Funeral service for Marion Davidson, 92 year-old Weatherford resident, will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Margo Vestal and Harold Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.
Son of Mr. & Mrs. E.M. Davidson; Marion Davidson, Jr. was born in Elk City, Oklahoma April 16, 1928 and in the early 1930s moved to Roger Mills County with his parents and two sisters, Lila Muriel (Beaty) and Dorsie Mae (Hansen), where his parents bought and farmed near Roll. Marion attended school at Crawford and graduated from CHS in 1945 in a class of 10. In 1945, the Davidsons moved to Carter, Oklahoma where Marion helped his dad farm for a couple years and worked in a local grocery and market part time.
In 1948, Marion moved to Cheyenne where he was employed by Eddie Lee McDaniels Grocery and Market and prior to being inducted in the Army in January, 1951, he was working for Jarvis Grocery and Market.
Davidson served in South Korea from 1951-1953 with the 8th Army 2nd Group Engr. 526th Panel Bridge Company. Davidson served as shop foreman and later maintenance Sergeant.
Upon his release from active duty, he returned to Cheyenne to work in the Grocery and Market and he and Capt G.B. Purcell, USMC helped for the 1st and only Army reserve Unit with the 95th division in Cheyenne.
Davidson continued living in Cheyenne and working for G.B. Purcell Chevrolet and Logan Military Sales and attending Sayre Jr. College night classes. In 1955, Marion married Dolores Dooty, daughter of Fern and Jess Dooty. The Davidsons moved to Weatherford where he was managing partner in the Logan Military Sales Office with Wes Logan. In 1958, Davidson started selling cars for the Ford Dealer and in 1960 became a 25% partner with Art Shotts, and later full owner of the dealership in 1966. He also operated Enid Lincoln-Mercury and Shawnee Lincoln-Mercury. In retirement, Davidson formed Route 66 Thunderbirds continuing his interest in collectible cars.
Davidson also participated in thoroughbred horse racing as an owner and breeder. He and Dolores enjoyed watching their horses race at Remington Park and other tracks. He served on the board of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Assocation and was a member of the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association.
Marion was active in many organizations throughout his career and was a member of the Ford Dealers Advertising Fund; Lincoln-Mercury Dealers Advertising Fund; Oklahoma New Car Commission;
Oklahoma Auto Dealers Association and its Executive Board; served as chair of Oklahoma Used Car Commission; and earned the Oklahoma Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1991. Around Weatherford, he was active on the Board of Directors of the Heartland of America Museum;
served as president of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, of which he was also a member of the Weatherford Hall of Fame; and Kiwanis Club. He was given the Route 66 Hall of Fame Award in 2010. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Weatherford and enjoy being a part of Methodist Men and picking up and giving a ride to the non-drivers and serving as an usher.
Marion is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dolores Davidson of the home in Weatherford; one daughter, Dorothy Erban and husband Steve of Stillwater, Minnesota; and one granddaughter, Mason Erban of Bozeman, Montana. He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert; and two sisters, Lila Muriel and Dorsie Mae.
Memorials may be made to Heartland of America Heritage Museum, Great Plains YMCA and the First United Methodist Church of Weatherford.