SpringvilleSe­niorCen­ter mem­berspot­light:Keith andMar­vaDavis


Fran­cis Keith Davis was born Dec. 30, 1924, in Og­den, Utah. He had one brother. His fam­ily moved to Sawtelle, Calif., af­ter he was born. They then moved to Salem and then to Springville, where he grad­u­ated from high school. He was ac­tu­ally drafted be­fore he grad­u­ated but was al­lowed to fin­ish his school year.

He was sta­tioned at Fort Dou­glas in the Army and then was sent over­seas. His group landed on Utah Beach and af­ter­ward he par­tic­i­pated in and sur­vived the Bat­tle of the Bulge. He also helped in the lib­er­a­tion of Ohrdruf Nazi Con­cen­tra­tion Camp.

When Keith re­turned from the war, he worked with his fa­ther in the plas­ter­ing busi­ness, at­tended Brigham Young Univer­sity and be­came a drafts­man. He also worked at Geneva for 17 years and ran a pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness. Keith mar­ried Marva Waters in the Manti Tem­ple on Sept. 11, 1947.

Marva Waters Davis was born in Maple­ton on June 19, 1928. Her fam­ily moved to Springville when she was 11 and she fin­ished sixth grade at the Jef­fer­son El­e­men­tary School. She also grad­u­ated from Springville High School. Marva started work­ing at the Springville Her­ald fold­ing year­book pages when she was 14. She had to can­cel the first date that Keith asked her on be­cause she was re­quired to work. Marva was work­ing for Dr. Clair Judd at the time they were mar­ried.

They had one son and two daugh­ters. Keith and Marva have both been very ac­tive in the LDS Church. Keith has served in call­ings such as first coun­selor to the Elder’s Quo­rum pres­i­dent and as the sec­re­tary in the High Priests Group. He is a life­time mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Le­gion, VFW and DAV, does mil­i­tary fu­ner­als in south Utah County and par­tic­i­pated in Boys State. Marva was ac­tive in the Spring­vale Play­house, worked with Girls State and was a direc­tor, has been ac­tive in the Amer­ica Le­gion Aux­il­iary since 1948, and has held LDS Church call­ings such as Relief So­ci­ety pres­i­dent, Young Women’s pres­i­dent and Pri­mary pres­i­dent.

They now have eight grand­chil­dren and 9 and 1/2 great-grand­chil­dren.

Keith be­lieves in mak­ing friends and be­ing friendly and Marva lives by the Golden Rule: Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do onto you.

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