Donald Rogers Davis


Donald Rogers Davis


Donald Davis
Donald Davis

Donald Rogers Davis, 81, of Billings passed away at Valley Health Care on Thursday, September 6. Donald was born in Billings on December 8, 1930, the son of Hoyt and Ruth Davis. He was raised in the family home in Billings and graduated from Billings High School in 1948. Don served in The Marine Corps, 1951-1954, playing in the band stationed in San Francisco and Hawaii.

Don married Earlene Cooley on June 9, 1957. Don worked in the plumbing and heating business starting with Crane Co., then started his own business with partners. Don was an accomplished trumpet player known by many for his talent. He performed in the Billings Symphony, as well as Doc’s Tailgate Dixieland Band. He also performed in various dance bands around Billings.
Don was interested in all things mechanical. Always ensuring everything was in working order. He had a special friendship with his brother-in-law, John Cooley, sharing many good times together.
Don loved his family immensely dedicating himself to their well being.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Earlene; and sister Ailene Shaffer. He is survived by his sons Scott (Razel) and Skyler of Billings, sister-in-law Carol Rowe of Dallas, TX, and sister-in-law Mary Cooley of Musselshell, MT, and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in Billings at 1:00pm on Thursday, September 13, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, with burial to follow at Mountview Cemetery. The casket will be open for visitation on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8a.m. – 5 p.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Avenue, and prior to the funeral at the church on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 North 27th Street, Billings, MT or the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. My Dear, Dear Uncle Don,
    Thank you for so many cherished special memories and thank you for being who you were, always happy, always interested and always there.
    Until we meet again…

    Dear Scott & Skyler,
    There are no words…just know that my heart is heavy and I’m sending you love. May you find comfort in your memories and that he is reunited with your Mother and all that have gone before him.
    Wishing you peace…
    Much love,

  2. In rememberance of my dear old friend and colleague, Donnie Davis,

    I so often think of all the music we played together over the years as I listen to the recordings of our many concerts. I probably learned more about the trumpet by sitting next to Don than from any formal education I ever received. His musical leadership in any ensemble he played was extradorinary and appreciated by his fellow musicians more than he could have ever known. So many stories, so many great times. He was a tried and true friend and will never, ever, be forgotton by those of us who knew him and loved him.
    God bless you Don Davis, and please save a spot for me in Gabriel’s Big Band where you are no doubt playing the lead book.

    With fond memories,

    Noel Collins

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