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David Davidson

March 13, 1928 - December 5, 2020

U.S. Veteran

  • Gathering: Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 2-5 PM at De Soto Farmers Market Pavilion, 520 N. Main St., De Soto, MO with service starting at 3 PM
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In the early hours of Saturday, December 5 2020, David “Pete” Stuart Davidson passed away peacefully at age 92 in St. Louis, Missouri with family at his bedside. Pete was a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather nicknamed “Bono” by his grandchildren. A veteran serving with honor in both the United States National Guard and the United States Army Reserve, Pete performed active duty in the Berlin Crisis as a tactical expert in the role of a Warrant Officer. Pete was a successful entrepreneur as the owner/operator of Davidson Electric and enjoyed hobbies of photography and amateur “ham” radio communications. His outdoor Christmas light display was a hallmark of the holiday season in DeSoto and viewing it was an annual tradition for several generations of families in the area.

Pete was born on March 13, 1928 to Stuart Pope and Edith (Mason) Davidson in DeSoto, Missouri where he became a lifelong resident, a legacy shared with several family generations before him. He is preceded in death by his parents, and amazing wife of 54 years, Clara A. (Cook) Davidson to which he married on November 19, 1948.

Pete is survived by his daughter Jacquelyn Marie and her spouse, Robert Edward Hoyt; two half-sisters Terri (Stephen Wilson) Davidson and Patricia (Lenny) Connor; his grandson James Stuart and spouse Ashley Nicole Linderer and their children Meloray and Madrianna; his grand-daughter Sarah Kathryn and spouse Shane Russell Spencer and their children Aidan and Bella; his step-grandchildren Bet, Bobbette, and Brenda and their families.

Pete was known for dedicating his life to serving the community including roles as a DeSoto Public Library Board Trustee, De Soto City Cemetery Board Member, and volunteer videographer for the DeSoto High School Athletic Department. He will be remembered for his fierce determination, independence, and community leadership.

Pete’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service in mid-2021 with details to be shared in his online remembrance website https://tributes.com/PeteDavidson as soon as they become available. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Pete to the DeSoto City Cemetery to support the perpetual care fund. Donations can be sent to Attn: DeSoto City Cemetery, 17 Boyd St., DeSoto, MO 63020.