04-15-1942 – 09-01-2022
Ross Davis died a peaceful death on September 1 at Asante Ashland Hospital after loving goodbyes from his family.
Ross was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Dr. Joe and Hazel Davis. Ross attended Grant High School where he served as President of his Senior Class. Following High School Ross attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he met his future wife, Kathleen. After marrying in 1964, Ross and Kathleen moved to Salem Oregon where Ross attended Willamette University Law School, graduating in 1967. He practiced law in Portland where sons Brian and Michael were born. Then Ross had an opportunity to take a position in the Jackson County District Attorney’s office. Two years later Ross joined the firm of Harbison, Kellington and Kellington where he had a general practice. Son Joe was born in 1972 and soon after, in 1973, Governor McCall appointed Ross to take a position in the the Jackson County District Court. Eventually the District Court merged with Circuit Court and in 1994 Ross became a Circuit Court Judge. He served as a Judge for nearly 30 years, most of them as presiding judge.
During that time Ross received many honors, among which was an Oregon Judicial Survey ranking Judge Davis first of all District Judges in integrity, diligence, and informing and instructing the jury. Ross was also honored by Community Works as “Visionary of the Year” and by Mediation Works with an honor of Lifetime Achievement for Community Peacemaking. The Center for Nonprofit Legal Services honored Ross with the 2004 Community Partnership Award for “dedicated service in building a community that strives to ensure justice for all Oregonians.”
Ross was a member of the Medford Rogue Rotary Club and served on many community boards, including the YMCA, Community Works, Jackson County Council on Alcoholism, the Red Cross, and the Rogue Valley Chorale. He was President and Vice President of the Oregon District Judges Association and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Commission on the Judicial Branch and Council on Court Procedure.
Ross was a passionate fly fisherman, especially enjoying frequent trips to the Deschutes River with his father and subsequently with his children. He was a fine singer and sang not only in Medford Congregational Church choir but also with the Rogue Valley Chorale for 36 years. As part of his Chorale experience Ross played the part of the Judge in a production of “Trial by Jury”, a Gilbert and Sulliven spoof of court life. The group performed the musical at the Oregon State Bar meeting in Seaside after first performing in the old Justice Building chambers.
Ross was deeply dedicated to his family and was supremely happy when engaged in activities with family members.
Ross is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen, and by sons Brian, Michael (Kelly) and Joe (Monica) and by beloved grandchildren Emily, Ross, Sara and Nico.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please consider a donation honoring Ross to the Medford Family YMCA or to The Center for Nonprofit Legal Services.