James Davis Death, Obituary – James Davis has sadly passed away unexpectedly leaving loved ones and family in grief and agony. On December 4, 2022, James Luther Davis Jr., a resident of Portland, Oregon, passed away peacefully with his wife Sally by his side. James Luther Davis Jr. had been ill for some time. James is survived by his wife Sally Loomis, his daughter Risa Davis Colistro, his son-in-law Joe Colistro, and his grandson Miles Colistro.
In addition, James is survived by his son-in-law Joe Colistro. James is also survived by his siblings Fred Davis (and his wife Betsy George) and Peggy Kent (and her husband Dan Kent), as well as his nieces Molly Kent, Amy Davis, and Maggie Davis, his nephew Alex Kent, and their respective spouses, and their children. James Luther Davis was the first child to be born to James Luther Davis and Natalie Young Davis in 1949. His father was named J. Luther Davis, and his mother’s name was Natalie Young Davis.
Tucson is James’ place of birth. His parents gave him a wonderful childhood full of exciting adventures in the Sonoran desert. His childhood was provided for him by his parents. As a consequence of this, he came to have a profound admiration for the extensive cultural history of the area as well as a passion for the natural world. James’ professional life was profoundly influenced by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which, in contrast to the majority of zoos of the time, placed a strong emphasis on educating visitors about the local flora and fauna.
This was one of the many ways in which the museum distinguished itself from other zoos of the time. James received his education at a variety of prestigious institutions, including Duke University, the Green Fields School in Tucson, the Webb School in Claremont, California, and UC Santa Barbara. It was at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he first became actively involved with the community’s Zero Population Growth chapter.
Because of this, I had the opportunity to serve on the Planned Parenthood National Board of Directors for a good number of years. In 1999, following his graduation from Colorado State University–Fort Collins with a Master of Science degree in Zoology, he was honored with the Colorado State University Honor Alumnus Award in the College of Natural Sciences. This award was presented to him by the university.
During the formative years of his life, James was primarily interested in three things: photography, music, and the natural world. James got his start in the industry in the state of California, where he directed outreach programs at two different zoos and taught biology to students in middle school and high school. In California.