John “Johnny Boy” Horman Powell Davis, 88, died June 23, 2018, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.
He was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Schenectady, N.Y., to Richard and Corrinne Horman Davis.
He moved from Chatham, Mass., in 2014 to live with his daughter, Gayle Davis, and son-in-law, Bill Goosmann, in their Salida home, where he enjoyed the beauty of the mountains and warmth of the community.
Family and friends said he was a talented and devoted pianist, who loved playing standard and jazz tunes during the Friday lunch hour at the Salida Community Center.
He was also a fixture at Shallots’ Sunday brunch, where he always ordered eggs Benedict with a “not too spicy, please” bloody mary.
Prior to his 15 years of retirement in Chatham, Mr. Davis was a television producer in New York City, producing daytime television for CBS and evening entertainment, including the Country Music Awards.
With his best friend and co-producer, Sheldon Reiss, he produced “Really Rosie,” an off-Broadway musical with words and music by Carole King and story by his good friend Maurice Sendak.
He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and then enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War as a helicopter flight instructor, later returning to UVA for his master’s in business administration.
His first love remained flying, followed closely by his passion for skiing and, not too far behind, his family.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Gwen Robertson.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law; son, Richard (Stacey) Davis of Concord, Mass.; and nieces, Wyatt Davis of Denver, Jill Lampe and Julie Gorman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Salida High School drama team or the Salida Community Center, 305 F St.
Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.
Online condolences may be offered at lewisandglenn.com.