Earl Davis


Earl “Bus” Joseph Davis Sr. was born April 19, 1927 in Midvale, Utah, to Joseph Claude and Lillian LaDean Evans Davis. He was the first of four children.

Bus attended Jordan High School, where at age 17, before graduation ceremonies, he joined the U.S. Navy to fight in WWII. Bus attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City on the GI Bill.

Bus married Catherine Wilson, but they later divorced.

Bus married Donna Jean Chapman in Elko, Nevada, in 1959, and they were sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple in 1981 to be together forever and all time. Donna was by his side for over 57 years and they enjoyed many adventures together.

He worked for Kennecott Copper Mines as a young man. He retired from Operating Engineers Local 12, being a member for over 50 years.

First and foremost, Bus loved his family. He also loved fishing, “anytime, anywhere.”  He also enjoyed yard sales, both shopping them and holding them, and Pepsi.

Bus is survived by his treasured wife Donna, of Manti, children Ron Davis of Wisconsin, Bonnie Shaw of California, Wendy Cook of California, Earl “Chip” Davis of Utah and Nancy Higginson of Arizona, as well as 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family says, “We will hold him in our hearts forever.”

Bus was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph in 1955 and Lillian in 2003, his sisters Dora Searcy and Juanita “Nita” Bruin, Brother Dale “Pete” Richard Davis, daughter Nikie Dee Gray, sons-in-law John Gray and Billy Cook, daughter-in-law Lori Anderson Davis and great-grandsons Nigel Shaw and Tzalel Reardon

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.24, 2016 at the Red Brick church, 295 S. Main St., Manti, Utah, with a viewing prior to services. Graveside service followed at 2:30 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, Utah.  Online condolences welcomed at http://www.larkincares.com.