In Memory

De Davies

De Davies

DeWayne Davies passed away on Monday Sept 21, 2015 at the age of 68. Born in 1947 in Salt Lake City UT to Wayne Oliver Davies and Doris Strong Davies, he graduated from East High School in 1965 and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Belfast, Ireland and on the Isle of Man.

Afterwards, he attended the University of Utah and married Georgia Law in 1969. Together they had one son, Tyrone Davies, and De began a career in hotel management and worked at the historic Hotel Utah. De and Georgia later divorced and he moved to Washington DC, where he continued his career in the hotel industry and lived with his partner Mark Moreno.

Throughout De’s life, he devoted his spare time to helping raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic via a number of charitable organizations. De’s partner Mark died of AIDS in 1992. De was a loving father and grandfather and throughout his life, he managed hotels in Salt Lake City, Washington DC and San Francisco where he retired. After retiring, De moved back to Salt Lake City where he volunteered his time as an HIV health counselor.

He is survived by his son, Tyrone, Tyrone’s wife Marisa, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Colleen Payne, her husband Weldon Payne, and their four children. A small memorial service will take place on Wednesday September 30th at 7 pm in the first floor social room at the Brigham Apartments in downtown Salt Lake City (201 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111).

All are welcome to attend. For those who cannot find street parking, there may be some special spaces available. Contact Tyrone Davies at 801-596-3890 for parking details or any questions about door access. There will also be a grave dedication the next morning. For further details please contact Tyrone Davies at 801-596-3890. Any who wish to, may send flowers to 1968 East 2100 South Salt Lake City 84106.

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10/04/15 10:42 AM #1    

Allen Allen

De was a good friend through high school and last I saw him was at the Motel Utah (I believe that's what they called it, on North Temple kind just west of Temple Square).  That's the last I ever saw or heard of him and knew he had married Georgia.  So I'm glad Georgia posted this update.  Thanks for doing so and sorry to hear of his passing!  

10/05/15 05:42 AM #2    

Steve Smith

I am sorry to hear of De's passing, I did not know him very well but did have a few classes with him. RIP my friend.

10/06/15 10:58 AM #3    

Joan Knudsen (Connolly)

I enjoyed De very much--and had not heard that he had passed on. I am not sure I even knew that you two had married.....I am so sorry to hear of his passing.  


Georgia, where are you?  Are you in Salt Lake?  I would love to see you.....I  have alot of fun memories of you from East High!   Let me know if you are near by.  Love, Joan Connolly


10/07/15 05:49 PM #4    

Michael Robinson

De and I had a number of classes together.  He was a gentle soul, kind-hearted, and good.  I am sorry to learn of his untimely death.  Michael Robinson

10/08/15 07:07 AM #5    

Clifford Worsley

Sorry to hear of De's passing also. We had classes and a moderate friendship during the years at East. May God grant comfort to his family as they deal with his death especially during these holiday times. Cliff Worsley

10/08/15 09:54 AM #6    

Susan Rasmussen (Turner)

De was in my Ward and was always sweet and kind and we had a lot of fun together.  I remember his parents had a formal Valentine dinner party for a group of the us at his home.   I hope that his family will find comfort and remember all the good times that they shared.


10/15/15 06:26 PM #7    

Marguerite Price (Searle)

We never know when our time will be up here on this earth.  Mm- I just recently inquired about you through Georgia.  We had so much fun doing that play together.  I will always remember your big smile and the laughter we shared during our practices.  What a sweet, gentle soul you are De.  May your family be comforted. 

Much Love - Marguerite

06/21/16 04:18 PM #8    

Kent Castleton

I had not registered on this forum and did not plan to until I discovered that De had died.  I never knew him as an adult and, frankly, don't recall when I last saw him.  We lived on P street and 2nd ave in the 1950s.  De and I attended grade school together, and I liked him.  My  mother and Mrs. Davies seemed to enjoy chatting, so mom and I would stroll up P street a block to 3rd avenue on an afternoon and visit.  while the mothers sat and talked, De and I went to his room and played with what I considered to be a primo collection of toys.


I have never forgotten De Davies.  having known him only in childhood, I can only  say that he impressed me as a gentle, kind soul whose company I valued.  Now, 60 years later, I think back on those years and my very happy childhood, and remember De as a good friend.



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