James Douglas “Jim” Davidson

James Douglas “Jim” Davidson was born to Virginia Jackson Davidson and Allen Elmore Davidson on September 6, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim passed away on May 12, 2020 in Olathe, KS.

Jim is survived by wife, Peggy, of the home; daughter, Kate McBride, of Salem, Missouri; son, Ethan (Rachel) Davidson, of Chandler, Arizona; and grandchildren, Hayley, Ben and Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl.

Jim was an educator for 33 years, devoting most of his career to the Shawnee Mission School District. In his retirement, Jim enjoyed playing dulcimer.

Per his preference, there will be no memorial service. Donations may be made to Prairie Dulcimer Club, 3223 N.E. 79th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64119.


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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Wednesday, May. 13th 2020 | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “James Douglas “Jim” Davidson”

  1. Lisa Lewis Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Joe and Bobby Camden Says:

    So sorry for your loss prayers to you Kate and your family Joe and Bobby Camden

  3. April Bertholf Says:

    Jim was always there to take first time dulcimer visitors. He would teach and introduce them to the dulcimer and members. We loved his spirit, expertise and guidance. He will be remembered and missed.

  4. Sharon Ashley Says:

    Although Jim and I never worked in the same Shawnee Mission school, we worked together in the 1970’s on several committees. We were both on a committee that went to Washington D.C. to a social studies convention.Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

  5. Tom Hardy Says:

    Peggy and family,
    I was sadden to hear of Jim’s passing but like all of his former students, colleagues, and friends, I have fond memories of Jim. I was lucky to be able to say that I was all three. I was his student at Raytown South (and remember him dressing as Santa at the Future Teachers’s Club Christmas party), his teaching colleague at Trailridge Jr. High, and his friend/competitor across the card table. He was an inspiration in the classroom. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Tom Hardy

  6. Joyce Taylor Dugger Says:

    I am sorry to hear about Jim. When we lived several doors down from the Davidsons, his son Ethan was the first to befriend my son Kelly. Jim was always a great neighbor, a gentle person; you knew theirs was a loving family. On behalf of Lindsey and Kelly and myself, I am sending our condolences to Peggy, Ethan and Kate, we are so sorry for your loss.

  7. Beth Hartley Winetroub Says:

    In 1974 I began teaching Unified Studies at Old Mission Junior High, where Jim became a wonderful mentor. He always spoke so lovingly and with such pride about his family. I was so very saddened to learn of his passing in today’s Star. His loss will be missed by so very many whose lives he touched.

  8. Tom Sprenkel Says:

    So very sorry to hear of Jim’s death. For several years when we lived in Overland Park and my son, Andrew, and several of the boys in Jim’s neighborhood played baseball at 3-2. While I worked at Capitol Federal Savings I would see Jim weekly. I knew Peggy and their two children also. Bowled with his parents in OPKS. Our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the family.

  9. deborah leavitt Says:

    Jim liked playing traditional dulcimer music. We all loved having him in our Dulcimer Club. He gave all he could. I will learn a new song in Jim’s memory. Rest In Peace. We will never forget you.

  10. JOHN J DUPREE Says:

    Jim was a good teacher and a friend to me at Old Mission in 1975. His comments upon review of my campaign speech when I ran for Student Council President was spot on. He’s graduated to the next stage of life and he’ll be a
    good cosmic citizen for eternity. Would have loved to hear him on the dulcimer. I play piano. My heart is with his family during this transition. Read the Urantia Book to discover where he will be resurrecting. We’ll meet again Jim, soon enough.

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