For Jamison Davis’ friends and family, the holidays have been a whirlwind of emotions.
Davis was traveling to the post office to mail Pokémon cards he sold when he was found unconscious after a fiery car crash on the I-17 near Anthem Way on Dec. 20.
Davis was taken to an area hospital as a John Doe, according to longtime friend Kimberli Edington. Davis’ wife, Rachael, found her husband after tracking his vehicle’s GPS to a tow yard and subsequently calling hospitals. She identified him by a tattoo.
Davis had unsuccessful brain surgery to reduce bleeding and swelling. He remained in a coma with no brain function. He was pronounced brain dead at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 22. Edington said the family signed a “do not resuscitate” order and donated his liver, kidney and heart on Christmas Eve.
“I feel like a lot of us are still kind of in shock,” Edington said. “We’ve been trying to figure things out because she’s (Rachael’s) lost. She doesn’t know how to begin. We’ve been pulling together and helping any way we can. It’s a lot to deal with.”
Edington started a GoFundMe page for the family — Rachael and six children — at The goal is to raise $100,000. So far, donors have given more than $51,000.
“It’s the least I can do,” she said. “Nothing’s going to bring him back.”
Davis was the family’s sole provider. All money donations will be allocated toward food/groceries, mortgage and insurance payments, gas, attorneys fees, possible hospital bills and the daily essentials.
Edington remembered Davis as someone who was passionate about fish and aquariums and devoted to his family.
“I sold their home to them in Anthem,” said Edington, who knew the family previously.
“He was always finding ways to provide for them as an entrepreneur. He just bought a paint business in the last year or so to bring in more (money).
“He was very passionate about fish. I was sharing memories with his daughter last night. When I was showing them homes — of course he wanted to have enough space and playrooms for his kids — he always had to make sure there was enough space or the perfect place for all of his fish tanks.”
Aquariums with exotic fish were the feature points of his home. He attended conventions for fish enthusiasts and wanted to start a coral reef business.
“His best friend quoted it perfect: ‘He was a kid in a grown man’s body,’” she said. “He always wanted to have fun. He was a big teddy bear. He is a 46-year-old man but a kid at heart. Everyone loved him.”
Edington said the Nebraska native risked his life as an Army soldier. The family knew Davis would want to save others, once again, by donating his organs.
On Christmas Eve, his closest friends and family lined a hospital hallway for the “donor walk” to say their final goodbyes before his organs were donated. After the procedure, they removed him from the ventilator.
“It was logical for them to donate his organs,” she said. “They wanted to give others the chance to live. He’s very selfless. He just always put his kids and everybody first. This is something they knew he would want. They said their final goodbye on Christmas Eve; between that evening and the next day, they were able to transplant all of them. Rachael hopes she can connect with the people whose organs came from Jamison to see how he lived on.”
Edington said she and the Davis family have been touched by the kindness of their neighbors. Folks have reached out through GoFundMe, Facebook and telephone wanting to help.
“We have the most generous neighbors,” she said.
“They have continued to bring me to tears. This woman, a fellow Realtor, said the Arroyo Vista community has gathered $500 gift cards and signed up for a meal train. The Davises gained a lot of friends there over the past few years. Everyone’s rallying together and doing all they can. We’re really grateful for it.”
Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, Foothills Focus Executive Editor www.thefoothillsfocus.com
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