1922 - 2012
Lemoin Frank Davis, 90, of College Place, passed away December 3, 2012,
at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.
Lemoin was born November 3, 1922, in Welling, Oklahoma, to Charles
J. and Julia Davis. He lived his early youth in Oklahoma. After his mother’s
death in his teens, he lived with his sister Eva and her husband Len Shook,
in Farmington, New Mexico, then in Grangeville, Idaho where he graduated
from high school. After graduation he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in a lookout for a short while.
On March 4, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy and received training in Norman,
OK, and then Philadelphia, PA. He was then transferred to Astoria Naval Air Station in Oregon with
duty on the USS Makassar Strait aircraft carrier. For the remainder of World War II, he served on that
aircraft carrier in the Pacific. On the carrier he was a member of the Arresting Gear Team which
readied the cable across the deck for planes to hook on to as they landed. Lemoin achieved the rank of
Seaman 2nd Class and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign
Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. After his discharge from the Navy in February of 1946,
he served in the Merchant Marines, making several voyages to Japan and Europe.
On October 1, 1947, Lemoin married the love of his life, Christine McKenzie. After marriage they lived in Umapine, Prairie City, OR; Texas, and then settled in Elgin, OR, where Lemoin worked in a sawmill. He and the family then moved to LaGrande where he continued work in a sawmill there.
In 1958, they moved to Finley, WA where they had purchased a dairy. Lemoin and Christine both worked in
the dairy and then Lemoin became employed by Ortho Chemical of Standard Oil in a fertilizer plant. After retiring from Standard Oil, they moved to Anderson Island, WA, where they lived for 13 years. Lemoin and Christine moved to College Place in 1990.
Lemoin was noted for his fishing and golfing skills and he loved to play games with his family. He was a family man whom everyone liked. He was kind to all he met and a friend to all. For the last four years of his life he was afflicted by Alzheimer’s with Christine visiting him daily at Eagle Springs in College Place. During this time he still enjoyed games and was always ready to play his harmonica or sing a western song
for you. During a visit with Lemoin you would always walk away with a smile. He was a member of the 2nd Ward, Walla Walla Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also a member of the College Place Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife Christine, of 65 years; three daughters, Donna Casky of Phoenix, AZ, Penny McNeil of Kennewick, WA, Nancy Davis of Granite Falls, WA; one stepson Jerry Davis of College Place; and numerous grandchildren whom he always enjoyed visiting and playing with.
Viewing will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012, in the Relief Society Room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the church, 1821 South 2nd Street. Bishop John Rowley will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop #312 through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com