Governor Los Angeles Colony of Mayflower Descendents in the State of California 1968-1970

Dr Raymond Howland Davis 1910-2009

On January 2, 2009 former Los Angeles Colony Governor Dr Raymond Howland Davis passed away at his home in Trinidad California (descended from John Howland). He was governor from 1968 to 1970. He was born in Venice California June 6, 1910, the second of four brothers according to the 1920 census. He attended Santa Monica College and graduated in the first class from that college. From there he went to USC and obtained a Doctorate in Dentistry. Then he married Katherine Joy Hazelton and practiced Dentistry while starting a family. When the Second World War came along he was made an officer, and served his country.

In Southern California today we see bicyclists on almost every highway, but seventy years ago the roads where not as good and long distance bicycling was quite an adventure. Raymond rode his bicycle all the way from Canada to Mexico. He also had a ten foot row boat that he once rowed from Catalina to Los Angeles. Ray enjoyed camping, and took on the challenge of climbing the highest peaks in the continetal United States. He liked to travel and take pictures, at a colony meeting in April 1969 he showed slides of his recent trip to South America, which was one of a number of presentations

When Ray retired he moved up North to Trinidad California, and became a prominent member of the community. He is survived by his two daughters, Penny Ross, and Martha Nelson. His son Michael and wife Kay had passed away. He was a year and four months from turning 100 years old. He has six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


The Howland Family in Venice California 1910