Lawrence "Larry" Marsh Davis, 68, passed away peacefully at his home early Saturday morning.
Larry lived a remarkable life devoted to his wife Karen; daughters Katie, Sandy (Roger) Ewing,
and Sunny (Robert) Price; grandchildren Skylar, Alex, Pauline, Samantha, and Rayana;
nephews Joshua, Zachary, and Jacob; and brothers-in-law Gregory (Karen) and Jay (Pat)
Powell. He was preceded in death by parents Richard and Pauline Davis, brother Rodney
Davis, and stepmother Joyce Davis. Larry’s family recently celebrated his sixty-eighth birthday
at his home, where he received numerous visits from cherished friends, colleagues and
Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Whetstone High School in 1968. He
was a terrific athlete throughout his life. While at Whetstone, Larry lettered three years in
baseball and one year in basketball. A First Team All-Columbus selection in baseball, he led his
WHS team to the state Final Four his junior year. Later in life, he continued to enjoy playing
baseball as a Poland Fog in the senior men’s baseball league. He also loved to play tennis and
pickleball, hike at Mill Creek Park, and swim laps at the Canfield Swim Club. His kids and
grandkids recall playing countless games of "pop-up" in the backyard.
Larry graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science from the College of Agriculture Honors
Program at The Ohio State University in 1972. He earned his M.S. in Biology from the University
of Akron in 1985. After receiving the OSU ROTC "Distinguished Military Graduate" honor in
1973, Larry served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army at Fort Leonard Wood in
Missouri from 1973-1975, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal. Larry was honored
to have served his country as an officer in the United States Army.
Larry shared his passion for biology, environmental sciences, and athletics with his beloved
students and colleagues at Canfield High School for 37 years, where he was sometimes known
as "Jungle Larry." He served as Science Department Chair, and in 2001 was named the
"Conservation Educator of the Year" by the Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation
Larry’s accomplishments as Canfield High School’s tennis coach were legendary. His teams
collectively bagged 595 victories, winning 27 league championships during his career. Larry
mentored a total of 17 singles players and doubles teams for state competition and coached a
two-time state singles champion. In 1997, Larry received the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association
"Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award," and was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches
Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Canfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
An accomplished guitarist and beautiful singer, Larry shared his musical gifts alongside Karen
for over 35 years as a devoted member of the Boardman United Methodist Church Praise
Team. He was a man of abiding faith who loved and served his church community in a variety of
The essence of Larry’s spirit was evident when one was in his presence. Whether engaged in
conversation, fishing, camping, birding, or taking a quiet walk in the woods, Larry was a gentle
soul always in great concert with nature. He delighted in sharing his understanding of the
natural world with anyone who demonstrated interest or curiosity.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on December 8th at the Boardman United Methodist
Church. There will be a service at 11:00 am, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "Larry Davis Science Scholarship Fund"
in care of Canfield Local School District, 100 Cardinal Dr., Canfield, Ohio, 44406, or to
Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman, Ohio, 44512, in Larry’s name.