We lost a friend today. Following a long and often debilitating
fight with a malignant brain tumor, Russell Davis passed away
earlier today. I spoke with Clarence just a little bit ago, and
he said Russ laid down to take a nap and just slipped away. He
said he was thankful that Russ was not in any pain at the time,
and his passing was very peaceful. Russ is going to be buried in
Oklahoma at a private family ceremony.
Rest in peace, Russ.
Russell and his
goofy grin will be
thoughts and prayers
are with everyone
Thank you very much for sharing this with me. It is
saddening to lose such a great guy. I remember him
delivering pizzas in different corvettes wearing a baseball
hat & a HUGE grin all the time. His family will be in my
Thanks for including me on
this information. I have fond memories of Russ, often with a
huge smile on his face, racing out the door to deliver a
pizza. I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to his
family and friends.
Above all else, however, Russ was a devoted friend, who was
always willing to help out. He came from a close-knit family
that instilled in him a great deal of compassion, loyalty,
Russ will be missed by many.
Russell began working at GJ in 1984 and
primarily served as a delivery driver. After a year or so, Dave
made Russ a manager, and he often split duties between
deliveries and typical night manager functions.
Many people remember Russ for his driving
prowess and his string of vehicles that were somewhat
uncharacteristic of a pizza delivery driver –to say the least.
Any given night found Russell delivering pizzas in a supped-up
’77 Camaro, a Corvette, or sometimes a Lincoln Town Car. Pizzas
always arrived at their intended destinations with both speed
Russ was also known for his infectious
smile. Some would say it was more of a goofy grin; but there is
little debate that to see Russ was to see him smiling and
laughing. Russ could find the humor in just about everything.
Russell worked at GJ until it was sold in
1987; and if memory serves me correctly, he even put in some
time with the subsequent owners.
His parents, Clarence and Kay, and
his brother, Richard
After leaving GJ, Russ ventured into
a number of different fields. One of his more notable ventures
was a string of tint and audio shops that he operated along with
his family members. Some years later, Russ became an
accomplished network engineer and earned his CCNA while working
for Siemens in their network operating center.
It was no secret that Russ was an avid car
enthusiast. He spent a great deal of time customizing his cars,
which served both his knowledge of automotive engineering and
his passion for working with his hands.
A lesser known fact is that Russ was a
gifted athlete, and he excelled in soccer, golf, and hockey.
While Russ was usually not the biggest player on the field or
ice, he was usually one of the fastest (not to mention
completely fearless). The latter making him one of the better
defenders with whom I played.
Russ also enjoyed spending time outdoors, and his expertise with
a fishing rod was only surpassed by his skills with a firearm.
Russ was a crack shot, and he could master virtually any firearm