Judson Davis

Judson Patrick Davis

Monday, December 17th, 1945 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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Judson Patrick (Pat or J. Pat) Davis, 74, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away April 11, 2020 due to complications following lung surgery. J. Pat was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 17, 1945 to Judson and Marion (Fowler) Davis. At the end of WWII his parents settled in Holland, Michigan. During this time J. Pat attended Barbour Hall school in Kalamazoo and St. Francis de Sales. The family moved to Grand Rapids in the early 1950's where Pat attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary and graduated from Creston High School in 1964. During these years, J. Pat made many great friends, of whom he remained in contact with until his death. He enjoyed his regular Tuesday morning breakfasts with his childhood friends Carl, Dave, Fred, Gary, Larry, and Rick. These get-togethers brought him great joy over the years. After graduating from Creston, he chose to follow many of his friends into the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and later joined the Marine Corps Reserves.

While he continued his time with the Marine Corps Reserves, J. Pat also took classes at Davenport College and Ferris State University, worked at Lincoln School in Grand Rapids, and in 1979 he married the love of his life, Kara Myaard. J. Pat worked as the purchasing agent for his father's business, Davis, Inc. from the 1970’s through the early 1990’s. He later forged out on his own and operated a private trucking company, Blue Jay Way, until his retirement. J. Pat was a loyal and outspoken American and firearm enthusiast who truly loved his country and his family. He was also the best of big brothers to his four younger siblings.

Pat was blessed with children, Carla VanValkenburg of Grand Lake, CO, Sara (James) Lewis of Cedar Springs, Aaron (Peichi) Davis of Tainan City, Taiwan, and son-in-law Steven VanValkenburg of Grand Rapids, as well as grandchildren Brooke and Lauren VanValkenburg, Julian and Alana Lewis, and Leona Davis. They will all miss his presence as will his siblings, Judith Davis Schildroth of Grand Rapids, Francesca (Raymond) Kisor of Grand Rapids, Christopher R. Davis of Newaygo, and sister in-law Nancy Tuuk (Geoffrey) Davis of Grand Rapids. Uncle Pat will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews Dr. Genevieve Schildroth, Sgt. Jed (Jenny) Schildroth, Patricia (Frank) Melchert and all the little Melcherts, Frankie, Allison and Johnny, Will and Sophie Davis, John VerWey (Dea Schafer) and his many cousins the Kendalls and McNiffs. He will also be greatly missed by his dear friend Tim (Shanannigans) Shannahan who shared many memorable lunches with Pat at Trini's, his long-time pal and CPA Bill Wheeler, brother-in-law James (Inna) Myaard, sister-in-law Mara McLaughlin, and many other friends and extended family members.

J. Pat was preceded in death by his parents Judson and Marion Davis, brother Geoffrey Davis, grandparents Maurice and Martha Davis, grandmother Francis Riordan Fowler, Aunt Betty and Uncle Oscar Kendall, cousin Nancy McNiff Morgenstern, much admired cousin Captain Jack MacKercher, USN., brother-in-law, Mark Myaard, and life-long best friend, Bob Smith.

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In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Lung Association or Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
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Bradley Plaat

Posted at 08:57am
My fondest memory of Pat, was the summer of 2017, my father and I, drove from Texas to Michigan. We went with the intent to spend time with family, and made sure some of it was spent at the shooting range in Dorr, MI. Pat was with us, blasting clay pigeons and laughing with everyone (Myself, Norman ((my father)), and Norm ((my Grandfather). As life would happen, it was the last time all of us were together. I will always remember that day, as one of the best in my life.

Until the day of his death, I called Pat while he was in the hospital several times a week. Sometimes, we would talk for half an hour, others a few minutes. He always said how much he loves his family, and that he misses every one of you.

Thank you, to your entire family, for allowing Pat to be a part of my life and may these following days be spent reflecting fondly of the good times you had together.

Ron & Connie Krueger

Posted at 07:47pm
Pat is a dear friend and former neighbor to us when he and Kara lived on Bailey Dr NE, in Vergennes Township, MI. His children were friends with our children. The first time we met Pat we were visiting our property across the street from where he lived. He came right over to introduce himself along with his large dog, Jake. They were both very friendly, even Jake especially when he lifted his leg & said "HI" to our 4 year old daughter Leah. I'm glad we got to see him & talk to him on the phone these last few weeks. We've had 30 years of memories with Pat & we will surely miss him!

Paula Feutz

Posted at 06:05pm
I am so very sorry on the loss of your father. I was one of his friends on face book .I also went to Creston..Pat and I would argue about Don Trump LOL He was always a gentleman and very respectful.. I will miss him.. I wish I had known he was sick.. I would have given him a hard time because I also had a uncle Judson ,I cared about very much.. RIP J.Pat, Paula Feutz

Paula Feutz

Posted at 05:56pm
I sure will miss him on face book...We did not agree about many things but he was always a gentleman.. RIP Pat. Paula Tryon- Feutz

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