Lee Edwin Davis, 84, passed away Aug. 22, 2019, in Kimberly, Idaho. He was born to Clarence H. Davis and Martha Nolte on Feb. 21, 1935, in Pocatello, Idaho, and was a brother to 12 siblings.
Lee moved from Pocatello, Idaho, to Salmon, Idaho, in 1945, and lived in Salmon approximately 75 years. Lee and his brother Dan started a wrecking yard in 1959. He bought his brother out and kept the wrecking yard. Lee only had an eighth-grade education. For only having an eighth-grade education he continued a successful business. During this time, he bought six homes and rented out five of them, eventually selling them all for a profit. He then bought restaurants and bars — Smoke House, and Blackhorn Bar. He also had the Cresent Kitchen. He started the first garbage service in Salmon. He never lost sight of the wrecking yard. He became a cop in Salmon for several years. He finally sold his wrecking yard in the 80s and continued collecting antique cars and antiques.
Lee loved to play guitar and harmonica, he loved to sing and listen to country music. Lee and his sister Rhea were asked to sing and play at the Grand Ole Opry in their twenties. Lee’s true passion was collecting, restoring and fixing old cars. He built and restored his first car at the age of 13. He loved working with wood, making many things. He was a craftsman. He built at least three of his homes and his shops. He loved shopping in second hand stores, antique shops and garage sales, where he found a lot of his antiques. He would buy and restore many antiques. Lee was loved and respected by so many.
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He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Martha Davis; and his siblings, Doris Drowns, Lucille Hermason, Rhea Glassburn, Julia Ward, Ruby Hathaway, Tex Davis, Mel Davis, Dan Davis, also Stan Davis and his son Edwin Lee Davis.
He is survived by three siblings, Jewel Foster of Redding, California, June Spinola of Trinity Center, California, and Ned Davis of Sandpoint, Idaho; his daughters, Gloria Gardner of Myrtle Point, Oregon, Linda Stockdale of Eugene, Oregon, Denice Efterfield of Dalles, Oregon, and Tina Daniels of Salmon, Idaho. Also his 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
His Celebration of Life will be held 1 p.m. June 13, 2020. There will be reminders for this celebration.