THE STORY OF JONATHON DAVIS
TOLD BY OUR FOUNDER, CHARLES JONES
I was at a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game and it was the middle of the 2nd period. One of the old crew called me, which was very unusual. I ignored the first call, but when he rang me the second time immediately, I knew it had to be something serious. I answered the phone, asking him to give me a second so that I could hear him. It was really loud in the stadium so I went out into the concession area to talk. Dave told me that Jon was killed in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Jonathon Dale Davis was the first mentor I had in the Marines, and also one of the most important people I had ever met. A few weeks later, Helena (Jon’s wife) reached out to a few of the guys that knew him best and write letters to Calvin about the man his father was. While doing this I felt that a letter was a good but lacked the depth of what Jon really meant to me. I decided to do a recording, but also thought that one man’s opinion was not enough. I wanted to make sure that Calvin knew very well what his father was like, so I contacted a few others and interviewed them about Jon.
I believe that this service can help many people to remember and honor their fallen. But more than that, it will help the families and colleagues alike to gain a sense of closure about the tragedy they have suffered.