BRYAN—Services for Donald Dee Davis, 89, of Bryan were held Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Mitch Harper, his grandson, officiated.
Mr. Davis died Wednesday at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan.
He was born in Bryan and lived in Caldwell and Navasota before returning to Bryan in 1997.
Mr. Davis served in the Navy in World War II and was a Jersey dairyman for over 50 years.
He served his country, his community, agriculture, and the dairy industry. With a milking herd of over 1,200 head, he was innovative in moving agriculture and the Jersey breed forward.
He, and his brother Edwin Davis, produced a leading world Jersey sire, “Wonderful Pamson,” a sire that continues to inf luence the breed today. Through his leadership, the Jersey breed instituted the genetic recovery program and he was one of the first dairymen in the area to utilize A.I. breeding.
Mr. Davis was president of the Texas Jersey Cattle Club, then a director of the American Jersey Cattle Club serving the Southwest District for six years. He was then elected president of the American Jersey Cattle Club serving three terms. He presided during a time of dissension among Jersey breeders and his calm demeanor and strong leadership resulted in providing the breed with the solid foundation it enjoys today.
Additionally, while coupling new farming techniques with the testing and development of hybrid corn seed for prominent seed manufacturers, Mr. Davis was a leader in the pursuit of higher yielding crops with less production cost.
Behind the scenes, he always had the interest of the breeders and the youth at heart, whether it was donating Jersey calves for youth to start their projects, including the Houston Livestock Show, or furnishing trucks to take the Texas Jersey herd to the All-American Show in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Davis was instrumental in establishing the Burleson County 4-H Club and was a mentor and resource for the 4-H and FFA programs in Burleson and Grimes County.
He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Caldwell and the First Baptist Church of Navasota.
Mr. Davis served as the board president of the Caldwell Independent School District and as a board member of the Navasota Independent School District.
He was also president of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanans Club and Rotary Club.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by Doris Nevill Davis, his wife of 62 years.
Survivors include four daughters and spouses, Diana and Jay Don Watson and Peggy and Bill Harper, all of Bryan, Debbie and Pat Polansky of Cypress, Tami Sayko and Mike Hollar of College Station; a son and daughterin law, Todd and Debbi Davis of Rockdale; two brothers and sister-in-law, Edwin Davis and Bobby and Birdie Davis, all of Caldwell; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Billie and Nick Turnham of Bryan; also, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were grandchildren Paul Harper, Davis Watson, Donald Polansky, Kelsey Sayko, Cody Birch, Zachary Davis, and Jaime Woodward.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th, Bryan, TX 77803.