Idaho Statesman, 10/02/17
James "Jim" Pierce Davis
11/28/1948 - 9/22/2017
James "Jim" Pierce Davis (also known as Bosco Davis) passed peacefully on September 22, 2017 after a quick and dirty battle with cancer. Cancer sucks that simple. Jim would also say, "Trump sucks more."
Jim was born November 30th, 1948 in Malad, ID. The third son and ninth child of Joe and Lenna (Thomas) Davis. Jim had, what many would say, an idyllic childhood. He spent days upon days playing outside with his siblings, cousins and many friends. Causing trouble and making memories. He was the neighborhood kid that everyone knew and everyone liked. He was the "Davis kid" that you wanted your son to be friends with and daughter to date.
Growing up Jim was given many different nicknames. When he was a little kid he was called Jiminey Cricket, sometimes shortened to Jiminey. His young nieces and nephews thought that was his real name for many years. When he was in Jr High he acquired the nickname of "Bosco". He loved going to the Rexall to visit his mother at work and enjoy a Bosco Chocolate Milk. The name was so synonymous with Jim, his younger sister became "Bosco's little sister", instead of Anne.
Jim was very musically gifted. He played many instruments in the high school and performed and competed in many singing competitions. He was asked to sing throughout the Greater Malad valley, at events like the high school proms, wedding receptions, and funerals. His beautiful tenor voice was something he would say he had because of Welsh heritage, Jim would say "All the great singers are Welsh."
Soon after graduating high school in 1967, Jim joined the US Navy. He served our country and got to see the world. He loved his time in the service, visiting faraway places and meeting so many new people. He loved sharing stories of his family and his home, Idaho, with the crew. He was proud of his heritage, always pointing out when Idaho potatoes where being loaded on to the ship.
After the service, Jim returned to Idaho to take care of family and start his career in IT at the State Auditor's office. This is where he met his soon to be wife, Blenda Golay. The two were married on September 17, 1977.
When asked what his greatest accomplishment was, Jim always said "My four children." Jim loved being a dad. He was tested many times as a father, but he always remained steadfast in his love for each one of his children and was very proud of the people they became.
Many people would say that Jim's greatest talent was his green thumb. Jim was known throughout his North End neighborhood for his beautiful garden. He lovingly cared for roses, lilacs, dahlias, and other beautiful flowers that surrounded his home. He loved cutting the flowers for his wife, Blenda, to make floral arrangements. He always had a large bounty of berries, tomatoes, corn, peppers, and cucumbers each summer and fall. In retirement, Jim became an avid canner making jams, jellies, syrups, and salsa.
Jim will be remembered for being gentle and kind. For his intelligence and his strong point of view. He was politically savvy and could tell you what was happening in the world and how it mirrored past events. As a history buff and being so well read - Jim shared facts easily with those who were just as curious. He never missed a daily newspaper and in retirement, the History Channel and Daily news shows were watched frequently. He also loved "debating" friends and foes on Facebook these last few years. Jim found power in knowledge.
In 2014, Jim's final wish was granted with the birth of his grandchild, Lenna Pernell Arthurs. He was overjoyed to have a granddaughter share the name of his loving mother.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Blenda (Golay) Davis of 40 years, daughters Emily Davis Arthurs (Joe, Lenna, 3) and Hannah Davis, son William James Davis, sister Anne Davis-Schenk, brother Timothy "Fred" Davis, and many nieces, nephews and good friends. Jim said goodbye to many family members over the years, most notably his first son Joseph Aaron Davis.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends on October 10, 2017 at Bowman Funeral Home, 10254 W Carlton Bay, Garden City, Idaho starting at 11:00 am. A final resting service will be held immediately after at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Idaho Public Television or your local PBS station in honor of Jim Davis. Jim loved educational TV and always encouraged others to learn as much as they could for as long as they could.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 2017