Memorial planned at Grand Lake beach fo Robert ‘Papa’ Davis | SkyHiNews.com

Memorial planned at Grand Lake beach fo Robert ‘Papa’ Davis

A memorial and celebration of a life well-lived will be held in honor of Robert, also known as “Bob” or “Papa,” who passed away April 19, 2010. The celebration will be held at 4 p.m. at the town beach in Grand Lake, Colorado.Bob was born in Yale, Okla., in 1926 to William and Dorcas Davis. He enlisted in the Marines in 1943 at the age of 17 and was assigned to the elite “Raider Battalions” as a rifleman. Bob was stationed at Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa, where he was wounded during the beach assault. After the war, Bob enrolled in a photography course and began his lifelong love of artistic photography. Bob owned and operated an art gallery in Oklahoma City until moving to Winter Park, where his love for photography and skiing came together. He was employed as the official photographer for Winter Park ski area and his technically unique outdoor and skiing photographs are sought by collectors today.Later Bob sailed with friends from the Fraser Valley from California to St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. Bob became a P.A.D.I. instructor to share with others his love of the sea. He was the consummate diver and loved to educate his fellow divers about underwater life. His enthusiasm in all facets of life was contagious and he inspired many to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding us. Bob also became a wedding officiate and performed hundreds of lovely weddings.Bob is survived by his brother, Bill; daughter, Kris; sons, Brent & Greg; grandchildren Jeff, Annie, Brittany, Kaelyn & Madison; great-grandchildren Brooke and Denver; numerous nieces & nephews; and countless loving friends around the world.Accomplished photographer, expert skier, master diver, sea glass artist, wedding officiate, spiritual adviser and best friend to many, Bob truly loved his life to the fullest and his brightly shining light will be greatly missed.Family and friends request that any donations be made to Divers4Heroes, dedicated to the rehabilitation of wounded veterans through SCUBA, http://www.divers4hereos.org, 7934 Indian Heights Dr., Lakeland, FL 33810. For more details about the memorial please call Bob Singley, 970-726-9802 or Lauren Gompertz, 970-887-0326.


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