Memories of Bob and Jo Davis
Iron Springs Ranch, Palomar Mountain

Updated, April 6, 2008

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My mother, Jo Davis, passed away June 19, 2007, in Escondido.  Mother was born August 20, 1920, in Cumberland City, Tennessee. She graduated from college in Clarksville, Tennessee, and worked as a Registered Nurse until she retired from the San Bernardino County Health Department in 1970.
She married Robert Noyes Davis of Mesa Grande, California, in 1943, and they lived in Colton, California, where they raised two children who survive them, Robert and Betsy.
Mother and Dad built a house on Palomar Mountain in 1970 and lived on the Iron Spring Ranch until they moved to Escondido in 2004.
Also surviving Mother are her sister, Ann, of Mesa Grande; her granddaughter, Catherine; great-granddaughters, Caitlyn and Sara; and great-great granddaughter, Kylah, all residents of Nevada City, California.

Son, Robert F. Davis, Morro Bay, California

Memories of Jo from Tom Burton--June 2007

With Jo Davis' passing this week, I feel Palomar has lost a legend. Jo was one of the Mountains' most articulate spokespersons and a devoted resident volunteer.
Articulate? YES!! I believe her creative cards, crafts and culinary offerings at any Mountain event expressed more love for this community than words could ever do. Generally quiet and unassuming, she never seemed to like the limelight. But boy, did she love to know how things were going on Palomar--even after their move to Escondido, after her beloved Bob's passing and her own health challenges.
She was caring, loving and nurturing always, but largely with her silence and service. Jo was active with the PMVFD (I think even serving as Treasurer) and in many other ways while living here, after their retirement.
Whatever she did, she REALLY DID. She excelled. It had to be as good as she could make it! But you wouldn't have any idea of that, if you weren't THERE, with her. She made it look like effortless perfection.
When you'd stop by for a visit, you'd find gorgeous floral cards as rejects (as they didn't suit her refined aesthetic sense). Or, her worrying over a word; a line on a survey; and balancing the books to the penny!
These are just a few of my fond memories of a classical western woman: one who gave her best, without looking for any recognition or return.
You'll always be a part of my Palomar, Jo. I'll miss you (and your phenomenal homemade peach ice cream) to my last days here. God speed.

Memories from Dutch and Sharon Bergman:

Jo enjoyed embroidery and loved doing crafts. She embroidered Dutch's name on a bath towel that she gave him one time for plowing snow. It was his favorite that he used until it was threadbare. 
Jo was a wealth of information and just a phone call away when Sharon had questions about any recipe. She loved to garden and belonged to the Pauma Valley Garden Club where her variety of iris and daffodils on the mountain were the envy of everyone in the valley. 
Anytime it would snow, Dutch had a grader parked at the ranch and when he plowed his own driveway, he would plow for Bob and Jo. They always wanted to pay him but Dutch wanted to plow just to be neighborly. One cold day when Dutch finally made it to their house, Bob was waving his arms for Dutch to go inside. Jo had just baked a delicious pie.  After that, each time he plowed, when they offered to pay, Dutch would say, "If I could just have a piece of Jo's pie. . ."   That became a tradition.
Dutch was amazed that Jo ALWAYS had a hot piece of pie for him. One day Jo told her secret: She would bake several pies at a time and freeze them in individual pieces so she would never be caught without a piece of pie for Dutch.  They would hear Dutch plowing for quite a while before he would reach the house, so she had plenty of time to get his 'fresh from the oven" pie ready. Dutch has many fond memories eating her delicious pie, and visiting in Bob and Jo's kitchen.

Memories of Bob and Jo from Bonnie Phelps:

Palomar was a favorite retreat for the Davis family since the late 1800's. Going back to the horse and buggy days, folks looked forward to camping at the Iron Springs. With it's daily flow of 50,000 gallons, it provided water for the pond and for a refreshing drink from the cold mountain spring 'round the swimming hole.
Many folks enjoyed the beautiful cards Jo made and sold at the General Store. She and Bob would gather ferns, wild roses, lupine, tiny pansies, leaves, and other wild flowers. They pressed them between waxed paper in big phone books to dry. Jo would then arrange the natural 'bouquet' and make the cards. They were beautiful!
Jo was a very nice friend of many on the mountain. Back in the 70's, she helped with our (now 31 year old) son's baby shower. When he married in 2000, his wife Heidi, ordered Jo's cards to use as thank you notes.  When staging cabins to sell, I have occasionally come across one or several of her cards that were 'treasures' ~ just like Bob and Jo.


From Terry Caine and Bob Jeans, Pueblo, Co:

Bob and I loved Jo and Bob. They had the biggest hearts. My Bob did the plumbing for the Girl Scout Camp and I would visit with Jo while he was at the camp. Some years I would get apples from them for my apple butter. They would never let me pay, so I made sure they had a good supply of apple butter.
When Jo was making those darling denim jackets, Jo said she'd make me one if I bought the material. I did and she did. I've had it about sixteen years and I still wear it and get compliments every time. It just doesn't wear out. I could always run to Jo's if I needed a baby gift in a hurry. She made the cutest baby bibs, and always seemed to have a supply on hand. I loved her cards as well, and when we were moving from the mountain, she gave me some as a going away gift. She was a very special lady, and we'll always remember her.

From Mary Louise Coykendall, XCurrent President of the Garden Club of Pauma Valley

Jo and Bob were always so friendly, and welcoming.  Jo and Grace Leibold were both members of the Garden Club of Pauma Valley as noted in Sharon Bergman's tribute. All the ladies enjoyed them so much and they used to come down for every meeting except when the roads might be icy or snowy.  We all enjoyed Jo's flower notes and bought many to use as thank you notes for our speakers and for ourselves. Jo's lilac blooms were a great hit in the spring along with the iris and daffodils. We all miss her.

Bob and Jo always enjoyed meeting new visitors to the mountain. I stopped by many times with friends. Bob would always show a framed photo of their waterfall, taken by Dennis Baugh, during one of those wet years.

Bob's grandfather, Edward Davis, contributed much to
Palomar Mountain Views. He shared early history of many of the people of Palomar from the late 1800's to the mid 1900's.   This book he autographed:
"Hi, Bob Davis 6-2-99,
83 years old 1916"
He also pointed out his
'Grandma Davis'
pictured on the front cover. 
The books are available at the 
Palomar Mountain General Store

Uncle Bob was very outgoing and had a lot of fun in his life. 
Aunt Jo went along with all his fun pranks and jokes.
They are both so missed.

Julie Davis, Niece

Do you have memories of Bob and Jo
to add?  Simply e-mail them to
bonnie@palomarproperties.com
Thank you.