The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 16, 2014

Donald Ervin Davis

— Donald Ervin Davis, 68, formerly of Mankato, passed away July 3, 2014 at his home in Peoria, AZ. Donald was born June 27, 1946 to Ervin and Hazel (Marzinske) Davis in Mankato, MN. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1964. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed In Barbers Point, Hawaii and Iwakuni, Japan. In May 1966 he Married Donna (Greve) in Aurora, SD. Together they had 3 children. After 11 years of marriage, they divorced.  In 1985 he married Diane (Byrum) in Owatonna, MN, he adopted her daughter (Denise) and they moved to Phoenix, AZ.  After 13 years of marriage, they divorced. In January of 1999, he married Sandra (Jacobson) in Phoenix, AZ, settling in Peoria, AZ where they retired. Throughout his life, he was employed by Honeymead, South Dakota State University, and managed various apartment complexes while living in Owatonna, MN and Phoenix, AZ. He enjoyed a good game of darts and pool but his greatest love was the outdoors spending time fishing and hunting.

  He is survived by his wife Sandra, Peoria, AZ, his children, Doug (Stephanie) Davis, Lakeville, MN; Deborah (John) Foster,  Minnesota Lake, MN; Delaine Carleton, Mapleton, MN; and Denise (Aldwin) Dilla, St. Paul, MN; his sisters, Audrey Fischer of Janesville, MN;  and Janet (Ronald) Pufpaff, St. Peter, MN, along with 8 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Hazel Davis, brother-in-law Peter Fischer, and niece Brenda Borgartz.

  Visitation will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10:00am-11:00am at the Beauford United Methodist Church on Hwy 22, Mapleton, MN. Immediately following the visitation, a private Memorial Service officiated by Pastor Clinton F. Firstbrook, III will be held for the immediate family.

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