Leo L. Davis

Leo L. Davis passed away peacefully on October 27, 2017. He was one of seven children born to Alonzo E. and Lucy E. (Plaskett) Davis, pioneers of the upper Sisquoc River and the last settlers to move out of the Manzana Creek Valley in 1921. Leo was born in Sisquoc on October 5, 1924 and attended Olive and Blochman Grade Schools and Santa Maria High School. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Navy to fight in WWII and served on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise. After the war he joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world. He met his future bride, Lillian Sonderegger, in New York City. Leo and Lillian married and moved to Sisquoc in 1948. During the early years of their marriage Leo worked with his older brothers in the Davis Mining Co. and the oil fields. He also learned to fly and received his pilot's license at Hancock Airfield. While raising his five children, Leo joined the Labor Union and worked for R. McGray Construction Company until retirement. Leo loved the ocean and nature and after retiring he devoted his time to deep sea fishing and gardening. He kept his family and his neighbors well supplied with fish and vegetables. He loved his dogs, his cats, and his blue jays. He loved his wife, Lilly, and when she passed away in February he didn't want to go on without her. Leo lived life the way he wanted and left this life the same way; at home in Sisquoc. Thank you, Hospice. Leo is survived by his five children; Mary O'Dell (Jack), Kathleen Eby (Bill), Annette Vogel (Will), Bryon Davis (Deborah), Randy Davis (Tina), 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

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