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Tom Duane Davis

November 24, 1947 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 73)

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Thomas Duane Davis died on January 7, 2021, while in care at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley due to complications with COVID. Tom was born on Nov. 24, 1947 in Haxtun, Colorado to his parents Andrew and Opal (Marvin) Davis. He attended Haxtun Schools and graduated from Haxtun High School in 1966.  He loved playing sports, playing drums in the band, and singing in the choir. Tom earned certification from the Police Academy and the Sheriff’s Academy. Tom was a member of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association, Colorado State Firefighters Association, Phillips County Sheriff’s Department, Town of Haxtun Police Department, Haxtun Volunteer Fire Department, Haxtun Ambulance Service, Haxtun United Methodist Church, Haxtun Lion’s Club, Haxtun Masonic Lodge No. 164, Shriners, and the Haxtun Booster Club. 

Tom’s father died while he was in the 4th grade and he and his 5 older brothers were raised by an amazing mother in a one-bedroom house in Haxtun.  He learned responsibility early, helping at home, and doing odd jobs to help with the family finances. Tom married his wife, Theresa Irene Harms on November 5th, 1966 and was employed at various jobs until he turned 21 and joined the Haxtun Police Department. He stayed in that job until December 31, 1974 when he ran for Sheriff and was elected in Phillips County.  He was in the Sheriff’s Department until August of 1977 when he resigned to become Police Chief in Haxtun.  Too much politics, is what he used to say about the Sheriff’s office.  

Tom remained Police Chief in Haxtun until he retired in August 1998. Many citizens recall the help he provided as a police officer at all times of need. Teenagers recall him keeping an eye on them, telling them to go home, when it was time; and sometimes following them to make sure they made it. Tom displayed responsibility, respect and cared deeply for his community, being a strong, positive role model for many. He was a fireman for 30 years and an EMT for the Haxtun Ambulance for many years. Following retirement, Tom worked for the Haxtun Hospital District and the Phillips County Road & Bridge for another 18 years. Tom, as a Shriner, also sponsored many trips for Haxtun students to attend the Circus in Denver.   

Tom was a family man and proud father. Three children were born from Tom and Theresa’s union, Kim (Davis) Turney in 1967, Tamara (Davis) Durbin in 1969 and Tommy Davis in 1972.  He loved watching his children play sports, participate in school and community activities, and was proud to video-tape all of these special moments with his children.

 Many of Tom’s weekends were spent remodeling at either his home, or one of his brothers’ homes.  The cousins all got to spend a lot of time together.   He was a great carpenter in his spare time and he loved taking family trips and camping in Poudre with all the Davis crew every year.  He and his wife, Theresa, nearly made it to all 50 states and visited Mexico and Canada. As a couple, they enjoyed cruises and photo books are full of beautiful memories from these trips and experiences. 

                Through the years, he gained 10 grandchildren.  He loved to rock the babies, but they finally figured out that if they crawled into his chair with him, they would fall asleep.  He was an excellent whistler, which he tried to instill into them. He loved watching his grandchildren excel in sports, activities and school and travelled with groups of his grandchildren to different locations for vacations, making enduring, lasting memories. He instilled in them a feeling of accomplishment and was incredibly proud of the young adults they are. 

                After his retirement, he needed the T-shirt that said, “I’m not really retired, because now I work for my wife.”  Tom helped Theresa with her childcare business throughout their entire married life.  He would fix broken toys, build things, rock the babies to sleep and treated all the daycare children like family.  Many children benefitted from his guidance and love. 

                He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Theresa (Harms) Davis, his children Kim (Davis) and Dan Turney, Tamara (Davis) and Jeff Durbin, and Tommy and Dana (Pierce) Davis all of Haxtun, his brother Will Davis and wife Andrea of Hudson, his grandchildren, Josh Turney of Wales, United Kingdom, Jayden (Durbin) Miracle and husband Chad,  soon to be great-grandchild, baby Miracle of Sterling, Jordyn Turney and fiancé David Alkire of Greeley,  Andrew Davis, in the Navy and stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,  Brandon Durbin of Sterling, Brooklyn Davis, going to college in Denver, Hailey Durbin, Christopher Durbin, Jerron Turney and Ryan Davis, all of Haxtun, and his wife’s family, brothers Virgil and Eloise Harms of Paoli, Dennis and Donna Harms of Imperial, sister, Lorraine Green of Julesburg and  many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brothers, Dean Davis, Gene Davis, George Davis, Jim Davis and their spouses, and granddaughter, Sydney Durbin, infant daughter of Jeff and Tamara Durbin. 

                Memorials to the Tom Davis Memorial Fund can be mailed to 202 Westridge, Haxtun, CO 80731.  

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
January 13, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Haxtun United Methodist Church
106 South Washington Street
Haxtun, CO 80731

Funeral Service
Wednesday
January 13, 2021

1:30 PM
Haxtun United Methodist Church
106 South Washington Street
Haxtun, CO 80731

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