Obituary: Glen Barry Davis '76


Glen B. Davis of San Diego, CA, died on 7 September, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer and eventual heart failure. He was 62 years old. Glen hailed from Kansas City, MO, where he was born July 20, 1954. He attended KC Southwest High School, where he was a member of the Varsity Swim Team and Senior Class President. He received an appointment from Missouri to the U.S. Naval Academy, and joined the Class of 1976. Initially considering extending his swimming career with the Naval Academy swim team, he opted instead to change course and became involved with the various organized social activities at the Academy, eventually becoming the Brigade Social Committee Chairman as well as Class Vice President in his senior year. Glen graduated in 1976 with Twentieth Company with a BS in International Security Affairs. Upon graduation, Glen's initial plans to become a helicopter pilot gave way to an opportunity to serve in the Surface Navy on USS Ranger (CV 61), home ported at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA. His duties included: Public Affairs, Training Officer and Deck Officer. Upon completion of his Navy commitment, Glen joined the high-tech industry working in Production Supervisor, Sales Engineer and Program Manager positions for companies that included Texas Instruments, Intel Corporation and Litton Electron Devices Division. Initially starting in Texas, he later settled in and called California home, primarily enjoying time in both the San Francisco/Bay Area and San Diego areas. In his later years, Glen focused his talents and energy in social work for the homeless and disadvantaged through senior leadership positions with several government and non-profit organizations. Always one to stretch the limits to accomplish a task, and just because they were the limits, Glen always found a way to help those in need. More recently, he had focused more on helping homeless veterans. In his off time, Glen continued to enjoy his personal passion, the Arts, extensively volunteering at local theaters in both the San Francisco and San Diego areas, and most recently at the Sundance Film Festival. Friends, classmates, and family will always remember him as dedicated to them, and always willing to help out. Fondly, one came to expect the unexpected from Glen, and to do so with a smile! He is predeceased by his father, Jack Carlson Davis, and mother, Phyllis (Mitzi) Ileana Davis (nee Lakin). He is survived by his sisters, Normandy Davis and Kathryn (Davis) Starnes, and brothers Brett C. Davis and Edgar B. Davis. Glen's nieces and nephews included his brother Brett's children: Kirsten Tyne Davis (and her children Ashton Davis-Stout, and Dorian Tonik), Alex Davis, and Celia (Davis) Morgan; and Normandy's: Kathryn (Davis) Steiner and Jack W. Shedd. Celebrations of Life is planned in San Diego Oct. 23, at Martini's above Fourth. (Contact dorisborg@gmail.com for details) and Kansas City on Oct. 7, 7:30- closing at "Charlie Hoopers", 12 W. 63rd Street, Kansas City, Mo. Contributions in Glen's memory can be made to the Fraternity House - http://fraternityhouse- inc.org/blog/donate/

Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 7, 2016