December 15, 2011 |

Former resident Daniel Davis 'man with marshmallow heart'

Former resident Daniel Davis, 33, died in an auto accident Dec. 3 in Spirit Lake, Idaho.

Davis was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on March 29, 1978. The son of Kevin and Philena Davis, he came to Haines with his family at age 10.

"His most formative years were in Haines," said father Kevin Davis. "All his hunting and fishing was up there. With track and basketball, he traveled all over the state and made all kinds of friends."

"He absolutely loved Haines and the wonderful friends he had there," his father said, including trapping, panning for gold, camping and snowmachine riding. Daniel competed on Haines track and basketball teams.

He graduated with honors from Haines High School in 1996. He cut meat at Howsers and worked as a deckhand on a local fishing boat. Starting at age 16, he played men’s league softball for the Pioneers.

Nicole Holm played hardball on a local youth baseball team with Davis. She was one of only two girls on the team. "He always looked out for the girls and kept an eye out for us. In high school, he was a great guy to hang out with and talk to."

Davis moved back to Idaho to attend college for a short while and met and eventually married Rachael Branson Turner, with whom he had three children.

Davis worked as a millwright. He enjoyed dancing, playing games and barbecuing for his friends and family. Family members said he was called "the man with the marshmallow heart."

Davis is survived by wife Rachael Turner and by children Austen Michael, Larissa Marie, and Vanessa Mae Davis, all of Spirit Lake, Idaho; by parents Kevin and Philena Davis of Cocolalla, Idaho; by brother Gabriel (Gator) Davis, and by family friend Christian Branson of Sterling City, Calif.

Local surviving family members include aunt and uncle Elli and Donny Braaten of Haines.

Donations will be placed in trust funds that have been set up for his children at Inland Northwest Bank in Spirit Lake, Idaho.

A celebration of Davis’ life is set for 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at The Lifeway Chapel and Assembly of God, 501 West 15th Avenue, Post Falls, Idaho.