The mysteries of the universe were unveiled to nuclear physicist Cecil “Gil” Davis, on March 12, 2003, when he was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born Cecil Gilbert Davis, Jr. to Cecil and Bernita Davis on February 20, 1925, Gil died following a brief illness leaving behind his wife of 46 years, Loreta, two children, a daughter-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
Gil grew up in Eagle Rock, California. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the United States Army. As a member of the Army’s 87th Division, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge helping to liberate Belgium. Following an honorable discharge from the military, Gil entered Occidental College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics. He went on to complete the Master of Science and the PhD programs at UCLA.
On a blind date in 1953, Gil met the love of his life, Loreta Montgomery. Three years, hundreds of love letters, and thousands of miles later, Gil decided to put an end to the long distance relationship. He and Loreta were married on November 23, 1956 at the Chapel of Roses in Pasadena, California.
They made their first home in Highland Park, California, while Gil and Loreta finished school. Following their graduations, they moved to Los Alamos to begin working at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL).
In 1958 God blessed them with their first child, Charles Gilbert. Three years later, another blessing came into their home-Sharon Leslie was born.
Shortly after Sharon’s birth, the Davis’s packed up and moved to Solona Beach, CA. But within five years they came to their senses and moved back to Los Alamos, where Gil resumed his work at LASL, later to become Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
In 1993 Gil retired after 30 years of employment from the LANL. He worked in W-4, P-15, and at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF).
Gil loved the outdoors and traveling. He took great pleasure in spending time with his family, cultivating his flower garden, and unpretentiously giving to others.
Memorial donations may be made to the “Cecil G. Davis, Jr., Memorial Fund,” an educational trust fund for Gil’s grandchildren at Los Alamos National Bank or Ravens Ministries, a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation committed to world evangelism. Ravens Ministries mailing address is 248 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
Cecil served in the 347th Infantry Regiment, initially in the Anti-Tank company, and later in I company.