SPOKANE — Jesuit Father L. Don Davis, who taught at Jesuit High School in the late 1950s and early 1960s, died June 19 here.
Eventually a university professor, his teaching career in church history spanned more than 30 years and led him to lecture halls in the U.S. and Europe.
The eldest of two brothers, he was born in Havre, Mont. Jan. 27, 1930. After attending Gonzaga University for three years, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan. In 1958, as a Jesuit in training, he began a three-year period of teaching at Jesuit High. Colleagues and students recall him for his wit, dedication and enthusiasm.
In 1961 he went to study theology in Rome and was ordained there in 1964.
With advanced degrees in history from Gonzaga and the Gregorian University in Rome, he completed a doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Gonzaga, Weston School of Theology, Xavier University and at Gonzaga’s Florence program. In 2002, Father Davis suffered a serious stroke which took him out of the classroom; he spent the remainder of his life convalescing and in a ministry of prayer.
A funeral Mass was held at the Jesuit House Chapel at Gonzaga.