DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Last Friday, Mar. 22, the University of North Georgia family lost a member of its family and one of its biggest fans as Daniel "Dan" Jackson Davis passed away at the age of 73. In memory of Mr. Davis, the North Georgia Athletic Department held a moment of silence the following day during the Saints' baseball games and will do so again on Sunday, Apr 7.
North Georgia will honor Mr. Davis at the Saints' softball doubleheader with Georgia Southwestern State University at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium, which starts at 2:00 p.m. on April 7. The Department of Athletics and the university invite the community to join us as we pay tribute to Dan Davis, our “Super Fan.” Admission will be free.
"The University of North Georgia's Softball family has lost one of their own - Dan was forever a supporter of Saints Athletics and a permanent fixture at both Bob Stein Stadium and Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium and he will forever be missed," head softball coach Mike Davenport said. "The UNG Softball family would like to offer our condolences and our prayers to the Davis family as we remember one of our greatest fans of all time."
Davenport went on to say, "Dan has been a part of this community and a part of so many young people’s lives as he has followed their athletic careers from the youth recreational leagues all the way into becoming collegiate athletes. Our community and our children will continue to have a void in their hearts but will find solace in knowing that Dan will be sitting with the Good Lord watching games on Heaven's Diamond."
Head baseball coach Tom Cantrell said, "The North Georgia baseball family would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Dan Davis for his unfortunate passing. Mr. Davis was one of the first people to greet me and help when I took this job fourteen years ago. He was always close with the players after attending every game and practice and was known by them as the 'Super Fan.' He was always there to lend a helping hand whether it was laying sod or cleaning bathrooms. Mr. Davis will be sorely missed and our hearts and prayers go out to his family."
A native of Lumpkin County and a Vietnam War Veteran, Davis graduated from then North Georgia College with a degree in business management. He played shortstop for the Cadets baseball team and was a member of Bravo Company's First Platoon.
After retiring from the Southern Bell Company 15 years ago, he moved to Dahlonega where he became active in the community, attending many local high school and college games and practices while getting to know the coaches, players and fans.