OXFORD, Ohio — Talawanda Schools treasurer and CFO Mike Davis became the third person in Butler County to die of the COVID-19 coronavirus with his passing on April 10, the Journal-News reports.
His death shook the community that remembers him for his ready smile, willingness to help and his commitment to the school district which he served as treasurer for 12 years. Those years saw him involved in three major building projects – a new high school, a new Kramer Elementary and the just-begun Marshall Elementary work.
Crystal, his wife of 38 years, called him “a man of integrity, outstanding in his community.”
She said she is still in shock that the man she met when they were sophomores at Talawanda High School had died.
“It has not sunk in. I keep thinking he will come in the door,” Crystal Davis said. “He never said a bad thing about anybody.”
In addition to his wife, Mike Davis leaves three sons: Bryan (Kim), Corey and Dylan (Mary), and one grandchild.
Talawanda Superintendent Ed Theroux praised Davis’ stewardship of district funds.
“Mike was an asset for the Talawanda School District. He invested money wisely and built up what I will call a rainy day fund for the district,” Theroux said.
With group gatherings prohibited as part of the coronavirus precautions, the community is planning an Honor Parade from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Participants will gather at Talawanda Middle School and drive through the neighborhood past the Davis home in tribute to him.
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