James A. Davidson (Scotty) was born August 17, 1925 to James M. Davidson and Margaret E. Robertson Davidson in Angus, Scotland. At 15 years of age he entered the British Home Guard for four years, then served with the Seaforth Highlanders in the British army for two more years. In December 1948 after his discharge, he came to the United States to visit an Uncle in Spokane, Washington on a six year visa. During that time he met a student nurse, Joanna Thompson, and they were married a year and a half later in March of 1954. Together they had four children: Robert, Craig, Margaret, and Alexander. However, they claim many other kids as theirs, that spent so much time “hanging out” at the Davidson residence. He is a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who will be greatly missed.
Scotty farmed and raised cattle most of his life, then managed Riverside Cemetery for about 15 years before retiring at age 78. Shortly after his marriage to Joanna, Scotty obtained his United States Citizenship. He was as proud to be an American as he was of his Scottish heritage.
Scotty joined the St. Andrews-Loch Lee Masonic Lodge #282 in 1943, of which his family had been members since the lodge began in 1819. After coming to the United States, Scotty continued his association with the Masonic Lodge and was a very active member of Washoe Lodge #28 for 65 years, with numerous honors and awards. In addition to his masonic activity, he worked tirelessly with the DeMolay organization for the betterment of young men over the past 50 years and helped out in the Boy Scouts, as well as the FFA, and 4-H.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, a private graveside service will be held. A memorial service in Scotty’s honor will be held in the late summer, with the date and time to be announced. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital or Washoe Lodge #28, care of Bowman Funeral, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Drive, Garden City, ID. 83714. Condolences to the family may be made at www.bowmanfuneral.com.
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James A. Davidson, Past Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Idaho, 1993 – 1994.
Member El Korah Shrine – Boise, Idaho
Life Member St. Andrew Loch Lee Lodge #282 – Scotland
Washoe Lodge #28 Payette, Idaho – Worshipful Master 5 times
District Deputy Grand Master – 2 years
Chairman Past Grand Master’s Association
Chairman of Masonic Education and Research Committee
Grand Representative of Scotland
Lodge of Research 1965
Idaho Historic Lodge #1
Horary Member of James W Husted-Fiat Lux Lodge #1068 New York City, NY
Worshipful Master Protem for Masonic Last Rites for 100 masonic services
Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest – Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons
Past Grand Lecturer
Grand Representative of Scotland
Perpetual Member General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master Grand Council of Idaho
Ambassador North West District Grand Council Cryptic Masons International
Grand Representative to Grand Council – Kansas
Eminent Commander of Weiser Commandry #7 and Idaho Commandry #1 Order High Priesthood
Red Cross of Constantine, Past Puissant Sovereign
Past Chieftain Roya Order of Scotland
Past Patron of Lorraine Chapter #20, Order of Eastern Star – 11 times
Grand Representative to Scotland – General Grand Chapter Association International
Honorary member of Loyaute #19 – Weiser
DeMolay – Ritual Advisor Templar Chapter, Dad Advisor, District Deputy 2nd District
Honorary Life Member Idaho State DeMolay, DeMolay Cross of Honor
Honorary Legion of Honor DeMolay International
Deputy Executive Officer DeMolay of Idaho
Past Grand Chaplain DeMolay International
Past Grand Sentinel DeMolay International
Guild of the Leather Apron
Received Founder’s Medal
Council Member of International Order of Job’s Daughter’s
Life Member of all Masonic Bodies.
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Roy Rogers saysApril 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm
One of the most honest and honorable individuals I had the pleasure to meet. Heartfelt condolences to the family.
Ralph Ashton saysApril 2, 2020 at 5:54 pm
I wish you well during these difficult times. Jim taught me many things while at the dairy. Great memories!
Matthew thompson saysApril 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm
Dad Davidson it was an honor to know you as a DeMolay, as a fellow brother Mason and Shriner. May you rest in peace. To the Davidson family I send my condolences from my family to yours.
Lorrie Spickelmire saysApril 3, 2020 at 12:31 pm
So very sorry for your loss. He was a very special man and will leave a big hole in a lot of lives. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Rich Strange saysJune 28, 2020 at 7:04 am
I’ll always cherish fond memories of Mr. Davidson and the entire, beautiful Davidson family. Thank you for all your kindnesses and for sharing him with us. Deepest condolences on this immeasurable loss.