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John “Jack” Davis – InForum

John Henry Davis III (Jack) died on November 14, 2022 at the age of 68 surrounded by his family at his home on Leek Lake. He was born on March 16, 1954 to John H. and Dora E. (Pickard) Davis in Fargo, ND. He was married to Erlene Grotting on June 11, 1977 and together they had two sons, Nathan and Scott. The boys were involved with ice hockey, and Jack served on the board of directors of the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association from 1990-1996. They lived in Moorhead, MN for many years before moving to Trowbridge-Leek Lake in Vergas, MN in 2006.

Jack is survived by his wife Erlene, sons Nathan (Jacalyn) Davis, Fargo ND, and Scott (Jessica) Davis, Detroit Lakes MN, sisters Karen (Chuck) Malmskog, Isanti MN and Jane (Paul) Olson, Fargo ND, sisters – in-law Marlene (Carey) Ulschmid, Hawley MN, Elaine (Ian) Glen, Fargo, ND, brother-in-law John Grotting, Moorhead MN, grandchildren Aidan and Aayla Davis, Fargo ND and Emily Lill, Camden and Owen Davis of Detroit Lakes MN. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and their families, aunts Alice Pickard, Woodburn OR, and Janice Pickard, Mesa AZ, many cousins, and many friends who will miss him dearly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws Erling and Isadora Grotting, his brother-in-law Herman Bryn, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jack graduated from Fargo South High in 1972 and recently celebrated his 50th high school reunion where he reunited with many old friends. During high school and college, he worked at the Red Owl grocery store and at Morris TV and Appliance. Jack attended NDSU architecture school but soon turned to another career that better suited his engineering skills and was employed at Border States Electric until his retirement in 2014, beginning in the warehouse and at the city desk and culminating in his position as Automation Account Manager. He formed many lifelong friendships with employees and customers.

Jack had many passions in life including new technology, architecture, carpentry, landscaping, sea life, cars, bobcats, drones and photography. He and Erlene owned The Venue at Meadows on Lind (wedding venue) and Pens and Needles Lakeside (hobby resort) on Lind Lake in Detroit Lakes for many years, where Jack built the new wedding and reception structure and beautifully maintained the property. He photographed many weddings at the venue. Jack was happiest when he was doing or building something for someone.

Jack was involved in his community and often photographed local events including the Detroit Lakes Ice Palace (where he designed the lighting for years), the 150 Sails Up in DL event in honor of their 150th anniversary, Detroit Lakes Polar Plunge Events, weddings, graduations and even the occasional car show or rodeo.

His love of photography led him to one of his greatest joys – serving at the Midwest Christian Filmmakers Academy. Allowing them to use the property he and Erlene owned on Lind Lake, where they could make films and train new faith-based filmmakers, sparked his passion and brought him great joy. He traveled to various places with the academy and documented its process in pictures.

Jack’s funeral will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, 609 US Highway 10, Detroit Lakes, MN with a 4:00 p.m. visit, a 5:00 p.m. service, followed by a light dinner and reception. The service can be viewed live streamed at by clicking the link in Jack’s obituary. A private family funeral will take place at a later date. Memorials can be made in Jack’s name to the Humane Society of Detroit Lakes, the Marshmallow Animal Shelter of Detroit Lakes, the Becker County Museum, the Roger Marris Cancer Center in Fargo, or your favorite charity.

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