Lafayette, CO - Kevin Patrick Davies, age 63 died at home on Monday, February 18, 2019, following a difficult battle with metastasized melanoma.
Kevin was born May 22, 1955 to parents Raymond and Neva (Preston) Davies and grew up in Gibraltar, Michigan. As a kid he enjoyed being wild, running in the woods and swamps, trapping small animals, playing with his siblings and cousins, and enjoying countless trips to his grandparents’ turkey farm in Coldwater. After high school he followed his love, Darlene (Demie) Wojdyla to Houston, Texas, and then together they settled in Lafayette, Colorado in 1976, where they would build a life together and have their two children, Alicia and Mike.
Kevin was many things during his life: a husband, a dad, a bapa, a creator, a dreamer, a voracious reader, a history buff, a dog whisperer, a die-hard Rockies fan, a bit of a crazy driver, a good friend, but most of all a story teller. He had a story for everything and anything. He loved retelling the stories from his life. Stories of his childhood, trips to his grandparents' turkey farm, which gave him a healthy taste for turkey dinners multiple times a year. Driving cars on frozen lakes, and crossing into Canada to buy alcohol or fireworks. Rock concerts, long hair, drugs and a wild youth. Chasing love to Houston Texas. Life in a tiny apartment with cinder block furniture. Tomato soup made of watered down ketchup, and just barely getting by. His short stint as a dog catcher, run-ins with racoons, and all sorts of critters requiring him to be brave, if not a little crazy. Backyard gardens, chickens as pets, and hacky sack with friends. The stories of two difficult pregnancies, and all of the fun that comes with becoming a dad. He loved his wife and kids more than anything. These years brought stories of family meals, Thanksgivings and Saint Patrick’s Day parties that everyone wanted to attend. Sunday morning breakfasts, improvised stir-frys, cinnamon apples, great scotch, and craft beers. Summer road trips and camping in almost every national park. Hikes and adventures, and family pets. He was a builder by trade, and took pride in his work. He was a perfectionist and a leader, and he enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment he got from a good day’s work. More recently he became a grandfather, or “bapa” as he was called. His grandchildren gave him new life. He enjoyed visiting with them weekly. He was a family man through and through, and they were with him until the end. His story can also be told by the music he loved as he always had a tune he was singing or whistling: Richard Thompson, Talking Heads, Beatles, ELO, Moody Blues, Roy Orbison and all classic rock. He will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor, his irish brogue, his amazing talent quoting old movies, his ability to talk to anyone and everyone, and his gentle nature. He is survived by his wife Darlene (Demie) Wojdyla, daughter Alicia Atchison and husband Chad, son Michael Davies and partner Allyson Carlson, grandchildren Miles and Fiona, brother Joe (and Kitty) Davies, sister Pam (and Max) Waagner, brother Paul (and Dalene) Davies, brother Steve Davies, sister Neva Davies Foster, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. Per his requests, Kevin will be cremated. A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Longmont, Colorado.
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