Idaho State Journal, 09/05/12
MALAD — Melvin Jeffrey Davis passed away in Samaria, Idaho, on August 31, 2012. He was born to Emma Louise and Melvin Joseph Davis on October 14, 1959, in Ogden, Utah. He grew up in Samaria, Idaho, and graduated from Malad High School. He attended Utah State University for one year before serving a two-year mission in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He finished his undergraduate studies at Utah State University and attended medical school at the University of Washington. He joined and proudly served in the United States Army for 11 years. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Letterman Medical Center in San Francisco, California.
While in medical school, he married his eternal companion, Lisa Cluff in the Logan, Utah, Temple on December 27, 1985. He and his family were stationed in Germany for four years before settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He often traveled to the family homestead in Samaria, and farming was his passion.
He loved working on the ranch, and it was there that he died. Like his late father, Jeff was a gifted teacher. He lived and taught by example. He was especially fond of teaching visitors about his tree and water projects on the ranch. Jeff was fiercely patriotic, and an avid reader of history. He loved hard work in the outdoors. He was very active in the Church, and was serving as Bishop of the Academy Ward when he died. He was a devoted husband and father, and was known for his gentle love and concern for the people in his life.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife Lisa; his four children, Emily Beth, Matthew Jeffrey, Erin Elizabeth, and M. Joseph; his mother, Emma Louise Chambers of Samaria, Idaho; and his sister, Jacqueline Bowles of Ogden, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2012, with a viewing at 4 p.m. in the LDS Chapel, 5375 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs, followed by the funeral at 6 p.m. Another viewing and military tribute will be held at the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 West 300 North, Malad City, Idaho, on Friday September 7, 2012, from 10:30-12:00 noon, with the burial following at the Davis Ranch.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a trust fund which will be established for the Davis children. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome