Jeff Davis, 47, of Grays River, Wash., died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 in Grays River.

He was born Nov. 11, 1960 in Bend to Robert and Lillian Davis. His father survives, residing in Seaside. His mother died earlier.

Mr. Davis was raised in Warrenton and graduated with the class of 1979. One of his greatest achievements in high school was going to the Oregon state wrestling competition.

In 1982, Mr. Davis married Tara Scheuner. They later divorced.

He later married Melissa Korte.

Among the trades he mastered were welder, pipe fitter and deckhand. Family members said he was proud of earning his 500 ton master's license which enabled him to own his own boats and operate others. For the past six years he was employed by Ferrell Gas in Long Beach, Wash.

Mr. Davis enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors with his family and friends. Family members said his idea of paradise was crabbing, gillnetting, wrestling crab pots or getting salmon out of a gillnet. He traveled the waters from Alaska to the mouth of the Columbia River.

In addition to his father, Mr. Davis is survived by three sons, Troy and Hayden Davis of Grays River and Justin Davis of North Pole, Alaska; two daughters, Nicole Adams of Aberdeen, Wash., and Kayla Simmons of Anchorage, Alaska; three grandchildren, Trinity and Thomas Simmons and Cora Davis all of Alaska; one niece, Octavia Burnett; and one nephew Scott Korte.

A celebration of life was held Saturday.

Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, Wash., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jeff Davis Memorial fund in care of Kayla Simmons at local branches of KeyBank.

An online guestbook is at www.penttilaschapel.com.

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