collier

  • Debbie King says:

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father they don’t make them like that anymore bless you Spike I miss you

  • Steve Cox says:

    I just found out that Tom had passed. My condolences to the family. I remember as a little kid having dinner at the Davis home. Great times. Blessings to you all.

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