John Davis passed away Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 after a long battle with liver cancer. He is survived by Helen, his wife of 45 years, their daughter, Daphne Moore, son-in-law, Ben Moore, and two grandsons John David Moore and Ben Davis Moore.
John graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He was a Vietnam war veteran serving as a U.S. Army Captain in the early 1970’s, and had a 40 year sales and marketing career in the building products industry, including over 20 years with Simpson Dura-Vent where he started as a factory representative and ultimately held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. John retired in Bentonville, Arkansas, the hometown of his daughter, son-in-law and grandsons, shortly after the HPBA trade show in early 2011, where he said his goodbyes to many of his customers and colleagues.
John was blessed with meaningful relationships with his customers, staff, and peers. His mission was always to improve the world with better products, programs and relationships. He always followed the highest ethical standards for himself and those he worked with. He was devoted to his staff and his customers and traveled over a million miles to serve them. During John’s tenure at Dura-Vent the company tripled in size to sales levels of $100million/yr. Upon his departure, he left a seasoned, loyal sales staff which averaged over 15 years, each, with Dura-Vent, and they all embodied his passion for customer service, product knowledge, love of the industry and the company.
John was a strong promoter of the Libby, Montana project. He was very proud of the industry’s efforts and how this project demonstrated the value of modern, clean woodburning technologies.
John’s hobbies included sailing, reading, and golf. He was a devout Christian and described himself as “tethered” to his heavenly father. He loved having a glass of quality Pinot Noir while sharing jokes, stories and laughter. John not only knew his customers, but also knew their spouses and family.
Graveside services were held at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with full military honors.
The family requests that any contributions be given to any of the following:
Ouachita Baptist University
410 Ouachita St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
The First Tee of Northern Arkansas
715 E. Monroe Ave.
Lowell, AR 72745
The Food Pantry Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville, aka
“The Food Pantry”
901 NE “J” St.
Bentonville, AR 72712