Edward Davis, 84, of Denair, was born in Anadarko, Okla. to Lee and Faith Davis. He started his schooling in a one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma. His family moved to California in the 1930s and he attended Turlock schools before being drafted into the Army at age 18. He was called to serve in World War II while he was still in high school. After the war he was working at Montgomery Ward in Turlock when he met and married the love of his life, Betty Mae Moore. They moved to Santa Cruz and Edward got started in the road construction business. A strong, hard-working man, he formed his own company and built roads in the Santa Cruz area for 20 years. Through the years he enjoyed fishing in the Santa Cruz area, cars and car racing (including destruction derbies), and also enjoyed building, fixing, and working on properties they rented out.
Edward is survived by his wife, Betty M. Davis of Denair; daughters, Nancy (Tony) Leach of Auburn, Calif. and Patricia Herren of Scotts Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann (James) Sweeten of Turlock; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Duane Davis.
A graveside service, inurnment, and military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 at Turlock Memorial Park.
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