We have suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Jack Davis on May 28, 2020. His actions have directly impacted the lives of countless individuals, making it possible for them to live a more fulfilling existence. From education and economic development to arts and cultural placemaking, Jack had a remarkable capacity to bring together changemakers and he fought hard for the people, the groups, and the organizations that make up this community we call home.    

As the press releases emerge, we are reminded of the sheer magnitude of his efforts and Fenner Conservancy is just one example on a long list of organizations honored to be part of his legacy. Beginning in 2009, he and Sue became members of the non-profit conservancy that manages the park and throughout the years, the Davises contributed to the establishment of our endowment fund, sponsored the Maple Syrup and Apple Butter Festivals, created the Davis Donor Patio and were founding members of  the Acorns to Oaks Giving Society. Most recently, they made it possible to expand our reach into the community with the creation of the Susan & Jack Davis Nature Pavilion which opened in December of 2019. 

Fenner Conservancy is just one example in a long list of organizations honored to be part of Jack Davis’ legacy. His presence will be greatly missed. To enlarge the photos and to view their captions, please click on one of the images above.

Though his philanthropic spirit tremendously impacted this organization’s ability to deliver its mission, the profound sense of loss we are feeling isn’t necessarily linked to what he did, but is more so linked to who he was.

Jack carried with him a formidable presence and when he entered a room everyone seemed to sit just a little bit straighter in their chairs. Rare was the occasion when Jack was seen in anything other than a fresh suit. He was forthcoming and direct, never one to dance around the hard questions. He was firm in his position but also fair in how he arrived there. He reveled in the thrill of a good debate. However, just below that businesslike exterior resided the content of his character: his unwavering empathy for others, his desire to serve his community and his quiet kindness. He has inspired many, including myself, to be better leaders for Lansing and though he has gone from us, we are committed to keeping the flame of a better future roaring in this city. His presence will be greatly missed, and I am honored to have known him. 

– Liz Roxberry, Fenner Conservancy Executive Director

The Davis family deeply appreciates the outpouring of support from the community. At this time, the family asks that condolences and tributes be shared through this website:

As of Friday, May 29, 2020 The Loomis Law Firm has announced arrangements for a celebration of life will be forthcoming. Please refer to the website listed above or the Loomis Law Firm website at: