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David T. Davis

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Ann is mourning the death of her beautiful husband, David T. Davis of Solway Twsp. He died Dec. 13, 2020 at St. Marys Hosp. in Duluth after ten days of fighting the Covid-19 virus.

David was born in Bigfork, MN on January 26, 1936 to the late Florence and George Davis.

He graduated from Bigfork high school in 1954. During his teen years he worked at his dad’s lumber mill and the Jirik potato farm. He enlisted in the army in 1955 and was sent to Germany in the fall of 1956. While there he met his future wife, Anna A.

Upon returning to Minnesota, David began his career with the Forest Service, retiring in 1985 after 26 years. During this time, he and his family gradually started a milk dairy - retiring from that in 1998.

David’s heart and soul was about being a good steward of the land. He served as chairman on the St. Lewis Sail and Water Conservation Board for 32 years. He was described by a member there as “Kind, calm, generous, vibrant” and “he was a wonderful chair of the Board for so many years.”

From a very early age, David lived his strong belief that if you agreed to perform any task or took on any responsibility, you must do it right the first time.

David rarely knew a day off. He was not an “in the house” kind of guy except to do meticulous farming book-keeping. He was always redoing, recycling, and repurposing. He was never too busy for his grandchildren or for others who needed his help or farming advice.

Every summer, David was baling 6000 square bales of hay and selling it to his appreciative, loyal hay customers.

Until falling ill from Covid-19, he was still climbing hay bale stacks with strength and agility, filling up flatbacks or pick-up trucks.

David was predeceased by his first wife Anna and brothers Howard, Don, Clifford, and Stanley.

David is survived by his second wife Ann (Jirik) Davis, his brother Lyle, his sons David and Jeffery; his former son in law, Kenny; his daughter Andrea, Linda, Janet, and Arlene. He has 15 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is survived by four step children, Douglas, Robert, Celina, and Diana and four step grandchildren.

David had a special bond with all his nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle David.

He rarely missed a Bigfork high school class reunion. He is survived by his extended Jirik family where he was looked upon as a loving “big brother.”

David and Ann recently started a permaculture orchard and garden. They built a large hoop house and fenced in 1 1/2 acres from the deer. Sadly this project will not be completed by them.

In David’s honor and memory, Ann asks that you plant a tree - a David Tree - that will live a long, long time.

No date set for a celebration of life.

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