Unless Jim Davison was sitting at the piano, he didn’t sit much. But his family and friends last Thursday said that the former Colusa Tree Commissioner would have loved the tribute paid to him with the new bench in Davison Park. The bench sits under a large cork oak tree that has a life span of 200 to 300 years.
“Dad loved trees,” said Davison’s son Frank, at a dedication ceremony on June 14.
About 40 people attended the brief ceremony, including Davison’s wife of 53 years, Marilyn, grandchildren Rachel and Lucas Davison, and many members of the community.
Davison, the longtime pharmacist at Davison Drug & Stationary in Colusa, died Dec. 30, 2017, at the age of 83.
Davison Park is named for his family, which included his father, former Colusa Mayor Arch Davison (1893-1969), the founder of Davison Drug, whose civic engagement and volunteerism has followed through the generations.
Jim Davison was born in 1934 and grew up in Colusa. He graduated from Colusa High School in 1952, and attended Yuba College and University of California, Berkeley, before attending Idaho State University, where he obtained his degree in pharmacology.
“Everyone knows who Jim Davison was and is to this community,” said Cynthia White, who sat with him on the Colusa Parks, Recreation and Tree Commission.
White said she knew Davison well, but has learned more about him since his passing.
Davison was active in Colusa. In addition to serving on the Tree Commission, he was a trustee of both the Colusa Unified School District board and the Colusa County Board of Education, and announced sporting events.
Like his father, Davison was an active member of the Colusa Rotary Club, as is his son.
“Rotary was very important to him, and it’s a family legacy,” Frank said.
The bench, which faces the Colusa Swimming Pool, reads “In Memory of Jim Davison – From Your Grateful Community.”
The Rotary International emblem separates the years between his birth and his death. n