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Gary Lee Davis

Gary Lee Davis

June 17 1937 - September 18, 2016

Gary Lee Davis, 79, passed away September 18, 2016. He was born in Portland, Ore. to Alfred Joseph Davis and Addie Helen Nofsinger Davis. He attended Richardson grade school and Franklin High.

Gary was an exceptionally creative man. He showed his creative abilities at a very early age. While attending high school, he did part-time work designing and building window displays for Meier and Frank. His talent for that creative design work launched his career even before attending college. After high school he was summoned by a fellow worker to come to San Diego, Calif. to work in the display business.

Gary married Sally Galindo and had three beautiful daughters. While working several jobs he managed to earn his bachelor degree in fine arts at San Diego State College. Soon after hi graduation, he started his own manufacturing and design business. He became very well-known in the industry and worked throughout the United States. After years of hard work and much success, he was able to accomplish his goal of retiring before he was fifty. His children had grown up and he was single at that time, so he decided to relocate to Jacksonville, Ore. He found property on the Upper Applegate River and designed and built the home of his dreams.

Shortly after moving to Oregon, Gary met Bertie Alfrey, a local Realtor. They fell in love and on June 15, 1991 had a story-book wedding on a gazebo on their Applegate river property. They spent many years traveling, boating on the Applegate Lake, hosting kids and grandkids at their home, enjoying the ponds and gazebos, and a beach for bonfire, roasting hot dogs, and storytelling. Gary and Bertie lived for many years on the Applegate and spent their winters at their home in Indian Wells, Calif. They loved to entertain and had many elegant parties and other celebrations including several weddings on the grounds of the Applegate home. In 2001 they sold the river house and settled in Jacksonville close to town and loved living there when they weren’t spending winter months enjoying their home in Indian Wells. During his retirement in Oregon he was commissioned to design several homes for Oregon clients. He was known by his friends as a man who could design and build anything with creative ideas and genius applications.

Gary will be missed by so many who loved and admired him and his work. He took great pleasure in interpreting the needs of his clients and designing beautiful, forever homes for them.

Gary is survived his wife, Bertie; three daughters, Dianna, Lisa, and Kat; five grandchildren; three step-sons, Brad, Brian, and Bob Alfrey; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Verne; and sister, Sharon.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. November 12, 2016 at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions made to ACCESS Jackson County would be appreciated. 

Gary Lee Davis