Edward Harold Davison
“I’ve had a more charmed life than anyone has a right to have.”
— Ed Davison
Edward Harold Davison, 77, of Salem died unexpectedly on the morning of February 29 due to diabetic complications. He became diabetic after a life-saving, almost miraculous surgery saved his life almost 10 years ago, and we, his family, are grateful for these wonderful “bonus years” that we had with him.
Ed was a “people person” who loved to talk with everyone he met, frequently using his knowledge of geography and fluency in Spanish to connect with people. His contributions to youth sports in Salem and to the community generally, along with his funny, passionate, excitable personality made him a larger than life presence and a great man to many people.
Ed was born to Quincy and Norma (nee Root) Davison in Livingston, Montana on July 27, 1938. He remembered his early years of Montana with great fondness and returned there throughout his life to visit relatives, to fish, and to see sites. In his later years he studied and became very well-versed in Lewis & Clark history.
During World War II, Ed’s family moved to Yale Street in Portland. While Quincy managed workers at the Port of Portland shipyards, Ed attended Portsmouth Elementary School and began his love of baseball. In the early 1950s, the family moved to a home in Portland’s Gateway district. Ed loved his time at Gresham High School and spoke fondly of it. In baseball, his .395 batting average his senior year probably led the state in hitting.
Ed continued to excel at baseball at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. He graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1960 and then did a year’s graduate study at George Washington University in Washington D.C. At was at that time that “a beautiful, little brunette from Gresham”—Carole Mansfield—entered his life. In 1961, Ed joined the US Air Force, eventually becoming a 1st Lt. Two years later in 1963, Ed and Carole married. They would spend the rest of his life—over 50 years—together.
After the Air Force, Ed went back to school, earning an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado. From there, he joined Goodyear International in Akron, Ohio, where his first son, Ty, was born in 1969. Goodyear sent the family to Sydney, Australia for 2 years then to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where a second son, Bret, was born. Ed would later call the 2 years in Argentina among the best times of his life.
Upon returning to the US, Ed worked as a Stock Broker in Pueblo, Colorado. He found he was a very good stock analyst but a poor salesman, and the family came to Eugene, Oregon where Ed managed an office for GranTree Furniture Rental. In 1977, Ed took a job as an educator with the Oregon Department of Corrections and the family moved to Salem. During his career in Corrections, Ed taught parole officers, administered tests to inmates, and worked as a counselor.
Ed coached youth sports, founding the Sprague Sabres, one of the first youth soccer clubs in Salem and one of the clubs that would merge to become today’s Capital Futbol Club. He took teams to many tournaments and even to Costa Rica on a goodwill tour.
He retired from Corrections in 2000 and spent retirement running QJ Associates, a small financial management company, enjoying the company of his grandkids, other family, and friends.
He is survived by his wife Carole; his brother, Howard; children, Ty (Erin Lilly-Davison) and Bret; and his grandchildren, Jonah, Elisha, and Jillian. Private internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Online condolences can be sent to [email protected]. They will be reposted to Ed’s memorial website of www.eddavison.com.