Wally graduated from Rancho High School (Las Vegas) in 1966. He graduated from the College of Southern Utah (CSU in Cedar City) in 1971.
Wally was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings; he was in the Elders Quorum Presidency, Young Men’s President and also a scout leader.
He married his sweetheart Sandra Gay Benson on Feb. 21, 1970 in Lynndyl, Utah.
He worked for Safeway Stores Inc. from 1974 to 1985 as a Draftsman and Job Foreman. From 1986-1989 he ran a lawn maintenance company in Las Vegas, Nev. during his step-father’s illness. In 1989 he returned to Cedar City and worked for Bulloch Bros Engineering as a Draftsman.
In 1992 he was hired by Cedar City Corp as a Cemetery Sexton, which he did for 18 years before becoming the Parks and Recreation Director.
He enjoyed his time working for the city and making the parks beautiful, fun and safe for families. He coached baseball from 1981-1995. He worked on numerous committees and enjoyed his service to the city. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge.
While working for the city many, changes took place including building the wall around the cemetery, cemetery expansions, the memorial tree park, the Rotary Centennial Veterans Park, the Lake at the Hills and the new South interchange.
When he wasn’t busy bettering Cedar City, he had many hobbies he enjoyed. His favorite things to do included camping and fishing with family, traveling with Sandy, gold prospecting, coin collecting and walking the dog. He loved taking drives to see the scenery and had a great appreciation for nature.
He was always tending to his yard, taking pictures and telling cheesy jokes on repeat. Wally had a great concern for everyone around him and was always smiling. He loved everyone and everyone loved him.
He is survived by his wife; his mother; his children Misha Murphy (Jason) of Boulder City, Nev., Michael Davis of Washington, Utah, Matthew Davis (Amanda) of West Valley City, Utah, and Marcus Davis (Miranda) of Cedar City, Utah; his brother Lyle Davis (Inez) of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister Linda Francis of Las Vegas, Nev.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father; his grandson Kason Lamond Murphy; and his step-father Leo Knell.
Funeral services were March 15, 2016 at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 West, Cedar City, Utah). Viewings were Monday, March 14 at the mortuary and Tuesday morning before services at the mortuary under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.
Sandy and her family want to thank Dr. Marshall and his staff, all the kind and loving doctors, nurses and aides at the Intermountain Southwest Cancer Center and Alliance Hospice.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wallace Davis memorial fund set up at Mountain America to fund a memorial tree.