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John David Davenport died on December 2, 2015 after three weeks of loving care at the Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was an inspirational creative force in business and a fierce competitor on the golf course where he spent so much of his life. “DD”, as he was known by friends, was born on September 8, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Essye and James Henry Davenport and he attended school there until he met and married his high school sweetheart Patsy. They were married for 61 years and had three daughters and one son. He was preceded in death by his three daughters: Alexis Lee (42), Lisa Alane (49) and Patricia Lee (38). He is survived by his wonderful and devoted wife, Pat; son, David Mark Davenport; and four granddaughters: Alexis and husband Mario Chiarolanzi, Lindsey Lavender, and Ashley and Christina Davenport. Davenport sustained a massive business career in financial services primarily in and around Oklahoma City. Beginning in the early 1970s until his death, he served as chairman of the board of directors of Quail Creek Bank N.A. He loved to tell everybody that Quail Creek Bank remains the largest single branch bank in Oklahoma and a real person always answers every phone call! He started his career as brand manager for Proctor & Gamble in Garland, Texas. In 1964, he started a new investment retirement idea called Davenport Dilliard. In the 1970s, Davenport pioneered another new company with Sooners coaching legend Charles “Bud” Wilkinson to establish retirement savings for public employees called Public Employees’ Benefit Services Corp which now has over 25 billion dollars in assets and is part of the Nationwide Life Companies. In 1986, along with one of his founding partners in PEBSCO, Gerald G. Barton, he started a third company, Landmark Financial Services, with his son, Mark Davenport as president. Landmark quickly became one of the largest bank investment savings programs in the US, including a venture with Citibank N.A. and developed operations nationally with more than 1500 employees and sales of more than one billion dollars annually. Davenport had many other ventures in his lifetime including a partnership with the National Assn of Cities and Counties (NACO). He delighted in serving as chairman of Quail Creek Bank and working on the NACO partnership, until his death. It would be impossible to list the hundreds of people and companies whose lives and businesses were inspired or nurtured by Davenport’s creative efforts. He left many heartfelt thanks to Gerald Barton, Bud Wilkinson, Jay Wilkinson, Larry Naake and Steve Swendiman and Bill Jasien, Joe Gasper and Joe Silman, Burt Olah Jr., Steve Thompson and the many, many wonderful smiling faces of the employees at Quail Creek Bank. (Many thanks from the family to Lacey!) Among many distinctions and awards, Davenport was appointed by President Reagan as a founding member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Board. Davenport didn’t have many hobbies but like his efforts in business, he started with nothing and became excellent. He was a regular part of a group at Oaktree National Golf Club every day since 1972 when he became one of the original 30 members. He was a scratch golfer with over 20 holes in one and was proud to have qualified for the British Senior Amateur! Davenport was well known as “DD” and for having shot his age over 50 times in the last ten years!! He thanks the many employees and fellow golfing and gin buddies for many wonderful years of memories at Oaktree. David Davenport’s other interests were his never ending efforts to help others less fortunate or those who had crossed his path at a time of need in their lives. He cherished his four grandchildren and loved his wife and son very much. Pat and Mark were with him every day and night at the Heart Hospital since November 10th when he sustained a sudden heart attack. His life was preserved for three weeks by the herculean efforts day and night by the many fabulous doctors, nurses, and assistants who brought smiles to his face and made his last days comforting and hopeful. We will always be grateful to Drs. Ghani and Fixley who gave his family three weeks to share faith, love and hope together before he joined his three daughters, Lexie, Lisa and Tricia in heaven!! We know they are laughing, dancing and smiling from above!! David was a member of First Methodist Church of Edmond and his services will be 1 p.m. Monday, December 7, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church on Hefner in Oklahoma City with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be held at Oak Tree National Golf Club, following the committal service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Research Foundation, 4200 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 or at www.okheart.com/research/make-a-donation. Visit David’s online memorial at www.Baggerley.com and share your memories with the family.
Published on  December 3, 2015
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