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Obituary: Davis, John

DAVIS, John John Davis, founder and co-owner of the Ugly Duck, died peacefully on October 27, 2014 at the age of 78.

After John was diagnosed with cancer, he left us quietly and unexpectedly a week later.

John was a true entrepreneur having founded many businesses in his life time, but his last and most enjoyed was the Ugly Duck.

The Ugly Duck opened its doors 22 years ago and soon grew to be a well-known entity, not only because of the products, but also because of John’s distinctive voice heard on the television and radio ads.

Surviving John is his loving and beautiful wife of 62 years, Arline Davis, and his five children Valarie Hartfield, Vincent Davis, Victor Davis, Vernon Davis and Veronica Polidori as well as the young man they took under their wing, Chris (Kip) Erickson.

John loved teasing, giving noogies and hugging his 15 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Also surviving John are his two brothers, Art and Paul Davis.

Services to be held on Saturday, November 1st at 12 pm at Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes (1115 W. Riverside).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Hospice of Spokane.

To view John’s online memorial, please visit

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