Glenn “Mike” Davis


Glenn "Mike" Davis

Date of Birth: September 22, 1947
Date of Death: December 21, 2017

MARQUETTE – On the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017, Glenn “Mike” Davis peacefully made his transition following a recurrence of cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends and under the care of UP Health System – Marquette.

Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 22, 1947, to Duane Davis and the late Pamela (Riach) Davis. Following high school, in the height of the ‘60s cultural revolution, Mike was a supporter of and activist for peace and justice issues, racial equality and an advocate for those disadvantaged.

Mike’s love of fishing, hiking, and exploring the wilderness eventually led him to the U.P. where he built his home and life. He was a fishing guide, a carpenter, contractor, structural engineer and master craftsman. Building was his joy right up to the end, and everything he created was a work of art. He worked many years at the Huron Mountain Club, as staff, interim manager, and as a private contractor. His love of the earth and its life-sustaining properties led to the beginning of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Inc., which he co-founded and was the first Chairman of the Board.

Among Mike’s other interests were travel, kayaking the north shore of Lake Superior, scuba diving around the world and backcountry skiing. Mike was an avid reader, especially history and the great thinkers, and a passionate agate collector.
Because of the influence of his grandfather (Herbert Davis), Mike formed deep connections. He was a mentor, a solid friend, a cherished and generous husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. He was a contributor to the whole community and anyone who knew him felt the benefit of that association.

Surviving are his wife and life partner of 38 years, Mary O’Donnell; his former wife, Pamela Shriman Davis of Oak Park, Michigan; a son, Joshua Shriman Davis (Ann DelMariani) and their children, Tahlia, Theo and soon to be born baby boy, of Leelanau, Michigan; step-daughter, Tammy Sandora of Gwinn, Michigan and her children Amber, Willow, and Collin. Also surviving is his father, Duane Davis of Manistee, Michigan; sister, Lori (Bill) Hall of Hesperia, Michigan; brother, Gary (Mary) Davis of Amery, Wisconsin; as well as many extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, P.O. Box 5, Big Bay, MI 49808, Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808, or Room At the Inn/Warming Center, 347 Rock Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

Mike’s family will greet friends from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home (926 N. Third, Marquette), followed by a sharing of connection at 3:00 pm and light refreshments. On July 28, 2018, a celebration of Mike’s life will be held at the home property on the Yellow Dog.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expessed online at

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