Floyd G. “Schott” Davis, a long time resident of Monument, Colorado recently passed away on October 22, 2023 at the age of 92. Schott, as he was known by his friends and family, was a gifted athlete, teacher and coach. He was born to Joseph Glenn and Wilhelmina Christiansen Davis in Logan, UT, the eighth of nine children, all of whom had preceded him in death. Schott is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, LaVonne Jensen Davis, originally from Brigham City, UT as well as three of his children, Gregg Davis, also in Monument, Nance Kearns of Draper, UT and Christine Eppley of Flower Mound, TX. One daughter, Kimberley Matthews, preceded him in death. Schott and LaVonne have 19 grand children and 49 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov 17th at 11:00 am at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center Street, Logan, UT. A gathering of family and friends will be held that morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
Schott was a four sport athlete in high school playing football, basketball, baseball and golf. He continued playing golf and baseball while attending Utah State while also participating in Air Force ROTC. After graduation, he earned a commission in the US Air Force, and turned down an opportunity to play professional baseball and join the Boston Red Sox. While a somewhat difficult decision, he felt that as an officer in the Air Force he was not only serving his country but providing a better life for his future family.
Schott suffered a severe hunting accident early in his Air Force career, while completing pilot training. When recovering from foot surgery, he was advised that while difficult, he would be able to walk again but not likely to be able to run. Schott was able to incorporate his athleticism and physical conditioning to prove his doctors were wrong. He continued playing baseball, basketball and golf as an amateur athlete and even won a Colorado state championship in badminton, twenty years later. Schott, accompanied by his growing family, had many wonderful assignments including two wonderful years in Saudi Arabia and eight years at the Air Force Academy where he was called upon to coach and teach. While at the Academy, he was selected to serve as the Director of Athletics and Military Training as well as the head basketball coach at the Air Force Preparatory School. He was later selected to coach the All Air Force Team in the Armed Forces Basketball Championship. After winning this tournament, Schott was selected to coach the All Star Armed Forces team in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) tournament. Upon winning this tournament he was selected to take the American AAU All Star team to play several games in the USSR and Finland against the pre 1972 Russian Olympic team.
After retiring from twenty years in the Air Force as a Lt. Col., Schott became a member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and was later hired to be the Head Pro at Woodmoor Country Club (CC) in Monument. Shortly after taking this job, the Woodmoor Corporation, which owned the CC, filed for bankruptcy. Schott petitioned the court to keep the CC open and later with a small group of members, was able to buy the CC from the court as a member owned CC. Schott served as the club’s head professional for fifteen years and during this time, he also served as an instructor at several national PGA schools, helped establish a Junior PGA organization to promote junior golf in the Pikes Peak area, as well as, start and coach the first Lewis-Palmer high school golf team in Monument. Schott achieved a Lifetime Membership status of the PGA.
Schott was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While stationed in Saudi Arabia, as there were no organized church units, he was called to organize members of the church from the military and the American oil company employees and their families. Sacrament meetings were discreetly held in his quarters. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed trips with family and friends particularly with his son Gregg and brother Don. Even with his many duties, responsibilities and interests, he was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed!
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