Northwest Little League honors Don Davis

Northwest Little League honors Don Davis

Don Davis will be close to the hearts of the players of Northwest Little League players this season.

Literally.

The initials of the former league president will don the chest of every player in the league, from the 11-12 division on down, this season. The Northwest Little League board of directors made the call to honor Davis.

Davis, who served as president from 2008 through 2015, passed away in November after a long battle with cancer.

Before he became the Montana District 2 Little League Administrator, past Northwest president Keith Miller worked with Davis.

Miller said Davis coached at the Northwest in the 1970s. He got back into coaching when his son, Marcus, started playing T-ball in the 1990s. Then, Davis joined the board, serving as vice president until Miller moved on.

Davis’ run as president included a pair of trips for the Northwest All-Stars to the Senior Softball World Series in Delaware.

“He had a nice little run as president,” Miller said. “He had a couple of teams play for the state championships, and he was there when those softball teams went to the World Series. He was very supportive of those teams.”

Davis planned a trip to the Little League World Series last August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, scratching off a major item on his bucket list. However, Davis had to call off the trip at the last minute because of illness.

He recovered enough to watch two of his nephews help lead Butte High to the Class AA State championship football game. Davis died a couple of hours after the Bulldogs beat Billings West in the Nov. 15 semifinal game.

Davis attended the game, and left Naranche Stadium with a big smile on his face.

The Little League majors season begins tonight when Pepsi takes on Photo Stars USA at 5:30 at Jim Scown Field.



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