Ken "The Piano Man" Davis
Kenneth Alden Davis Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 14th ... he was 77 years old. A "Celebration of Life" and open house will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 2-5 p.m. at 565 Butte Dr. Twin Falls, Id.
Obituaries are written many different ways, but Ken asked for it to be like a ladies skirt, long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting. LOL He wanted it to be known that he was stubborn and refused doctors’ orders, deciding to take it on the chin and do it on his terms. Lung Cancer sucks!! It certainly took him much more quickly than anyone expected. He was thankful for the time to spend with all his loved ones this Christmas Season, his favorite time of year.
He was married to the love of his life, Jackie Davis for over 54 years. Their love and life together was magical, the stuff you'd find in movies or sappy love novels. Ken was also survived by his children, Wendy & Robert Kolb, Raina & Tim Petersen, Kenny & Rhonda Davis, Jr; 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; brother, Loren Davis, and sister, Twyla Stratton. My goodness, the love he had for his wife and family is beyond words ... love that could move mountains.
The drive and motivation that Ken possessed was incredible, he had the ability to seek, find and execute ways to win regardless of the situation or obstacles. His passion and definite purpose were driving forces that kept him young at heart and active. Right out of High School, Ken joined and served with the United States Navy from 1958-1962. After his time in the service he followed a Navy buddy, "Bud Honey" to Illinois where he met and married Jackie on July, 31st, 1964. After a short time the newlyweds moved back to Ken’s home state of Montana. He joined and climbed the ladder to success with a Fortune 500 Nationwide Insurance Company which promoted the P.M.A. philosophy and the vision to use the company as a vehicle to become what you desire in life. Being a "Do It Now" kinda guy, he and Jackie opened "The Fish Bowl" in Twin Falls, Id in 1977. Their exotic fish and pet store quickly became a household name for its wide variety of animals, tropical and salt water fish, such as "Angel" the McCaw, "Nasty Ed" the 7ft alligator, "Gordo" the Stingray and many others that helped their store become a landmark and the “Zoo” of Twin Falls Id.
After 25 years of success and fun they decided to retire and close the pet store, however he continued his piano business "Ken's Piano Sales and Service" of 40 years. With his professionalism, quality of work, enthusiasm and his “Billion Dollar” smile this "PIANO MAN" became a household name around the Magic Valley and the Northwest. His passion of pianos and serving the community was infectious. He rebuilt, repaired and refinished hundreds and hundreds of pianos, from locally to around the country, from big named celebrities to helping the next door neighbor ... "No Job Too Big or Too Small" with "Ken's Piano Sales & Service."
It's hard not to like Ken Davis Sr., his resume of life is full of tremendous adventure and living life to the fullest, but his GREATEST success is being able to share it while multiplying himself though others. Every joke, every story, every conversation had a point to it. He was one of the greatest teachers, mentors, and heroes you'd ever have the privilege of meeting. That being said, his dying wish was to develop and teach his son, Kenny Davis Jr., how to become a "Piano Man." Not only did he accomplish this, but he wanted to make sure his wife, (the Love of his Life), his two loyal puppies, (Casper & Cotton), and Angel, (his McCaw) were all taken care of.
Kenneth Alden Davis Sr. did NOT fear death, he feared leaving all his loved ones behind ... husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend continues to teach us in death as he did in life. Stay healthy, happy and terrific “Piano Man”!! You will be dearly missed.
Cremation was under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.
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