OCEAN PARK - Norman C. Davis, 78, died March 23, 2004, at his Ocean Park residence. Born July 6, 1925, in Rainier, Ore., he was the son of Walter and Ivalo (Tracy) Davis.
He graduated from Rainier Union High School in 1943 and served with the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946 aboard the USS President Adams in the South Pacific.
In 1946 in married Ruth Christine (Tina) McDonald in St. Helens. Mr. Davis attended Pacific University with Tina, eventually returning to Rainier where he began his career as a longshoreman, following in his father's footsteps. He worked primarily out of the Port of Longview but also in Portland, Astoria, Wauna, Seattle, Kalama and Vancouver. He retired in 1988 and moved to Ocean Park in 1989.
Mr. Davis was happiest when all of his family was together, especially if they were all fishing, clam digging, oystering or crabbing. He was often seen up a tree with a chain saw, chopping wood for his wood stove, or mowing his lawn.
He was a carpenter who built many things including furniture, a boat, a home for his family on the river in Rainier, a beach cabin in Ocean Park and decks for two of his children. He had many interests including lapidary and wood carving. In recent years he designed and carved a totem pole from a 12- foot cedar log which is currently standing in front of his home in Ocean Park.
His love of nature was huge. He once stopped traffic to chase off a snake that was sunbathing in the road so that it would not be run over; he did the same for a momma duck and her ducklings. The kids were never allowed to kill spiders and had to carry them outside in a tissue. He was proud of putting all three of his children through Oregon State University and loved the Beavers. He was also very proud of his Cherokee heritage. He collected Indian paintings and artifacts and read all that he could get his hands on regarding American Indians. One of his favorite legends was about a spirit, "She Who Watches" and the last quote in the story, "So, do good and live well. She watches."
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Tina; children Julie Davis Beck of Portland, Jan Davis Wolz of Salem, Ore., and Patrick Davis of Portland; sons-in-law Craig Beck and Gary Wolz; daughter-in-law Lorraine Davis; grandchildren Tyler Wolz; Jordan Davis, Kendall Davis and Alec Davis; brother Harold Davis and sister-in-law Elaine Davis of Rainier, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews. His mother died when he was two years old. He was also preceded in death by his father Clyde and stepmother Thelma, who had raised him since his early childhood.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 27 at the Rainier Church of God, 321 West "C" Street. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.