John P. Davis ’56May 11th, 2011 | By Trisha Kendall | Category: 2011 Spring, In Memoriam
John P. Davis ’56 of Tonopah, Nev., died on January 26, 2011. Born in New York in 1934, John grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif., and attended Laguna Blanca High School. A member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he graduated from Mines with a professional degree in mining engineering and worked in the mining industry until the early 1960s. John graduated from the University of California Davis School of Law in 1972, and opened a law practice in Minden, Nev. He became a justice of the peace in Smith Valley in Lyon County, Nev. In 1990, John beat Paul Parraguire in an election for district judge of the 5th Judicial District. He was well-respected as a fair justice; lawyers, clerks and other judges all mourned his passing. John loved the outdoors and owned a plot of land in Nye County, Nev. He also enjoyed hunting and riding horses, and could often be seen running in Goldfield, Nev., during his lunch breaks. He is survived by his friend of many years, Yvonne Jensen, with whom he shared a deep commitment.