Charron “Sonny” Davis: 1941-2021



On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021, Charron “Sonny” Davis passed away peacefully at home with his loved ones by his side. Sonny was born on July 12th, 1941 to Madeline Davis and Shan Davis in Somes Bar, California.

He married his soulmate, Kathleen Davis, in 1963 and is now on his way to be with her in the faraway land.

Sonny is survived by his sons Mike Davis (Kim) and Davey Davis (Misty); Grandchildren Louise Davis, Branden Davis, Forrest Davis (Theo), Shan Davis (Andie), Jake Davis (Brionna), Sam Davis, Frank Davis (Priscilla), Maddie Davis, Rilen Davis and Ivan Davis; Great grandchildren Ashten Davis, Laura Mae Davis, Evelyn Davis, Caroline Davis, Jacob Davis, Thalia Davis, Michael Adolin Davis, and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Sonny comes from a long line of basket weavers and medicine people from the Katimiin and Ti'i areas. He was from the old people, and was a connection for all Karuk people to learn story and language. Being a true Karuk, some of his medicine was being a good human and an inspiration for all his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces, cousins, and our Karuk communities. Part of his medicine legacy is being a renowned language teacher/leader where he has touched, and will touch, an immeasurable amount of lives and continue to lead Karuk people for generations.

Sonny was an avid Nascar fan, specifically loving The Intimidator and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In his youth he was a Pit Boss for a crew on the quarter-mile dirt track circuit in Oregon and California. Sonny had fruitful careers as a logger, a carpenter and a concrete finisher. In his later years Sonny served his people by being elected to the Karuk Tribal council for over 15 years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Pall Bearers: Forrest Davis, Shan Davis, Jake Davis, Sam Davis, Frank Davis and Rilen Davis.

Honorary Pall Bearers: Mike Davis, Davey Davis, Branden Davis, Ivan Davis, Charles Houston, Carey Thom, Joe Calvery, Scott Bernal, Jeremy Bernal, Clayton Wallace, Irwin Davis Sr., Irwin Davis Jr., Kenny Faddis, Tommy Faddis, Patrick Bell, Bill Ince, and Lester Aubrey.

Services will be held at the family cemetery in Ti Bar, on Sunday, June 27 at 11am. There will be a potluck at the lower flat following the services.

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