MISSION – “I am hoping that I will be a good husband, father, and grandfather. I would like to take my kids fishing, and hunting…………”
That plan was written by Joseph Frank Davis in 1996 in an autobiography titled “Field of Dreams,” that was a high school class assignment. But the Lord had a different plan for Joseph, and he was called to Heaven on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the age of 38 years old.
The battle he fought against his illness was courageous, as he had Faith that healing was a possibility, his Faith strengthened by all the family and friends that were praying for him. In the end, his courage continued, as he accepted the assessment that medicine could do no more, and elected to receive only what was necessary to be peaceful and comfortable. The battle came to an end in the home of his sister, surrounded by his wife and family and some friends.
Joseph was preceded in death 5 months ago by his Mother, Norma Irene de la Fuente Davis, and is survived by his wife, Veronica (Vero) Davis, a son, Joseph Matthan Davis, his father, George W Davis, Jr., 2 siblings, Denise Davis Bazan and George Gerard Davis, his grandfather, Jose (Pepe) de la Fuente, as well as his extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in laws. Others who preceded him in death include his grandparents Irene Alejos de la Fuente, George W Davis, Sr., and Isabel G. Davis.
He also had many friends, including the many members of his Mission High School Class of 1997, his Mission Eagles football team friends (#95) , and the many, many clients, that became more like friends, from his position as Manager/Cashier at Taco Ole Restaurant in Edinburg.
Joseph would have been married 3 years this month, and he would tell everyone that his greatest pride was the birth of his son just over one year ago. He would say that he was blessed to have been able to stay home and care for his son during the course of his illness. He was a very hands on Dad. Facebook is full of pictures that he took with his son. The look on Matthan’s face in these pictures reflects that he was just as fond of his Dad, as his Dad was of him.
His love and joy spilled over to his wife, family, friends, and actually, anyone he would meet. He loved to hug. He would hug everyone!!! It was also a well known fact he could be a clown. His niece described him as a “goof”, and even though that may not sound as such a pleasant thing to be to most people, it really was a great way to describe Joseph. And I have no doubt he would approve. He loved to joke around and have fun. He also had some more serious things he enjoyed. For example, he was very artistic. He created many things. His talent was endless. He even made many of the decorations for his own wedding reception, which everyone knows, was not an easy task to do. He also loved plants and gardening. His lawn was another of his numerous pride and joys. Oh, and I can’t forget that he was virtually a chef. He loved to cook.
So, perhaps he was not able to be a grandfather, as he had dreamed, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was thrilled to be a father. And since his son was only 1 year old, he was not able to take him fishing, or hunting, but he was able to do other things with him, such as take him to his first cooking class! Yes, Matthan had been to a cooking class! So, in the end, although not a culmination of his dream, he would say “it was a good life, Lord.” And he would be thankful and rejoice for the time he was given.
Visitation will take place on Friday, September 22 from 1 PM to 9 PM with a 7 PM rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Funeral Services will be at 10 AM on Saturday, September 23 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.