Mr. Theron L. Davis, 79, a resident of Oroville, Washington, went home to live with Jesus on June 6, 2014.
He was born in Mount Vernon, Washington February 13, 1935 the only child of William R. ‘Bill’ and Madonna ‘Donnie’ M. (Schroeder) Davis. He attended school in Edison and Burlington and graduated from Burlington-Edison H.S. in 1953.
He enlisted the U.S. Navy in January 1955 and attended electronics school and served on the USS Prairie (AD-15) as an Electronics Technician. During this tour he made an around the world cruise and visited many ports of call. In 1958, he married Jane Anderson, and in 1959, he attended the University of Washington under a Navy scholarship program, graduating with a BSEE in 1963. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1963 and attended Nuclear Power and Submarine schools and completed initial Submarine Qualification on the diesel submarine Sea Owl (SS-405). In the remainder of his 21 year career in the Navy, he served as training officer at the reactor prototype in West Milton, New York and aboard the fast attack submarine, USS Jack (SSN-605) and the ballistic missile submarine, USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643(G)).
He retired from the Navy in 1975 and settled in Richland, Washington where he served as a manager with Siemens Power Corp. in the Information Services group until his retirement in 1995. In 1997 he moved to Oroville, Washington where he married High School era soul mate, Carolyn (Osborne) Walker in 1999.
Theron was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Oroville. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, traveling, his children, and the joy of Gods’ creation. He also enjoyed the study of family history and compiled a genealogy of “A Davis Family in North America”.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, previous wife Jane, sons Bill (Lynda) Ellis-Davis of Lookout Mountain, Georgia; Russ (Marina) Priesnitz-Davis of Bethesda, Maryland; Paul (Tonya) Dubbin-Davis of Kennewick, Wash.; Craig (Robyn) Rosemeyer-Davis of Kennewick and daughter Sarah (Andy) Prein of Kennewick and 18 grandchildren; and 12 step-children and their families.
Theron requested that there be no visitation for viewing.
“There is a port of no return where ship’s may ride at anchor for a little space.
And then some starless night the cable slips leaving only an eddy at the mooring place.
Gulls veer no longer, Sailor rest your oar. No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.”