James Archibald ‘Jim’ Davison (1934-2017)


James Archibald ‘Jim’ Davison passed away peacefully with family members by his side on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the age of 83. Jim was born October 6, 1934 to Arch and Helen Davison. He was the baby brother to Betsy (Darrow) and Phoebe (Verutti).

Jim grew up in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1952. He attended Yuba College and University of California at Berkeley before attending Idaho State University where he graduated with a degree in pharmacology. After serving two years in Korea for the Army, he returned to work as a Pharmacist with his father at Davison Drug & Stationery in 1958. He tried to retire for a couple days but ended up practicing as a pharmacist to the very end. He was a mentor to many future pharmacists from Colusa County.

Jim met the love of his life, Marilyn, in 1963 and they married in 1964 in Great Falls, MT. They were married for 53 years and raised three children in Colusa. Jim was a member of Rotary, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and served on the Colusa Parks/Recreation as well as the Colusa Tree Commission. He also served as a board member on both the Colusa Unified and Colusa County School Boards.

Jim was an accomplished piano player. He liked to play in his home and reluctantly at the store when others insisted. His love of music and theatre inspired countless trips to plays, symphonies, and musicals with Marilyn. He was a pilot, loved to snow ski, was an avid fisherman and duck hunter and enjoyed talking about all of these things with customers. He was a sports fan, announcing local football games for years, and remained a hardcore Kings Basketball fan. He and Marilyn loved to travel and chronicled their visits to all 50 State Capitols in the United States. Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and was a fixture at his grandchildren’s school events.

Most important was Jim’s unassuming nature and ability to make people feel ‘at ease’ by listening. He was the king of kindness.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, son Frank (Julia) Davison of Colusa, daughter Alice (Dave) Kerkvliet and children Josh and Katelynn of Soldotna, AK, son Paul Davison of Los Angeles, and grandchildren Rachel and Lucas Davison of Colusa, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 345 Oak St. in Colusa at 11 AM on Friday, January 5. Reception will follow at Colusa Golf and Country Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colusa Redhawk Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 1027, Colusa, CA 95932.