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1933 ~ 1976

Son of Daphne Dale McColloch
John N. "Jack" Davis

Jackie Lee Davis

Obit: Friday, November 5, 1976, (Can not read the name of the Newspaper)

J. L. Davis Services Set

Services for Jack L. Davis, 43, Midwest City, named "Volunteer of the Year" in 1976 by the Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens, will be at the First Christian Church, Midwest City. Burial will be in Arlington Memory Gardens under the direction of Paylor's Funeral Home.

Davis died Wednesday at Midwest City Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

Born in Picher, he was employed with the state Department of Public Transportation as an office engineer for 15 years. He was a member and a deacon at the First Christian Church in Midwest City. He was a graduate of Madill High School and attended Central State University and the University of Oklahoma.

Active in community and state affairs, Davis was a president of Midwest City Jaycees and a founder and president of Mid-Del Association for Retarded Children. He also served two terms as president of the Oklahoma Association for Retarded Children and has been a vice president of the Oklahoma Jaycees, as well as holding several chairmanships and other offices for both organizations locally and statewide. He was a state adviser for "Teens Aid the Retarded" for five years.

In 1970, he was the state chairman for the "Rub Out Rubella" campaign responsible for the inoculation of more than 250,000 young Oklahoma children. He also was instrumental in promotion and passage of legislation for Mandatory Special Education in Oklahoma.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Joan; a son, John P., and two daughters, Kelly L. and Debbie, all of the home; a brother, Charles James, Kingston and a sister, Leila Koscove, Denver.

Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens, 923 W. Britton Road, Oklahoma City.

Above obituary typed from my copy of the newspaper clipping.

Note: I attended the funeral for my "Uncle Jackie", there were many notable Oklahoma State dignitaries there. The Church was full with many people overflowing to the outside of the Church. The funeral procession was conservatively over 2 miles long at the point that I looked out the back window at the top of a hill. I could not actually see the last car of the procession.

Uncle Jackie, was a wonderfully sweet energetic man with a non-stop sense of humor. He was a geologist and had many years of college education that would afford anyone a more than comfortable lifestyle. For several years before his passing he had turned to giving his time helping others. He was "on call" 24/7 to judges, police and social services to help a child in trouble.

Liz (Frankel) Gunderson.

Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma

Actual Citation is this cover page:

                                         THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA


Whereas, with the passing of Jackie Lee Davis, Oklahoma has lost a truly great leader and a steadfast friend of the less fortunate, for Papa Jack, was an inspiration for every Oklahoman to follow in his devotion to the betterment of the lives of Oklahoma's mentally retarded and physically disabled, and his love, compassion, and understanding of his fellowman cannot be expressed in mere words; Therefore, it is the sad honor of the Senate of the State of Oklahoma to commend the life and accomplishments of this extraordinary Oklahoman and to share with his widow, Helen, a deep sense of loss.

Now therefore, pursuant to the motion of

                                             Senator James F. Howell

the Senate extends to Mrs. Helen Davis on behalf of Jackie Lee Davis
COMMENDATIONS and directs that this Citation be presented.

(Seal of The State of Oklahoma Senate)

Signed by:

                                                                  Gene C. Howard,
                                                                  President Pro Tempore

                                                                  James F. Howell,
                                                                  State Senator, District 42

                                                                  Lee Slater,
                                                                  Secretary of the Senate


Attached: PAGE 1 of Resolution:

1st Session of the 36th Legislature (1977)

SENATE RESOLUTION NO. _______                                             BY:  HOWELL


DIRECTING DISTRIBUTION.                                               

     WHEREAS, Jackie Lee Davis also known as "Big Jack" or "Papa Jack" has been a true inspiration and a wonderful friend to people, touching numerous hearts and lives in his varied endeavors, most of which were so greatly above and beyond the required call of any man; and

     WHEREAS, active in community and state affairs, Mr. Davis was a founder and president of the Mid-Del Association for Retarded Children, served two terms as president of the Oklahoma Association for Retarded Children (O.A.R.C.), held several chairmanships and other offices in O.A.R.C. locally and statewide, including five years as State Advisor for the "TARS" or "Teens Aid the Retarded", and was named Volunteer of the Year for 1976 by O.A.R.C.; and

     WHEREAS, through Mr. Davis's leadership, many persons have witnessed great steps taken in the O.A.R.C. from local chapters and towns in the State of Oklahoma and a great deal of impact throughout the nation has been felt because of Mr. Davis's positive, dedicated and imaginative leadership; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Davis has served many years in extremely active roles as an Oklahoma Jaycee, with responsibilities including local offices, the Oklahoma Jaycee State Vice President and several state chairmanships, serving with dignity, honor, imagination and result-bearing hard work; and


Attached: Page 2 of Resolution:

     WHEREAS, a lifetime Jaycee, Mr. Davis was named a Senator of Junior Chamber International; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Davis's major concerns in all his activities have been in the areas of assistance to, and the understanding of, the needs of the mentally retarded, being able to motivate and excite other young men, women and families into true, positive action for the final benefit of the mentally retarded; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Davis was instrumental in promotion and passage of legislation for Mandatory Special Education in Oklahoma; and

     WHEREAS, the Equity Pre-School Center, established for children aged 3 to 5 with various handicaps, now in its second year, was founded by someone who cared enough and had foresight and leadership - Jack Davis; and

     WHEREAS, "Rub Out Rubella" or "Rubella Sunday" of 1970 which shall never be forgotten by at least 6,000 Jaycees, a statewide Jaycee program in which over 250,000 young children were inoculated to ward off a dreaded epidemic of Rubella destined to take over in our part of the country, was directed and guided by Jack L. Davis.


     THAT the lifelong accomplishments and dedication of Mr. Jackie Lee Davis to his fellow man, the State of Oklahoma and this country be and are hereby praised and commemorated.

     THAT the Senate extends its heartfelt condolences to Helen J. Davis, widow of the late Jackie Lee Davis.

     THAT a copy of this Resolution be sent to Helen J. Davis.

                                         36-1-560     AH:rg      1/5/77


Typed by Liz (Frankel) Gunderson, from my copy of the Resolution and Citation. The Resolution and Citation were presented to My Aunt Helen and her surviving children with my Uncle Jim (Jackie Lee's brother), on the floor of the Oklahoma State Senate.

Jackie Lee Davis in tree . . .

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