In Memory

Rick Davis

Richard Kirk Davis, beloved husband, stepfather and grandfather (Pops), son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on Feb.13, 2021, at his home in Deer Park, WA, after a valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Paula, stepdaughter Veronica and grandson Alexander, both of Spokane, WA, one sister, Diane (David) Scott of Snowflake, AZ, one brother Tim (BJ) of Reno, NV, eight nieces and nephews and numerous other extended family members.

Rick was born June 5, 1952, in Pittsburgh, PA, the second child born to Richard and Ila Mae Davis, who created a loving home where he enjoyed a happy childhood. At the age of nine, he moved with his family to La Puente, CA.  After a year they moved to Tehachapi, CA, where Rick completed his remaining school years and graduated from Tehachapi High School.  He loved Tehachapi, it was always "home" to him, and where he made many lifelong friends and so many special memories.

After high school he attended Bakersfield College (BC) and was employed at Mercy Hospital where he acquired skills in Central Supply which served him well in securing future employment.

He married Paula Hillyard in 1984 at Zephyr Cove, NV, although they lived in Castro Valley, CA.  After ten years, they returned to Sparks, NV, and eventually settled in Deer Park, WA in 1997.  Rick retired from Deaconess Medical Center after  fourteen years as Lead Tech of the Central Service Dept.  He enjoyed his sterile processing work and made even more lifelong friends.

At the time of his passing, Rick was enjoying retirement with Paula.  He was a real "people person"; interested in others, a great listener and story teller, and was loved and respected by all who knew him.  He will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Rick's family


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02/16/21 09:54 AM #1    

Manuel Avila

Rick was a good friend from the time I came to Tehachapi. We lived down the street from each other from 7th grade to Junior year of high school when my parents moved and I lived with Coach and Phyllis Carll, Senior year. I only was able to see him during our Reunions after that. When we recontacted, his personality was basically the same as I remembered, always laughing and smiling, and it was refreshing. Because he lives on in our memories, he is never forgotten.

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