On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Jim’s life will be celebrated from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. for a love/open house at Consignment Corner—Hair Country in Palo Cedro. 

On September 20, 1943, Jim Davis was born of one of three boys to JT “Mickey” and Donna Davis in Chico, California.  Jim grew up in Chico and graduated from Chico Senior High School in 1961.  He later married and had two children Kenny in 1964 and Kimberley in 1967.

In his early days, Jim’s passion was racing what he called “hardtops” at the Silver Dollar Speedway and hunting. His “happy” place has always been Deer Creek Canyon—where he owned a cabin that he shared with his friends and family for many years.  Jim always talked fondly of the canyons, cliffs and flats. He would share stories of hunting trophy bucks, jeep rides, and some of the best memories made. During his cabin days, Jim spent a lot of time with his son Kenny, brother Mike, and friends Jerry and Patty Stephens. While staying in the Deer Creek area, Jim met his best friend Scott Stephens, whom he referred fondly as his son and brother.

Scott and Jim had shared their passions of racing and soon were in partnership with a sprint car #44. Scott drove and Jim was the engine mechanic.  They traveled with the NARC circuit and made a great name for themselves.

He was always a great provider for his family and often lived on what he would provide (what he called the “Conway Curse”).  Jim was a salesman most of his life and eventually settled in the Redding area where he worked for Grand Auto, Valley Tire and his own business—Jim Davis Tire and Wheel.

Jim looked forward to his trips across to Hoopa on Tuesdays then to Alturas on Wednesdays, where you could find him visiting at the Auction Yard Café or Alturas Tire.  It’s along these sales trips that he made many lifetime friends.

For several decades, Jim was very involved with the Redding Rodeo Association, where he held every office. While as Director, he was awarded the coveted 1992-93 Man of the Year Award, as well as the prestigious John Justin Standard of the West Award in 1995-96.

In 1993, he married the love of his life and soul mate Shawna Bourque-Davis. The couple built their home (Moondance Ranch) between Millville and Oak Run.  When Jim retired, he and Shawna took on their new business Consignment Corner and Hair Country (“as he lovingly called them his girls”).  Car projects soon returned back into his life as he built his bright yellow 1931 Ford Model A Coupe, a duplicate of the American Graffiti hotrod.

Jim’s positive influence on the changes in Palo Cedro will leave a long-time mark that will not soon be forgotten. Later in life, Jim had a passion following his grandchildren in their high school sports, traveling hours to watch rodeo, football, baseball and softball games.

Jim passed away on March 7, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family, which was his wish.  Jim had a strong faith and knew his real journey was just beginning. To say he will be dearly missed is an understatement, Jim was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Jim’s life will be celebrated from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. for a love/open house at Consignment Corner—Hair Country in Palo Cedro.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Shawna of Millville, mother Donna Davis of Redding, brother Mike (Genny) Davis of Chico, Aunt Leila Beck of Cave Junction, son Kenny (Heather) Davis of Cottonwood, daughter Kimberley (Bill) Valena of Alturas, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as numerous cousins he so dearly loved.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made through Tri-Counties Bank in Palo Cedro to the Jim Davis Memorial High School Rodeo Scholarship Fund.