Mr Davis, a tireless contributor through cricket to the Bullardong community, passed away on 22 February, aged 63, and is survived by his wife Pat and his five children Mark Davis Jnr, Victoria, Delphine, Marcia and Jermaine.
His work in bringing people together and leading action towards a healthier community for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is a legacy he has left for Northam and wider Ballardong country and one that had Mr Davis honoured as the WACA’s 2017-18 Country Volunteer of the Year and Male Volunteer of the Year.
Sport played a pivotal role throughout Mr Davis’ years, with fitness a key focus having not touched alcohol until he was 33-years-old, as he took up boxing under the wise coaching of Monty Scott and travelling throughout WA as a member of the Northam PCYC boxing troupe.
He later pursued his other passions of Australian Rules Football and cricket, coaching football in Wundowie before being a key in the development of Railways Football Club in Northam, helping the club to forge a welcoming and inclusive reputation.
Mr Davis, a tough half-back flanker, participated in the 1984 premiership and his two sons, Mark (Jnr) and Jermaine, became devoted contributors to the club, with fond memories remaining of the trio being involved side-by-side.
A proud moment for Mr Davis was the recent drafting of his grandson Gordon Narrier to North Melbourne, treasuring the drives to Lathlain Park in Perth to watch “Gordy” in action.
Mr Davis took a keen interest in cricket during the summer months and trained and officiated as an umpire in the Northam Cricket Association and one of his finest achievements was the commencement and development of the Ballardong Cricket Academy (formerly the Avonwest Cricket Academy), remaining chair of the program until his passing.
The five-team academy has provided hundreds of boys and girls a purposeful activity in Northam over the past nine years, instilling discipline and respect in participants in tandem with the development of their cricket skills.
The program welcomes Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal players and committee members and the committee has always maintained the position of Aboriginal ownership of the program, ensuring strong connections between participants and their culture.
The Bullardong Cricket Academy has also produced four players who have achieved selection in Cricket Australia’s National Indigenous Cricket Championships men’s and women’s teams, which is a credit to the vision that Mr Davis had for the program.