John Bartow Davis

John Bartow Davis

September 1, 1945 — January 1, 2020
John Bartow Davis of Lake Buchanan passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. He was born to John William and Dorthea Davis on September 1, 1945 in Gainesville, Florida. John grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and attended John Knox Presbyterian Church with his family. After high school, John was an active member of the ROTC and graduated from Furman University. He then became a commissioned officer, dedicated 23 years to his country, and served in both Vietnam and Desert Storm, reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel.

During his time stationed at Fort Hood, he met the love of his life, Dianne. They married April 6, 1974 and remained married for 45 years. John and Dianne enjoyed raising their family in the different locations they were assigned. Their love of travel continued after John’s retirement from the Army and from his work as a defense contractor, and they made Hawaii and Germany their homes away from home.

John was a man bigger than life, and he never met a stranger! If he did meet you, he always remembered you as well as every detail of the encounter. John was the best storyteller and filled so many friends’ and families’ good times with those woven and memorable tales. This “big guy” had an even bigger heart…one that could only fit in Texas, which is where he and Dianne retired to. John was extremely generous and was the true patriarch of his loving family and a beloved member of Burnet Presbyterian Church where he added his beautiful, deep voice in glorifying God. He also served his community as secretary on the board of Cassie ESD #2 for Burnet County as well as working part-time alongside Dianne, selling their antiques, at CaroLee’s on the Burnet Square.

John is survived by his wife, Dianne; son, Barry Dawson and wife Rachel; son, Brian Dawson and wife Kelly; daughter, Lori Davis and partner Leigh Ann Sedam; daughter, Jillianne Yang and husband Wayne; his brother, Bill Davis and wife Norma; and his grandchildren, Megan, Jack, Delaney, Alex, Tarin, Abigail, Mackenzie, Austin, and Spencer; several nieces and nephews; and his fur-babies, Leilani, Kamuela, and Tia.

Services will be held at Burnet Presbyterian Church with full military honors on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. John will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl at Oahu) at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Burnet Presbyterian Church in honor of John.

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Arrangements and cremation entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas.

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