Joseph L Davis

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Joseph L Davis

Joseph L Davis



Joseph L Davis, of Laurel, Montana passed away Friday April 9th 2021 at the age of 79. 

Joe was born in Indiana where he acquired a love of the outdoors, farm life, and animals. He was a life-long learner, avid reader, wood worker, and builder. He grew up and went to high school in Niles, Michigan where he developed a talent and deep appreciation for music, spending much of his time outdoors, fishing and hunting. He played the coronet in high school and for the Michigan State Marching band where he attended college studying music and animal husbandry. He was awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts as a horn player. 

After college he married Madelon Bennett Aug. 8th, 1964 and began work for Michigan Bell in 1967. He worked for telephone companies for 30 years doing everything from climbing poles to installing the first fiber optic network in South Central Montana. He always wanted to live in the West and moved his family to Wyoming and Montana in the early 70s. Working full-time for the phone company, he found time to help many friends build and remodel their homes and cabins on a variety of construction projects. Joe served with the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department for over 10 years. He designed and built the first electronic shot box for them and helped to produce the annual 4th of July fireworks show for many years. 

Joe loved his dogs and horses – and they loved him. He was known for a quick-witted sense of humor. In retirement, Joe spent time woodworking in his shop, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family and dogs. 

Joseph is survived by his wife Madelon, sons Andrew (Drew) and Kord, daughter-in-law Sarah, and grandchildren Cooper and Tucker Davis, and Shayla and Kennedy Deming. He is also survived by brother-in-law Brian Bennett and nieces and nephews in Michigan.

At Joe’s request, there will be no memorial. His ashes will be scattered at a later date in a location he loved. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Laurel Public Library. 


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