In Loving Memory: Reginald Valin Davis Sr.
Reginald Valin Davis Sr., was born on January 26, 1928 and passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on January 6, 2014. Reggie was a proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, a family man, and friend to many. Born in Hoopa, he was very proud of his Native Heritage and family was everything to him.
Reggie graduated from Arcata High School in 1946 where he was a star athlete before joining the Navy at the tail end of World War II shortly after graduation. Reggie was very proud of his military service and often spoke fondly of his times stationed in both Hawaii and Japan. He served as a gunner on the “Heavy Cruiser” known as the USS Fall River and in 2011 took part in the “Honor Flight Program” traveling to Washington DC with his good friend Fred “Bulldog” Sundberg whom he joined with and other Vets. During this time Reggie and his comrades were given a hero’s welcome at all the major memorials in Washington DC and upon their arrival home.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Reggie moved home to Hoopa where he met and married the love of his life Ethel Ruth Marshall (Davis). Together they had 6 children and built a happy home together with their own hands. This is something that Reggie was very proud of.
Reggie was a hard-working man throughout his life and worked as a Timber faller, Mill Boss, and Tribal Council Member. He also led the Tribe’s “Man Power” program as well as the bi-centennial program. He was known as a “man’s man” and never hesitated to tell anybody what was on his mind. He also had a great love of sports and competition which he passed down to his children and grandchildren. During his time at Arcata High he was the starting running back and “main man” according to his good friend and school mate Jack Lindstrand. He was also always proud of the fact that he made the “Heavyweights” basketball team (Varsity) as a freshman. He also excelled in Baseball and all of his children were good athletes. This also continued with his grandchildren. Reggie rarely ever missed any one of his 21 grand children’s games. Whether it was: traveling to the Bay Area for Section playoff games, traveling to the far reaches of Siskiyou County for games, hauling team members to Reno for basketball tournaments, hauling his grandsons to compete in Rodeos all over Humboldt County, or stepping up to coach youth basketball for his grandsons, Reggie was always there for them. He was also one of the original members of the Hoopa Recreation Committee and was on the “ground floor” in the establishment of the Hoopa All Indian Basketball Tournament which is a huge fundraiser for local youth and will celebrate its 53rd year this March. In 2009, he was recognized by Six Rivers Youth Football at their championship games at Humboldt State along with his son Dean for their more than 10 years of service to Hoopa Youth Football. In that same year, he was also honored as the Grand Marshall in the Hoopa Sovereign Days Parade. He also built the first grandstand at the Little League Field in Hoopa.
Reggie was preceded in Death by his parents Libby and Herman Sherman Sr., and Valin Davis I. Also, by his sons Reginald Jr. “Babe”, Deanie, and Rayme Davis as well his unborn daughter “Rory”. Also by his sister Phylis Davis, brother Arnold “Jimbo” Davis and granddaughter Shana Gatlin. He leaves behind his wife Ethel Ruth Davis, son Rick Davis (Renee) daughters Robin Reed (Ron) and Raylyne Davis as well as his brother Herman Sherman Sr., and wife Pat. Also, his grandchildren: Jay Jay, Jason, Janelle (Asa), Ronny Jr., Charley, and Ryan Reed, Aaron, Arlen, and Talon Williams, Samantha Norton, Joseph Lewis, Stormie Lewis, Angela, Joe, Nancy, Crystal (Dave), April (Mike), and Ronny Dean Davis Jr., Melissa Kane (Curtice), Rayme Lee Davis and grandson-soon- to -be Jonah Davis.He also leaves behind his great-grandchildren: Allen and Alise “Bunny” Kane, Natalia and Alexa Williams, Dawn, kim, Jayden, and Jacinda Reed, Alicia Donahue, Chase, Finnigan, and, Zoe Gatlin, and McKenzie Robinson as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Reggie’s family would like to thank Mad River Hospital for their excellent care of Reggie during his final days as well as the Hoopa Tribe and Dr. Eva Smith for all of their support of Reggie. We love you so much Grandpa-Dad and we can’t wait to see you again!