Eugene C. Davis
Eugene “ Gene” C. Davis of Bruneau, ID, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. He was born on Nov. 12, 1924, to Perle and Hilda Davis in Canyonville, OR. His family moved to Kuna in 1929 where they farmed. They moved to Homedale in 1942 when his father took out a homestead. Davis and his older brother Don stayed out of school for one year to help clear brush.
After graduation from Adrian High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded. He received the Purple Heart and Silver Star Medals for his service to his country.
Upon his return from Europe, Davis married Letty Bronson on Dec. 7, 1946. They were blessed with three children, Jeanne, Carla Suzanne, and Eric Roland. They moved from Homedale to Bruneau in 1950. Davis, along with his brother Don and father Perle, established Perle Davis and Sons. In 1959, they merged with William I. Turner & Sons and formed Bruneau Cattle Company. He was in the ranching business for the rest of his life and cherished every moment.
Davis was honored to serve as president of the Owyhee Cattlemen’s Association, the Idaho Cattlemen’s Association, Cattle-Fax, the U of I Agricultural Consulting Council, and as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee. He also served as commander and chaplain of Bruneau American Legion Post #83, chairman of the Boise District Grazing Advisory Board, Boise District Multiple Use Advisory Board, Bruneau-Grand View School District Board, Bruneau River Soil Conservation District, and the Owyhee County ASCS Committee. Davis was also a director of the Western Idaho PCA and the American National Cattlemen’s Association, and served on the 12th District Farm Credit Board. He represented Idaho on the National Public Lands Council. In 1964, Davis and his brother Don were both named District 2 “Grassman of the Year.” He was inducted into the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame and the Northern International Livestock Exposition Hall of Fame. He also received an award of merit for outstanding service to agriculture by the University of Idaho chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society. He was recognized by the Idaho Cattle
Association as Cattleman of the Year and Cattle Feeder of the Year. Most recently, he was honored by the Western States Hereford Association as Cattleman of the Year.
Davis is survived by his wife Letty; his daughters Jeanne Gannon and Carla and her husband Chuck Locuson; his son Eric and wife Pam Davis; grandchildren, Curtis (Jinney Smith) Gannon, Patrick Gannon, Matthew (Andrea) Locuson, Chuck Locuson II, Jeremy (Kate) Mink, and Erica Davis; great-grandchildren, Hillary and Shannon Murphy and Drayton Mink; brothers, Don (Pat) Davis, Frank (Tally) Davis, Dick (Joyce) Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob, sister-in-lawn Helen, sister Francie Newman, brother-in-law Clyde Newman, and sonin-law Tom Gannon. He was loved dearly and we will miss the twinkle in his bright blue eyes.
The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to the wonderful team at The Cottages in Mtn. Home for their devoted and loving care of “Cowboy.” A funeral service with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #83 was held at the Bruneau Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Bruneau American Legion Post #83, 29766 Davis Road, Bruneau, ID 83604, the Bruneau QRU, P.O. Box 294, Bruneau, ID 83604, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, 9110 East Nichols Ave., Ste. 300, Centennial, CO 80112, or your favorite charity.