Bud Davis passes away -

our founding member has passed on,

may we all live a life as rich as his

“He said he never worked a day in his life,” Nanci said. “He just did what was fun.”

Sitting in their sun-streaked Tahoe City restaurant, the Sawtooth Cafe, his wife Nanci and son Randy Davis recounted memories of Maurice “Bud” Davis, 81, who passed away last week in his Highlands home.

They remembered the sayings Bud lived his life by — phrases like “to have a friend, you have to be a friend,” and, “Only boring people get bored.” They recalled the countless soccer, football, baseball, softball games, as well as the many ski competitions Bud attended to cheer his kids on.

Born on July 5, 1926, it seems as if adventure has always been a part of Davis’ life. During the tail end of WWII, Davis served on a U.S. Navy minesweeper in the South China Sea. Throughout his life he’s been an abalone diver, a P.E. teacher, ski instructor, and did a trampoline act with the circus.


Randy Davis, his son, described a day on a bike trip with his dad in the summer of 2006 (Bud was 79 or 80), when the duo rode from Lake Tahoe to Pueblo, Colorado. “The biggest problem will be my butt,” Bud said when talking about his cross country bicycle trek. “I can’t sit on it for that long.”One day in Utah, the father and son climbed a 25-mile-long hill. After every turn, Randy said they anticipated the top of the hill, only to come around the bend and face another slope.

“That was one of the most fun days though,” Randy Davis said. It was a long, slow climb and so there wasn’t much else to do but talk to each other — just tell jokes and talk.”

Bud and his son rode over the Rockies by bicycle is to prove that “cancer doesn’t always kill ya.” He’s the living proof to this statement.

They traversed the red countryside of the Utah desert and climbed the 11,312-foot Monarch Summit in Colorado. “He’s a lot stronger than I thought,” said Randy. “His goal was to do it (Monarch Summit) all by himself … he did it.”

He survived melanoma when he was diagnosed with it 40 years ago. Seventeen years ago, it was his first bout with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Nine years ago it was prostate cancer. Then a bout with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. And he credits the alternative medicine treatments by his doctor, Dr. James Forsythe, that have kept him going on this latest fight with cancer. “He’s kept me alive for 17 years.”

He also rant he Sawtooth Ridge Cafe, Tahoe City where in the evening Bud welcomed live music acts like reggae's Yellowman.

From a Food Review:

"Bud Davis, the proprietor, (who, at age 70 or so, looks like he's never missed a day of exercise in his life), swept us to our table and offered up menus. The moment I saw Biscuits & Gravy, I was sold. We ordered up two B&Gs, a Fat Tire for C, Black Butte Porter for me (what, you've never had beer with breakfast?) and a side order of sweet potato fries that seemed to be going to every table. Now, let me just state for the record that my hubby is from the South. So, Biscuits & Gravy is no joking matter... these were good. Really good. The biscuits were light and fluffy (if I wanted a doughy hockey puck, I'd bake it myself, thank you very much) while the gravy was simple and creamy (again, don't go getting all Iron Chef with my gravy... sausage, cream, flour, fat... that's really all I want in it). The eggs were clearly fresh and simply scrambled, and the potatoes were great. Fried in a cast iron skillet with onions, bell pepper and simple seasoning, the skin-on reds were exactly what breakfast potatoes should be. Finally... those sweet potato fries... wow... soooo simple and delicious. A hair thicker than "matchstick", fried, buttered and seasoned with real sea salt... they were crisp outside, sweet & tender inside, and needed no condiments whatsoever. We really loved this place, and would heartily recommend it for anyone looking for great, simple All-American fare in Tahoe City."


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