You will be forever missed Jeff and never forgotten
  • 52 years old
  • Born on October 4, 1965 in Alameda County, California, United States.
  • Passed away on July 29, 2018 in Fresno, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our friend Jeff Davis 52 years old, born on October 4, 1965 and passed away on July 29, 2018. 

In December of 2017, Jeff was diagnosed with throat cancer and unfortunately and suddenly, he passed away at St. Agnes Hospital.

In addition, please leave a tribute, a picture in the gallery, or a story.  

Update 8/1/2018

We will have a Memorial Service Friday, August 10 at 3:30 PM at Bethesda Church 3723 E. Dakota, Fresno, CA. After the service, we will take a short drive to Victory Bar & Grill... tell stories and toast to Jeff's life. Jeff would not want you to be uncomfortable so dress casual.

Jeff Davis Scholarship: we are in the process of setting up a memorial fund, which will go to a student entering college, that over came adversity, possibly a Foster Care Child like Jeff was, and is going into education. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to this memorial fund. As soon as we get the account set up, we will update this site with who to write a check to and if you are not attending the service, where to send it. 

Update 8/7/2018

A memorial fund has been set up at Educational Employees Credit Union 2222 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711 ph#1-800-583-3328    account number 12248228                      "Jeff Davis Memorial Scholarship"

 In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to this memorial fund. Checks can be written to  "Jeff Davis Memorial Scholarship" and on the memo put #12248228

Thank you

Posted by Gary Mort on 4th October 2018
In memory of Jeff on his birthday - Happy Birthday BT! BTI (Bonus Time, Inc.) was his NASCAR league name and he would be the first to tell you that he was the only 5-time champ our our fantasy league. Coincidentally, Jeff’s entry won the weekly race on the Sunday that he passed and also won this past weekend leading into his birthday. The League is contributing to his scholarship fund on his behalf and hope his memory and scholarship keep the race of life going for those, like Jeff, who need a community of support to lead a healthy life in hopes that the path will eventually help others, as Jeff was able to do in his educational career.
Posted by Ale Quiroz on 18th September 2018
I met Jeff during my last semester at FCC in the spring of 1997. We sat next to each other in geography and he was smart and funny and had a lot of charisma. He always had me chuckling with his under the breath sarcastic comments about our teacher which is funny considering his later career choice. At one point the woman who sat in front of us turned around and said "you two should date." Jeff said "nah," and I shyly pointed to my promise ring and said "I already have a boyfriend." But after the semester was over and my boyfriend and I had broken up, I couldn't stop thinking about Jeff so one night I looked up all the Jeff Davis' in the phone book and luckily found him on my first try. I don't know what prompted me to do this. This lead to about a 15 year friendship of late night phone calls whenever one of us couldn't sleep, emails and then texts. Now and then he would drop hints about his difficult childhood but I never did get the full story. We saw each other again in 2006 or 2007. By that time he'd bought his second home in Fresno and he BBQ that night and happily gave me the tour and what most impressed me was that he'd converted his dining room into a red NASCAR themed bar. He was so concerned about my comfort. It had rained that night and when he walked me to my car I remember how the lights were reflecting on the darkness of his driveway and seeing the smile on his face as he walked back inside. In 2010 I bought my house in Kingsburg and he was one of the first people invited to see. He helped me hang curtains, and when he saw how empty it was bought me a lamp and a rack for the bathroom. I was always amazed that we could go months or even years without speaking and then one of us would reach out and it was like a single day hadn't gone by. He'd just pick up where he left off or say something like "I went to Home Depot today..." In 2015 we had a falling out and I said some things I wish I could take back now. Over the years I'd check out his social media (what little there was) and think about reaching out again. I always took for granted that he'd still be there. I can't tell you how shocked and saddened and devastated I was to hear of his being ill and passing away at 52. When we'd had our falling out, I told him "thanks for the lessons you taught me and I wish you nothing but the best." Once again Jeff, thanks for teaching me to live each day to the fullest. If you have unresolved issues or apologies to make, do so before it's too late. I'll always look back on our conversations and be grateful to you for listening to my hopes and dreams and fears. Thanks for your friendship. You never stopped teaching me.
Posted by Tim Collins on 11th August 2018
Jeff was one of those people (at least for me) that you run into in different times of your life. We first met at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, CA about 1981. I did not know him that well; however, we had many of the same friends which we confirmed decades later. I knew he was into water polo and I knew his nick name was “Skippy”. I remember him at a high school dance...where he was slow dancing with a cheerleader (Lori Cyr) and he was on cloud 9. My senior year began...and Jeff had moved to Santa Cruz...and we did not have contact for almost 20 years. I moved to the Central Valley and worked for Fresno Unified School District (and still do) in 1990’s. I took my second school assignment at Ericson Elementary and worked there for a few years. My second year there...a new teacher “Jeff” was starting (I believe it was 2000). I was teaching 5th Grade and Jeff was teaching 6th...at this time I had no recollection of him...as we both had changed quite a bit from our high school days. A week or so passed by and a fellow Acorn (Live Oak High School’s mascot) who lived in Clovis (Mark Jones) asked me to check out a new website for former Acorns. So I checked it out...looked up the Class of 83...and about 10 names popped up. I read the different profiles that were posted...and came to one that said “Jeff Davis”. Still didn’t make the connection until I read the profile. Jeff’s profile stated he just started working for FUSD as a 6th Grade teacher and totally loved it (clue #1) and if you ever come through Fresno...say hi to “Skippy” (clincher clue#2). The next morning at work...I saw Jeff walking down the hall...I yelled at him “Hey Skippy”...and he stopped in his tracks and slowly turned around with a huge grin on his face! Of course, how the.....did you know that was asked...and we had many talks after that! We worked together for 2 years and I moved onto another school. We managed to do quite a bit together and he had opened up about his life and what happened in high school and why. He loved Vegas...he found out I was going with my wife for a few days and asked if he could tag along...lol...I said sure...but you had to get your own room. I remember him telling us on our drive over...that when he was in Vegas he was known as “Bonus Time” and remembered we laughed at that saying maybe if you come back with some money in your pocket! I met Jeff there a few other times...and he always was in the same spot in the Luxor’s sports betting area. We would both send each other with sports betting when we knew either one of us was going. I introduced Jeff to the New Haven community in north Fresno; I had lived there for a number of years and just moved about a mile away. Jeff was happy about the location of his new home...and I remember him calling me asking if I wanted to buy a hot tub that came with the house. About 2 weeks later...he offered it to me for free. A month later he asked me if I could help him take it apart and get rid of it! It was a funny turn of events. Although...now he lived close by...and I had a pool at my home, and I told him he could come use it whenever. He took advantage of that during the summer and we would have a few beers and talk about old times, school, and Vegas. This is where he tried to sell me on NASCAR...and continued for several years. I remember coming to his house one time...and there was a giant flag with number 24 on it...I asked him what the heck was that...and he just shook his head at me in disbelief! It was hard for Jeff to come to family type events...he always said he felt he was imposing...and wouldn’t show when invited most of the time. I invited him to come to church numerous times, but he would always put if off. However, he did come to my wife’s funeral in 2005...I remember him saying it has been a long time since I have been in a church. This prompted a dialogue about our spirit life. He believed in a greater spirit at the time and was still wrestling with childhood things from the past. Jeff loved teaching and guiding kids. My children still know him as Bonus Time! Unfortunately, I have only spoke with Jeff, or run into Jeff (at a district meeting) a couple of times in the last 3-4 years. I am sorry to say I didn’t even know he was ill and was shocked by his passing. Jeff...I know I will run into you again! God Bless my brother!
Posted by Kristi Jackson on 10th August 2018
Jeff- so many fun memories at our FUSD cohort table with Monica and Kristina.... you always had something to say to make us smile or roll our eyes :) ....behind the tough exterior you were a soft teddy bear. You were a good friend and I will cherish all the jokes and memories. Rest In Paradise. Kristi
Posted by Lisa Cullers on 9th August 2018
Jeff - you were the sweet little ray of sunshine that was the first to welcome me back when I returned to work after my battle with breast cancer. You said we were now in a brother/sisterhood of cancer survivors who could truly understand the battle each endured. You told me that we could get through this. You touched my heart so deeply and I looked forward to the day I would be able to return that favor. May you rest in peace and may god bless that sweet soul of yours.
Posted by Ann Sin on 9th August 2018
We used to tease each other about our Nascar drivers. His 24 vs my 88. RIP, Jeff.
Posted by Michele Taylor on 8th August 2018
Jeff and I shared a love for Pink Floyd and had more than a few late-afternoon "de-compression" sessions at work, talking about music. Jeff surprised me one day with a Dave Gilmour 2016 Tour t-shirt: an amazing concert experience he'd told me all about. I was surprised, and very touched by this gesture of friendship.
Posted by Judith Bryson on 5th August 2018
Loved the pictures of you Jeff and enjoyed getting to know you and be around you there in the New Haven Community buy my kids the Galaviz family!!!!! Judith Bryson

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