Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Donald Carroll Davis\n\r\n\t\t\t\tDonald Carroll Davis returned to our Heavenly Father on December 6, 2015. Eating ice cream one hour before leaving this life, his quick final minutes were pain-free and peaceful. Don was born April 20, 1947 to Carroll Clifford and Phillis Coates Hunt Davis in Seattle, Washington. His early childhood was remarkable for the love shared in his home, a work ethic subscribed to by his parents, an enthusiasm for sports and the incredible musical influence his mother provided.\n\tDon loved sports. At Roosevelt High School, in Seattle, he was a starter on the varsity team in his junior and senior years. His senior year, the team took second in state and Don received the Inspirational Player from the Washington Athletic Club. He also loved baseball and played varsity for two years on the high school team. \n\tGraduating in 1965, Don moved to Provo, Utah to attend BYU. At BYU, he played for one year on the baseball team before leaving for the Guatemala-El Salvador mission where he served for two and a half years. Throughout his life Don had a deep respect for the culture and language he learned on his mission. The qualities he learned through these and other experiences allowed him to combine competitiveness, compassion, and love of people to benefit many he worked with as well as his wife and children.\n\tDon met his wife, Vickie Lane Anderson, at BYU in 1972. They were married on June 18, 1979 in Sandy, Utah. Throughout his life Don supported Vickie in her educational and professional pursuits. He will always be her best friend and life-long love. Together they had five children, the oldest, born prematurely, preceded him in death. He continued to be an avid sports enthusiast and was a passionate fan of all BYU sports and the Utah Jazz. He loved playing sports with all his children and encouraged them in their own athletic endeavors. Don had an exceptional ability to teach which included the patience to allow his children to grow in many ways without being overbearing. Most notable as a father was his desire to have fun. Don planned many experiences for the family to be together often and to enjoy recreation, movies and musical entertainment. The family has a number of traditions that began at his prompting.\n\tDon’s career included a number of different business experiences. Initially, he worked in the food business with his father in Seattle and later with the fast food industry in Utah where he was the vice president of a corporation that owned and operated a number of franchise restaurants throughout the state. Most recently, Don worked in the financial industry as a financial planner, advising many clients in their financial needs and retirement plans. He received a number of awards for his work in this field. \n\tAs a devoted member of his church, Don served in bishoprics, on a BYU Stake High Council, as a bishop, and Gospel Doctrine teacher (a favorite calling). He also loved to sing in the ward choir and motivated and supported all of his children in their musical pursuits. \n\tDon suffered a rare illness in 2011 and was cared for by many health care professionals. The family wants to particularly thank those whose expertise went beyond the best medical care and included careful attention to both his and his wife’s concerns. They modified interventions to provide him with an enjoyable life for the past 4 years. Special thanks to cardiologists at IMC: Kent Meredith, Rami Alharethi, Deborah Budge, and Abdallah Kfoury and the excellent staff of nurse practitioners and pharmacists in the department. In addition, rheumatologists at IMC and the University of Utah: Sean McMillan, Curry Koening, and Karla Miller provided sensitive and expert care which prolonged his life. Finally, a diagnosis of cancer complicated Don’s last few months of life. In his final days he received nursing and rehabilitation care from Health South in Sandy, Utah and Orchard Park in Orem, Utah for which the family is grateful.\n\tDon is preceded in death by his parents and his angel daughter, Theresa Anderson Davis. He is survived by his wife, Vickie, their four children: Zachary Anderson Davis (Kiersta), Trent Johnson Davis (Alysa), Ciera Elaine Davis Shumpert (Ryan) and Gabriel Hunt Davis; his sister: Sally Ann Olin; and four grandsons: Colin Trent Davis, Wesley Donald Davis, Matthew Davis Shumpert and Simon Anderson Shumpert. \n\tA viewing will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 9:30 am at the LDS Church at 4056 North Timpview Drive in Provo, Utah. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am following the viewing.