Jack Delano Davidson, 77

Jack Delano Davidson, 77, of Thief River Falls, MN died peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Thief River Falls Care Center with loving family at his side.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held at Palmville Cemetery, rural Wannaska at a later date. At Jack’s request, some of his ashes will be spread from the air over the long field at the hunting camp nearby.

Jack Delano Davidson was born on March 6, 1941, in Roseau County, MN. He was the son of Martin Dale and Irene Adeline (Palm) Davidson. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wannaska, MN. Jack attended school at Wannaska and then Roseau High School, graduating in 1959. He worked in Milwaukee for a short time before he attended Bemidji State University for 2 years, studying art and wildlife management.

In July of 1962, Jack was united in marriage to Janet Erickson in Roseau, MN. The couple lived in St. Paul where Jack did die-cast work, then moved to Roseau for employment at Polaris. In 1964 Jack began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1991 at age 50. The family moved to rural Thief River Falls in 1966. They raised their four children there, Jacki, Jeffrey, Jennifer, and Jared, and Jack resided in Thief River Falls until his death.

In his early years, Jack immensely enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, trapping, and fishing with relatives and friends, often times in Canada. He was a pilot and at one time owned his own plane. He was a longtime member of St. Pauli Lutheran Church and is a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He held memberships in the Eagles, Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association, Pennington County Sportsmen’s Club, and Agassiz Sportsmen’s Rod and Reel. Jack was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and painting.

Survivors include Jacki (Gene) Lunsetter, Thief River Falls, MN, Jeff (Stacy) Davidson, Thief River Falls, MN, Jennifer (Steve) McCarthy, Mendota Heights, MN, and Jared (Angie) Davidson, Bemidji, MN; eight grandchildren: Joel (Stephanie) Lunsetter, Jenna (Shay) Erickson, Carly Lunsetter, Chad Davidson, Kendra McCarthy, Neeve McCarthy, Kade Davidson, Mataya Davidson, and great-grandchild Brooks Erickson; brother Dean L. (Judy) Davidson, La Porte, IN, nephew Larry (Beth) Davidson, nieces Diana (Steve) Dix, and Darla (Aryl) Aldred, and their families. Jack is also survived by many cousins who were special to him.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Irene and his sister, Karen K. Davidson.

Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com