Alphabetical Alumni
Davis, Gilbert Eugene

Davis, Gilbert Eugene
Boise, Idaho US

Gilbert and Susan Davis

Class of 1961. Gilbert E. Davis. He was born on January 3, 1942 in Marne, Michigan. BYU 1967. He passed away on March 8, 2007 in Boise, Idaho. ~ ~ ~ ~ Deseret News article: Idahoan's Homemade Plane May Have Been In Stealth Test. An Idaho man says he piloted his homemade flying wing aircraft into Hill Air Force Base in 1987 in what apparently was an unofficial test of any radar-eluding qualities possessed by the plane - similar in appearance to the new B-2 Stealth bomber. Gilbert E. Davis of Boise says the shape and construction of his aircraft, if not its 35-foot wingspan, is similar to the B-2 unveiled Tuesday by Northrop Corp. in California.Each essentially is two swept wings with a bulge in the middle for a cockpit. Both use composite structural materials where most airplanes are made of metals, although the multimillion-dollar bomber's synthetics certainly are more exotic than Davis' plastic foam and fiberglass. To a lesser extent, Davis' airplane resembles a picture of the F-117A Stealth fighter the Air Force has flown secretly at night in Nevada since 1983 but announced just two weeks ago. Stealth technology is supposed to help aircraft avoid detection by radar, allowing them to slip through enemy defenses. Just how the jet Stealth bomber and fighter are built to achieve this remains a secret of the Pentagon. But Davis said space-age composite materials like carbon fiber reflect less radar than metal, and a flying wing's slim, smooth profile further reduces bouncing signals. ``The flying wing is hard to detect on radar,'' he said in a telephone interview. Stealth is not what Davis had in mind when he designed and built his recreational machine as a prototype for a larger version he plans to sell in kit form. However, that apparently is what was tested at Hill a year after the plane was first propelled into flight by a snowmobile engine in 1986. Hill spokesman Len Barry did not know the exact reason for the June 1987 test, but said, ``Apparently, it did occur.'' Davis had been invited to speak about his flying wing at the annual convention of the Utah Pilots Association, which had a dinner in the base officers club on June 5, 1987. He said then-Maj. Gen. Robert P. McCoy, since promoted to the Air Force Logistics Command in Ohio, had let it be known he would be in the control tower at 8 a.m. that day. Davis said the word came down that the base commander wanted him to fly the radar approach. Although they were not told why, both Davis and his brother, Ross Davis of Murray, feel the only sensible reason was to see how the flying wing would appear on radar. The brothers approached from the north. Ross Davis, a former Army helicopter pilot, flew a metal, conventionally designed propeller airplane with a radio transponder emitting signals to help show its position. ``They did see me,'' Ross Davis said. About 50 feet off his right wing, Gilbert Davis knifed through the air in his thin, fiberglass-skinned machine, which lacked a transponder. Mission accomplished, the brothers flew by the tower and returned to Ogden Municipal Airport. That night at the dinner, Gilbert Davis said, he asked McCoy about the results of the test. He said the general was like a seasoned poker player. ``You don't know what he's got in his hand,'' he said. ``I couldn't find out what they saw or didn't see.'' [Deseret News, Monday, November 28, 1988.] Alternate address: Gilbert Davis, 6514 York St., Boise, ID 83704-7576 - (208) 375-3476. Also: c/o Barney Vincelette, Houston, Delaware 19954 - (302) 732-6322. ~ ~ ~ ~ MORE INFO, 12 MARCH 2006: "There has been a bit of literary flair added to this experience as presently published, and a few details left out. My name is Dan Hennis. I was the Pilot-in-Command, (PIC) of the reported flight in June of 1987. We flew my 1947 Ercoupe model 415-D that I had converted from a "C". Gilbert's brother was allowed to be the right-seater because Gilbert asked me. Ross was to be the radioman between Gilbert and us. As for the General's involvement, I was a Construction Manager in the 2849th CES based at Hill AFB. I contacted my friends in the General's AFLC office and asked if he might be persuaded to make an "unscheduled inspection" of the tower that morning. My supervisor, MSgt DeLott (I think) allowed me to take a couple of hours off to do this bit of PR for/with Gilbert Davis. If memory serves, the MSgt used this time to rub shoulders with the General and swing a special assignment he was wanting. It seemed all that could go wrong did that morning, from bad radios, to charging system on my coupe blinking out, to Gilbert misrepresenting the cruise speed we had to go while in close formation. We were nearly shot down, due to Gilbert circling over the alert KC-135s at the north end of the runway. I asked for a "mid-field turn-out" after making a missed approach maneuver, and was approved. When I thought I could reasonably make such a turn, right in front of the General's viewpoint in the tower, I pulled up and banked right in front of the tower and Gilbert followed second. He was a bit more daring and missed the tower cab by something less than 100 feet. It was reported by my supervisor that the General took a step back as Gilbert's "wing" rolled up flat to display his belly to the tower. I nearly lost my license that day from that stunt and vowed to never fly with a "nut" ever again. Gilbert is quite a designer, but his piloting skills left a bit less to admire. I think the world of him, but to this day, he is still a bit impulsive. As for the "testing" alluded to, the General never knew what his enlisted staff had cooked up for his viewing pleasure that day. Len Barry was specifically kept out of the loop and would have not allowed such to happen. There was nothing before it, nor after it. Gilbert has hoped to get a government contract by enticing the General with this chance flight. Never happened. With regard to the comment about the "Base Commander" -- it was standard practice to get the Commander's OK before any civilian flights entered the pattern. Otherwise the consequences might be a bit more hostile. It was reported later by another friend attending the dinner, that the General was not particularly impressed with our piloting skills. There were no jets, bombs, smoke, or mirrors. It was just a couple of "bug smashers" buzzing the active runway off the North end of Hill AFB that morning. In fact, the Rapcon was a bit bewildered as they reported, "that a flock of fast-moving birds were following the vintage Ercoupe on final and did a left-hand 360 over the threshold before moving off to the west." These are hands-on, eye-witness corrections. I'd hate to find history recorded without all the facts, or overglamorized to satisfy a thrill. I am sure the account was from a certain perspective, but inaccurate is still wrong. ~ ~ ~ ~ By-the-way, shortly after that flight, Gilbert Davis was badly injured in that same plane. It nearly cost him his life, and he is now paralyzed from the waist down and is in constant pain both day and night. He lives in Boise. Due to the extreme cost associated with his physical recovery, and no insurance, he lost his plane, his company, and the dream. I see him from time to time in the LDS temple and wish with all my heart the he had not broken his back in that fateful crash. The plane showed promise, but as in all aviation, is never forgiving... Dan Hennis -- ~ ~ ~ ~ MORE INFO: Gilbert has had many exciting ventures. He has been blessed many times and survived many things. The last crash (or should we say "undesirable landing") was in Idaho at a small airport not too far from the town of Emmett. He lost engine power and was forced to attempt an emergency landing. In so doing, he was severely injured, and is now in a care home in Eagle, Idaho. He is paralyzed from the waist down. He is in great pain, but does not want to 'give up'. The project on which he was working was a lifetime venture. He must be admired for his determination and singlemindedness, but realistically there is no one else who has time or money to focus on Gilbert's dream project and nothing else. Gilbert loves to have company, but visitors must take great care to refrain from making him upset. He still wants nothing but to complete his project, but it could not be under more difficult circumstances. Frank Hennis. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Eugene Davis passed away on March 8, 2007, in Boise, Idaho. He was born Jan. 3, 1942, in Marne, Mich., to Levi Walter Davis and Idella Marie Vipond Davis, the third of seven children. He was raised in Apopka, Florida, and later moved to Utah where he graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1961. He met Susan Kay Hawkins while attending BYU. On August 5, 1969, they were married for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Gilbert was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who loved the gospel and his family. He and Susan lived most of their married life together in Boise, Idaho, where they raised their 10 children. Gilbert was a very talented and inquisitive child. He excelled in sports and was very acrobatic, and later in life learned to ride a unicycle, walk a tightrope, and walk on his hands. His older children will always remember his walking on his hands up and down flights of stairs or around the edge of the top platform at the Lava Hot Springs pool (before diving off, much to the lifeguards chagrin...) It was also in his childhood that he learned to love all things mechanical, tinkering with model airplanes, trains and motorcycles, and eventually working in a motorcycle shop, where he loved to test-drive the new BSAs and Nortons. But of all the things he grew to love as a child, airplanes were by far at the top of his list. For his eighth birthday, his father paid for him to take a ride with a barnstorming pilot - from then on his dream was to fly. Though Gilbertīs first attempt at building his own plane was foiled - when the 14 year-oldīs secret workshop under the floor of the family garage was discovered by his father - his dreams of designing and flying his own airplanes were far from over. With little formal instruction or college experience, Gilbert went on to design and build several airplanes and propulsion systems, culminating on June 10, 1986, when he taxied down the strip of the Nampa Municipal Airport and lifted off - the first public flight of the Davis Flying Wing. News of the successful flight of a tailless aircraft of such novel design spread instantly through the aeronautical community. Gilbert graced the cover of numerous aviation magazines, including the January 1987 issue of Popular Mechanics. The single-seat aircraft flew beautifully, and a two-seat prototype version of the Wing was nearly complete when, in May of 1989, an engine belt failure forced Gilbert down near Star. Though Gilbert would spend the rest of his days confined to a wheelchair and experience tremendous medical problems including severe chronic pain, he never lost his faith, his love for his family, and his desire to pursue his dreams. His family is very proud of him and his undaunted courage and faith, and he will be dearly missed by his wife Susan; his 10 children: Mary (and F. Alan) Walker of Boise, Idaho; Katie (and Lane) Packwood of Boise, Idaho; Mike (and Michelle) Davis of Los Angeles, California; Aaron of Boise, Idaho; Sarah (and Lucas) Bollschweiler of Maryville, Tennesse; Jenny (and Michael) Kimball of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Levi, Lynsey, Mallory, and Bethany of Provo, Utah; 13 grandchildren; and his siblings: Mary K. Davis, Ross Davis, Doug Davis, Bea Glover, and Danny Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Emeline. Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing to be held on Monday evening, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel at 318 N. Latah. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, March 13, 2007 at the LDS Boise South Stake Center at 3200 Cassia. His interment, Dry Creek Cemetery. “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!' ” - Unknown We love you, Dad. [Idaho Statesman, March 11, 2007]

Davis, Harold

Davis, Harold

Harold Davis

Class of 1914. Harold Davis. Graduated in 1914 from Brigham Young High School, Academic Department. Source: 1914 BYU Banyan, BYH section, pp. 84-89.

Davis, Ida

Davis, Ida

Ida Davis

Class of 1920. Ida Davis. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1920. Source: 1920 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, page 65-85.

Davis, J. Clive

Davis, J. Clive

Clive Davis

Class of 1914 and 1915. J. Clive Davis. Graduated in 1914 from Brigham Young High School, Academic Department. Source: 1914 BYU Banyan, BYH section, pp. 84-89. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1915. J. Clive Davis graduated from BYH in College Hall on Thursday, June 3, 1915, in the Academic Department. Source 1: Program, 1915 High School Class, Thursday, June 3, 1915, College Hall. Class Colors: Red & Blue. Class Motto: "Duty is the Keynote of Success". ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1915. J. Clive Davis. He received a High School Diploma in 1915. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 190.

Davis, Janette
2027 Grafton Ave
Henderson, Nevada 89074 US

Janette & Terry Jones
  • Cell: 702-494-8121

Class of 1972. Janette Davis. She married Terry Jones, and is now Janette Jones. @2010

Davis, Jay I.
8362 Knotts Landing East
Jacksonville, Florida 32244 US

Jay Davis
  • Work: (904) 777-5133

Class of 1977. Jay Davis. BYU Idaho Broadcast Technology 1979. Jay I. Davis.

Davis, JoLynne
PO Box 1416
Overton, Nevada 89040 US

JoLynne Wimmer
  • Work: (702) 397-2095

Class of 1972. Jolynne Davis. BYU BA Education 1976. Teacher's Certificate Elementary Education 1976. JoLynne married ______ Wimer.

Davis, Katherine

Davis, Katherine
Warren, New Jersey US

Katherine & William Reeder

Class of 1933. Katherine Davis. She was a member of the BYH Peppettes during the 1930-1931 school year, and probably in other years. ~ ~ ~ ~ Kathryn Davis was born February 25, 1915 in Payson, Utah. Her parents were James Miller Davis and Estella Ann Lewis. She married William Henry Reeder III on September 10, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died March 26, 1994 in Warren, New Jersey.

Davis, Mina

Davis, Mina

Mina Davis

Class of 1920. Mina Davis. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1920. Source: 1920 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, page 65-85.

Davis, Moses C.

Davis, Moses C.
Provo, Utah US

Moses Davis

BY Academy Collegiate Class of 1897. Moses C. Davis. Received the degree of Bachelor of Pedagogy (B. Pd.) on May 27, 1897. Source: The (Provo) Daily Enquirer, May 27, 1897. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. Moses C. Davis, teacher of English and French, 1895-1898.

Davis, Pamela
4883 North Wildflowers Way
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109 US

Pamela Green

Class of 1972. Pamela Davis. BYU Fashion Design 1988. Pamela married ________ Green.

Davis, Ray J.

Davis, Ray J.

Ray Davis

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1915. Ray J. Davis. He received an AB Degree in 1915. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 5, page 329.

Davis, Richard J.
2451 Hardrock Circle
Taylorsville, Utah 84119-4929 US

Richard Davis
  • Work: 801-966-7006

Class of 1955. Richard J. "Moose" Davis. Football, Basketball, Track, Lettermen, All State Honorable Mention, Athletic Manager, Chorus. BYU 1959. Married _____ and divorced. Two children, a boy and a girl. After high school, richard worked for a number of financial companies. He also attended school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and the University of California in Pomona. He worked for the Lockhart Financial Company, which was eventually bought out by Zions Bank. Worked for Zions Financial in their savings and loan department, then for State Savings and Loan as Senior Vice President for 17 years. In 1986 Richard started working for First Security Bank and continued for 19 years. It was bought by Wells Fargo Bank, and Richard now works for Wells Fargo. Good health, and loves to fish. @2005.

Davis, Roscoe E.

Davis, Roscoe E.

Roscoe Davis

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1922. Roscoe E. Davis. He received a BS Degree in Chemistry in 1922. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 9, page 319.

Davis, Rose

Davis, Rose

Rose Davis

Rose Davis. She is included on a list of 59 names of the earliest students of Brigham Young Academy, taken from a file in the BYU Archives, made by an unknown contemporary student. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? Rose Hannah Davis, born about 1870 in Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah. Her parents are not yet known. She married Charles Henry Burgess on September 13, 1935. ???

Davis, Sabina

Davis, Sabina
Lehi, Utah US

Sabina Davis

BY Academy High School Class of 1883. Sabina Davis of Lehi, Utah. Graduated Friday, June 15, 1883, with a Normal diploma. Source: Territorial Enquirer, Friday, June 15, 1883.

Davis, Shery [Sherri]

Shery Davis

Class of 1978. Shery Davis [Sherri?]. [Need more information.] [TM]

Davis, Shirlee

Davis, Shirlee
1737 Sego Lane
Provo, Utah 84604 US

Shirlee and Rand Packer
  • Cell: 801-225-4513
  • Home: 801-225-4513

Class of 1965. Shirlee Davis. Student Body Head Cheerleader. Spanish Club, Pep Club, Chorus, Seminary 4 years, Junior Prom Queen, Homecoming Queen, Trans. BYU 1969. Married Rand H. Packer, BYH Class of 1964. News: Rand has 35 years in the Church Education System, and is Stake President of the BYU Fourth Stake. Shirlee has just completed 30 years of parent-teacher conferences and is loving life watching children grow and become independent. Memories: Working on Junior Prom -- the thousands of paper flowers we made, decorating for the dance, everything done with class members are treasured memories. Going to school every day is also a choice memory -- Transferring from a predominantly non-Mormon school, I loved coming to BY High where I would hear conversations in the hall, lectures in class, or as we gathered around the main hall, about Mutual or Seminary. It was so nice to be around peers who shared the same values I had. To not smell smoke or alcohol in the classrooms and halls, to have teachers who were examples I could look up to, and to be around peers who could have so much fun doing good things, was such a refreshing change from the school environment from which I had come. @2005 & @2009. @2010

Davis, W. A.

Davis, W. A.

W. A. Davis

BY Academy High School Class of 1900. W. A. Davis received a Diploma from the Commercial program. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ At least two possibilities: ~ ~ ~ ~ 1. William Abraham Davis was born June 8, 1881 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah. His parents were Abraham Peter Davis and Charlotte Van Noy Davis. He married Mercy Jane [or Mercede] Lindsey on March 17, 1910. He died on October 2, 1946. ~ ~ ~ ~ OR ~ ~ ~ ~ 2. William Alvin Davis was born about 1881 . He married Anne Elmyra Rice on August 19, 1903.

Davis, William

Bill Davis

Class of 1980. Bill Davis. [TM]

Daw, Albert W.

Daw, Albert W.

Albert Daw

Class of 1913. Albert W. Daw. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1913. Name on list, but no photo. Source 1: 1913 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, pages 63-81. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1913. Albert W. Daw. He received a BYH Agriculture Diploma in 1913. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 6, page 204. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1916. Albert W. Daw. He received an AB Degree in 1916. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 6, page 202.

Daw, Walter H.

Daw, Walter H.

Walter Daw

Class of 1915. Walter H. Daw. He received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1915. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 7, page 59.

Dawson, Ray H.
8328 Roosevelt Street
Midvale, Utah 84047 US

Ray Dawson
  • Work: (801) 255-8600

Class of 1954. Ray H. Dawson. Chorus, Photography Club, Quill & Scroll, Debate, Short Plays, Childrens Theater, Student Council, Thespians, Legislative Forum, Yld Cat Newspaper Editor & Sports Editor. BYU BS Business Management 1960. University of Utah MS 1980.

Day, Arael

Day, Arael
Of Provo, Utah US

Arael Day

Class of 1912. Arael Day (male), of Provo, Utah. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1912. Source: 1912 BYU Mizpah, BYH section, photos and names on pp. 1 - 62, 105.

Day, Dora

Day, Dora
of Fairview, Utah US

Dora Day [Rawlinson?]

Class of 1911. Dora Day, of Fairview, Utah. Normal [Teacher Prep]. Dora's a girl who, wherever she goes/ Is always sure she knows what she knows/ For she says the things that she has to say/ In such a very emphatic way,/ That John will always believe each word/ And think it is gospel that he's heard. [Need her middle name, parents' names, etc.] IS THIS? Dora Pearl Day, born about 1894. She married Eli Wilford Rawlinson of Delta, Utah, on June 12, 1914. He was born on March 16, 1890, and died on December 18, 1918. Did she remarry?

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