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Douglas Dean Davis

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 6, 2015 @ 5:13 pm In Obituaries | 12 Comments

Douglas Dean Davis, 63, of Dillsburg died Monday, January 5 2015 after a brief illness.  He was preceded in death by his life partner of Cynthia Gulage Dagen.

Born in Lewistown, PA, on April 25, 1951, he was the son of Joyce Metzger Davis and the late Dean Doyle Davis.   In addition to his mother, Douglas is survived by two sisters Beverly Davis Parmer (Dale K. Parmer) of Millersville, and Diane Joyce Davis (Debra J. Kilpatrick) of Essex Jct., VT; and two nieces Devica and Deanna of Essex Jct., VT.  In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Doyle Davis.

He was a graduate of Manheim Township High School and obtained a B.S. in English and Communications from Millersville University.  Douglas served as an English teacher for 27 years as a teacher for York Suburban High School.

An accomplished guitarist and banjo picker, Doug played with local area bands in the Susquehanna Valley among them were Gypsy Blue, Solid Gold, and the Red Vino and the Winers.

In his spare time he enjoyed swimming and fishing at Assateague Island and Buck Lake Ontario and in his younger years was an Eagle Scout and a camp counselor and aquatic instructor at Camp Chiquatan and Camp Mack.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.  Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to Vickie’s Angel Foundation, 511Bridge St., P.O. Box 174, New Cumberland, PA 17070.


Condolences for the family of “Douglas Dean Davis”

Condolence from Mike Boyer on January 7th, 2015 7:43 pm

Sorry for your loss, I will never forget the phrase “you can kill two stones with one bird.”

Condolence from Judy Dilling on January 7th, 2015 9:24 pm

I taught at York Suburban HS with Doug and grew to know him one year when a group of us shared the same planning period. We all enjoyed our love of coffee and looked forward each morning to Doug’s colorful critiques of each brand and bold flavor of the coffees we each took turns purchasing. He added his own flavor of comments that always brought smiles and joy the first thing each morning. I will miss him.

Condolence from Debbie Parmer Ballard on January 8th, 2015 5:31 pm

So sorry for for my sister-in-law’s and family’s loss of brother Doug. I have never met him, but he sounds like a wonderful person,and Bev’s brother and he loved music+the outdoors. My heart and prayers go out to you Beverly and all the family of Doug. May God comfort you all. Love you. Debbie and Tim. xo Golden Co.

Condolence from Darren M. Parmer on January 9th, 2015 8:24 am

Bev,
Let us know if there is anything we can do to make this less painful for you and your family. Prayers for peace and comfort coming your way!

Love ya,
Darren & Julie and the rest of the kiddos!

Condolence from Jocelyn Hillman on January 9th, 2015 10:46 am

I am so sorry for your loss! I had Mr. Davis as my 12th grade English teacher (Class of ’96) and he was by far the best English teacher I ever had. He was tough, but saw potential in each of his students and pushed us to be bigger and better. His purpose and passion were teaching, and he certainly got an A++ from me and so many other students. He will forever remain in my memory (and heart) as a teacher and class that I enjoyed immensely <3

Condolence from Jacob Gerwig on January 9th, 2015 11:13 am

I am very sorry for your loss. I was a student of Mr. Davis or king Davis as he was known to his students. I am greatly sadden to hear of his passing. I owe a great deal of what I have ever learned about English to this great man. He even inspired a love of reading books, that has been passed down to my children. I have nothing but the greatest and fondest memories of this outstanding teacher and man. I will be praying for you and your family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Mark Butler on January 9th, 2015 12:12 pm

I will never forget Mr Davis’ jokes and antics in English class at York Suburban. I am saddened to hear of the loss of a great man. May his kind spirit shine down to all his family and friends; and may we never forget the laughter he gave us. RIP, Mr Davis!

Condolence from Justin Krebs (YSHS Class of 93) on January 10th, 2015 9:55 am

English was far from my favorite subject in school, but Mr. Davis was a great teacher and I loved his class. He was quite the character and had an obvious passion for his job. I’ve thought about his class often over the years. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Condolence from Pat Gann on January 11th, 2015 12:15 am

While math always came easy, I was striving to keep up in the “Advanced” classes in school, especially English. When I finally recognized my limitations, I dropped to normal “CP” (college prep) courses and landed in 11th grade English with Mr. Davis.
The man single-handedly taught me everything I was missing, and in the most wonderfully dry and entertaining ways, about grammar, literature, and research. My term paper was on HUAC (McCarthyism), a subject that I wouldn’t have had the patience for trying to understand in previous English classes … but with Mr. Davis goading me on, I finally hit that “love of learning” stage in English that kept with me and allowed me to enter the Honors Colleges of Belmont & Eastern Universities.
I miss this teacher a great deal. I owe him quite a lot. I told him in a card when I graduated high school. I wish I’d had a chance to tell him one more time.

Condolence from Karen Gifford on January 12th, 2015 1:05 pm

Joyce, Diane & Bev,
I read this in the news too late to attend the funeral. So very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. The Gifford family sends our thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

Condolence from Dan Dillard on January 20th, 2015 3:53 pm

Many fond memories of time together in Scout Camp staffs and singing an picking together thru our college years as “Doug, Dan & Malia”, a knock-off of PP&M. I will miss my friend an guitar teacher.

Condolence from Gregg Overmeyer on January 20th, 2015 4:32 pm

The world has lost a talented man. Doug and I were Camp Chiquetan Staff members during the summer of ’68. Doug was my tent-mate. His skill with the guitar and banjo was a magnet that drew others to our little corner of the camp. Although we lost touch after our Millersville college days, I thought about him often. Rest in Peace, Old Friend.

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