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Christopher James Davis

July 4, 1964 April 23, 2021
Christopher James Davis
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Christopher James (Chris, CJ) Davis, 56, passed away on April 23, 2021. He was the beloved spouse of Barbara, his wife of nearly 25 years, and the devoted father to Joshua and Sarah. He also leaves his sisters Jeanine Davis (Hailey and Connor) and Peggy Davis of Los Angeles, CA, his brother Timothy Davis of Aurora, CO, and many deeply grieving members of the Myers, Moreland, and McCauley families. He was preceded in death by his loving parents James Francis Davis and Virginia Ruth (Moreland) Davis.
Chris was born on July 4, 1964 in Denver, CO and lived a carefree life growing up in Colorado with his twin sisters, brother, and many friends. Years later, he would enjoy bringing his own family back to these early stomping grounds to share everything he knew and loved about his home state. And a trip home was not complete without a gathering of family and friends for burgers at the Cherry Cricket.
After graduating from Aurora Central High School in 1982, he began attending Colorado State University (CSU). He pledged Delta Upsilon during his sophomore year, and held several leadership positions, including Chapter Treasurer and Scholarship Chairman. His fraternity brothers remember him as a willing, productive contributor to all Chapter endeavors, especially philanthropic projects and membership development. At a height of 6’7”, he was also a welcome participant on the Chapter’s intramural basketball teams. His brothers, now lifelong friends, recall being drawn to his intellect, strong character, and of course, his sense of humor. He graduated from CSU in 1987 with a baccalaureate degree in Engineering Science.
From there, he began his adult life as a loyal, steady guy who only worked for two companies during his entire 33-year professional career. The first 10 years were for a small company that relocated him from Denver, CO to Daytona Beach, FL where he met his wife. These were especially fun years when leisure time was filled with weekly games of two-man beach volleyball and attending the latest rock concerts with large friend groups that always included Barbara, the love of his life and mother of Joshua and Sarah.
In 1998, he joined Lockheed Martin Corporation and immediately began to distinguish himself, not only for technical and professional excellence, but also for the relationships he established with colleagues and customers. He initially worked at the Kennedy Space Center on the Checkout and Launch Control System Program where he achieved numerous awards. This included winning the prestigious Top-Flight Award two times in his five years on the Program. In 2003, he was selected to work on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 ALIS Program. He relocated his family to the Orlando area, and through his 18 years on the Program, he held a series of increasingly impactful roles culminating in leadership as Chief Architect.
At Lockheed Martin, colleagues remember him as a person with “superhero” traits who focused on using his powers to make the world a better place. From his witty sense of humor, to his uncanny problem-solving skills, and his natural leadership abilities, he always found time to ensure the person across the table or on the other end of the phone felt like their issue was the only thing that mattered to him. He was a mentor to many, a friend to all, and a very special part of the extended family within the ALIS and F-35 Teams. His engineering brain solved the hardest, most complex issues from the earliest days of the F-35 ALIS Program, with a heart that showed compassion and patience for all.
He was a huge sports fan and pledged lifelong loyalty to all the Colorado teams, especially the CSU Rams, the Denver Broncos, and the Colorado Avalanche. He enjoyed attending and watching games with his family and friends. He was also always a lover of music and movies. Over the years, he developed and strengthened many friendships while listening to albums, and going to concerts and movies.
He was a devout Roman Catholic who attended mass with his family every week and made Christ the center of his life. As an active member of St. Stephen Catholic Community, he supported the church’s many outreach activities including serving as an adult leader to take Joshua and Sarah and other parish youth on Catholic Heart Workcamp mission trips.
Though Chris highly valued his professional career, his greatest treasure was his family. His son, Joshua and daughter, Sarah will always be amazing, shining reflections of him. He was so proud to be a part of their school, sports, and social activities through high school graduation and beyond. He was joyfully anticipating their futures as they began their college studies.
It is so difficult to summarize the life of a person who meant so much to so many, and clearly had more to offer this world. Our hearts are irretrievably broken, and our life without him is unimaginable. In his memory, let us all commit to living each day in the positive and thoughtful way he lived focusing on being a light to others.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chris’s name to:
St. Stephen Catholic Community Outreach Program
575 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Services:
St. Stephen Catholic Community
575 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Friday, June 4, 2021
Visitation – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial – 1:00 PM (will also be live-streamed)

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Funeral Mass

Friday

4

Jun

1:00 PM 6/4/2021 1:00:00 PM
St. Stephen Catholic Community

575 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, Florida 32708

St. Stephen Catholic Community
575 Tuskawilla Road Winter Springs 32708 Florida
United States
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