Theron L. Davis

Theron L. Davis

Theron L. Davis

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)).

Web-Obit-Veteran-FlagHe 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.”

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One Response to Theron L. Davis

  1. Ray Fritz July 22, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), we offer our most sincere condolences and sympathy to Carolyn, Bill (Lynda), Russ (Marina), Paul (Tonya), Craig (Robyn), Sarah (Andy), and all of CAPT Davis’s family and friends in this time of sorrow and grief. God bless you with peace, comfort you, and heal your broken hearts. We are especially thankful for Theron’s courageous service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service on the USS Sea Owl SS-405, the USS Jack SSN-605, and the USS George Bancroft SSBN-643. To our “Brother of the Dolphin” we say … "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country."
    So, heavenly Father add his name to the roll
    Of our departed shipmates still on patrol.
    Let them know that we who survive
    Will always keep their memories alive.

    Bless those who serve beneath the deep,
    Through lonely hours their vigil keep.
    May peace their mission ever be!
    Protect each one, we ask of Thee.
    Bless those at home who wait and pray
    For their return by night and day.

    Theron Davis, LCDR (SS), US Navy retired, Now on Eternal Patrol.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate
    His record is now posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

    Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

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