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Rev. Gordon Kenneth Davis, devoted husband, loving father, and dedicated man of God, passed away on July 1, 2024, at the age of 95.

Gordon was born on July 16, 1928, in Denver, Colorado. The youngest of four, his childhood was marked by hardship – abuse, frequent moves, as well as the severe poverty of the Great Depression. Still, his youth produced a wealth of legendary stories: playing hooky to climb a mountain and getting stuck, contracting so many illnesses the doctor said he wouldn’t make it to 20 years old; and driving a truck at the age of 12, shearing off a gas line at their farm, and then having to drive into town to fix it before his dad got home, to name just a few.

Gordon’s direction in life was unclear until, after moving to Hayward, CA as a teenager, he met his best friend and future wife Dorothy Mae Dyer. Once he had enlisted in the Air Force they married, and together found Christ. Gordon put his family first in everything, vowing (and succeeding) to give them the stability and unconditional love he didn’t receive growing up.

Gordon entered divinity school after his honorable discharge from the Air Force, and in 1955 opened the San Francisco Neighborhood Church, where he faithfully pastored for the next twelve years. Gordon and Dorothy poured themselves into creating and fostering an incredible community there that endured long after they left.

In 1960, Gordon and Dorothy welcomed their son, Dyer, into the world. Gordon embarked on his second career as an insurance agent with State Farm in 1968, and a few years afterwards, moved from San Francisco to San Bruno, CA. Tragically, Dorothy passed away from cancer in March of 1974. This moment tested Gordon’s faith and is a loss that shaped the rest of his life.

God brought a new insurance client, Sharon Lee, into Gordon’s life a year later. After a short courtship, they married and enjoyed a 49-year marriage. They welcomed son Curtis in 1977 and daughter Joy in 1980.

While working at State Farm, Gordon also took on the role of interim pastor for 8 years at Cedar Ave Baptist Church in San Bruno, CA. But even when he wasn’t behind the pulpit, many of his former insurance clients would attest that he never stopped being a pastor. Strangers quickly became friends; they saw Gordon as a counselor and confidant.

In 1996, Gordon faced a new challenge – heart failure – requiring an emergency sextuple-bypass surgery. Never doing anything in half measure, Gordon’s surgery was the first time the hospital had ever attempted such a feat. This marked another pivotal moment in his life, with each year following this surgery feeling like a special gift of “bonus time.”

Gordon retired from a hugely successful career with State Farm at the age of 77. Upon retirement, he and Sharon spent some time in La Quinta, CA near dear friends and then moved to Buffalo, MN to be closer to their daughter, Joy, and her family.

Gordon leaves a legacy of love, compassion and a commitment to Christ that touched the lives of everyone he met. His passion for sharing his faith with others, his wonderful sense of humor (including the ability to speak in Donald Duck), and of course his love for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers will be remembered for generations.

Gordon leaves behind his wife, Sharon, three children, Dyer (Beth), Curtis, and Joy (Brian), eight grandchildren, one great grandson, and extended friends and family who will all miss him greatly.

Gordon repeated one thing again and again as he lay dying: “L-O-V-E, love.” That is truly his legacy, thanks be to God.

A private family celebration of life will be held at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA.

The family requests that In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to either the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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