Dr. Eugene Davis
Date Of Birth: 06/02/1931
Date of Death: 06/03/2021
Gene Davis was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on June 2nd, 1931 to William and Carrie Bell Davis, the sixth of seven children. At the age of five his parents moved with him and his two youngest brothers from their homestead in Wisconsin to Hillsboro, Oregon.
Gene Davis lived a life full of adventure. When he was 14 years old he worked in Tillamook as part of the Victory Farm Volunteers. While working on these farms he developed his love of animals and veterinary medicine. He moved to Mt Vernon his senior year of high school so he could attend the College of Veterinary Medicine as a Washington resident. He met Vivian in October of 1951 at an Episcopal Church Youth meeting which he attended because he “liked pretty girls and good food”. They were married September 15, 1952.
Gene became a veterinarian in 1957 and worked with the same veterinarian who had made the rounds in Tillamook. Gene eventually went on to own four vet clinics – The McLoughlin Pet Clinic, Main Street Pet Clinic, Capitol Hill Veterinary Hospital, and the Beaverton Pet Clinic. He was a born entrepreneur, adventurer, and businessman who took part in many ventures including an ownership stake in the Centennial Queen steamship in 1959, hunting the Lost Dutchman’s mine in Arizona in 1961, running a lumber company in Portland after the Columbus Day storm in 1962, several successful forays into property development… the list goes on and on – Gene was often running multiple money-making enterprises at once. He has been active every day of his life and was still working on the property development side of his business until the day of his passing.
Gene Davis gave his whole heart and soul to Christ in 1956 and by the 1960’s was finding ways to love God and make His love known to others with the same passion and reckless abandon he put into everything he did. He was active in Youth Adventures, taking boys from the McLaren maximum detention hall in Oregon on wildlife adventures to Bootjack Lake. Gene and Vivian ran marriage ministries and discipleship programs. They took in foster kids, and brought revival to the hippie commune on Cooper Mountain. By the 70’s they were supporting a community ministry for youth hosting up to 125 young people in their own home on Tuesday nights. During this time Gene developed a true gift for supporting the work of the people around him, often his own family. He would always say “You can get a lot done for Christ if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
Dr Eugene Davis has a large family. Depending on who you ask, Gene and Vivian have eleven children, 33 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two on the way.
By the late 70’s Gene shifted his focus onto international missions. An early board member for the US Center for World Missions, Gene started his work in Africa. However, within only a couple years, God moved his heart to India where he would spend the rest of his life among his adopted people. He established and supported church planting, Vacation Bible schools, women’s literacy programs, mobile hospitals, food programs, urban farming, Bible translation efforts, and anything else that might help people experience the gospel of Christ in their own native language in their own tribes and villages. He saw the fruits of his labor in his own lifetime, and there are now tens of millions in the Kingdom of God because of his efforts.
There are too many aspects of Gene Davis’s life to record here. He loved well and was well loved. He served Christ, and now he is with Christ. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, all of his children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren – and countless spiritual children.
A private family funeral service will be held on June 10th beginning at 10:30am at Father’s House Ministries. Gene will be laid to rest at Mountainside Cemetery. There will be a memorial service on July 6th at 5pm at Living Hope Fellowship in Beaverton.
2 Tim 4: 6-8
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord will award me on that day. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”