Marion Davis Memorial set for Aug. 17 at Taylar Young

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 4, 2019

Friends and family, we have been heartened with the outpouring of love and support you have all shown us these past two weeks. We held a quiet family graveside service last Saturday and laid Marion on the other side of Taylar next to his Apple tree, at which time an Apple fell serendipity next to Marion during the service.


Please join us in celebrating Marion's amazing impact on all of us Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Taylar Young Memorial Ballpark at South Anchorage High School. 


Matson Lines and Firetap are helping our family with hosting the services for which we are forever grateful. After the services we encourage anyone interested to stop by Firetap for one final “TOAST” in Marion's honor.


Please feel free to pass along the flyer to anyone that may be interested in attending.


Marion Gibson Davis


Our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at St. Vincent Providence Hospital in Portland on July 18, 2019.  Marion was Born September 18, 1948, in Greenville, Mississippi to Emett George Davis and Royce Christine Davis, the 4th of four siblings. His father was a carpenter and Marion often followed him around when he was a young boy, watching and learning.  He was able to do almost anything with his hands and did beautiful tile work and carpentry as well as fixing plumbing and electrical issues.  Marion's father died when he was young and it was then that he began making trips to Anchorage to stay with his sister during the summers, Christine Moesch.


After graduating from Delta State College, Marion moved to Anchorage for good and began working in the shipping industry.  During this, time he met Charlotte Young and they were married in December, 1972.


As vice president and general manager of Horizon Lines of Alaska, Marion had led what is now Matson’s Alaska operations from 2008 through the acquisition in 2015.


Over his 30-year career, having joined Sea-Land in 1985 as Anchorage Port Director in 1985, Marion became known among customers and employees as a straight-talking, results oriented, humble individual with deep convictions and integrity.  Among his many accomplishments with Horizon, a major part of Marion’s legacy was his contribution to setting up the Dutch Harbor port location that opened in 1991.  Throughout his career, Marion received many accolades for outstanding performances with Sea=Land, CSX, Horizon Lines, and Matson.


Marion was always active in his community and ready to lend a hand wherever needed.  He served on the board of directors of Alaskan’s for litter prevention & Recycling (ALPAR), Special Olympics Alaska, Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation Committee, Angelus Memorial Park, All Alaska Longshore Trust, Alaska Teamsters 959 Pension and Health & Welfare Trusts, and Taylar Young Memorial Foundation.  He was very involved in the construction of Taylar Young Memorial Ballpark at South Anchorage High, which was built in his grandson's (Taylar Young) honor.  He was a strong supporter of youth activities in the Anchorage area.


Marion is survived by his wife, Charlotte, son Dennis L. Young, daughter Kristen Davis-Lankford (Alan), grandson Jack Taylar Lankford, grandson Schuyler Young and several nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Odom, Elaine Davis and Christine Moesh, and his grandson Taylar Young.


A Celebration of Life will be held at South High School on August 17th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Taylar Young Memorial Foundation, 1907 Post Rd. Anchorage, AK 99501.


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