Brian Jeffrey Davis passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on September 20, 2019. He was 35.
He is survived by his mother, Gayle Davis; father, Sam Davis; brother, Eric (Laura) Davis; nieces, Katelyn (Grant) Gingrich, Juniper Davis; and nephew, Zephyr Davis. He is also survived by his grandmother, Lucille Arndt, many aunts, uncles and cousins whom he loved. Brian’s death is felt by a diverse circle of friends, some of whom were like brothers and sisters.
Brian graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in 2002. He was a National Merit Scholar. Brian played golf and baseball while at Sexton, and continued his love of sports into adulthood. He attended Iowa State University on an academic scholarship and graduated in 2006.
In recent years, Brian enjoyed working as a financial analyst for Byline Bank in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Brian, known to many as “B” or “B-Fez,” had a knack for making everyone in his life feel cared for and relevant. He loved a spirited debate on any subject and relished a challenge. He could outwit the best argument, though rarely showed his cards until the most devastating moment.
Brian had an insatiable appetite for reading — accumulating boxes upon boxes of non-fiction books throughout his life. He was well-read on politics, world religions, science and astronomy, and current events. While attending Iowa State, he studied abroad in India and Kenya. Those trips proved to be seminal experiences that had a profound impact on Brian’s worldview and humanity.
Brian would drop anything for those he loved — like driving hours in an ice storm to pick up a stranded friend. He lived life at the moment — jumping into a lake fully clothed, or taking a spontaneous road trip to the beach. He valued unique life experiences — looking forward to a come-what-may vacation in Thailand this fall.
Brian loved light beer poured over a tall glass of ice, and he didn’t care what you thought of that. He was a man of his own tastes, and was consistent and true to who he was for all of his days.
Though he never had kids of his own, there were many young children in his life between friends and family. He showered them with love and affection (and toys) and was the fun adult in their lives whom they were always excited to see.
Brian wasn’t a religious man, but he had a sense of awe and wonderment when considering the cosmos or the profundity of life and human existence. Brian had a wide, warm smile, an easy gait, and a unique bob when he nodded or shook his head.
These all are the mannerisms and traits emblazoned in our hearts and minds as we carry his memory.
A celebration of Brian will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus. Visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a reflection on Brian’s life to follow from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Brian’s name to either the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor or the Union of Concerned Scientists. We think these charities honor the humanity and spirit of our beloved “B”. Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com