Monday, December 21, 2015

The Loss of Fellow American Patriot, Avi Davis

By Douglas V. Gibbs

This afternoon I was advised that Avi Davis, the President of the American Freedom Alliance, passed away during the morning hours of Monday, December 21, 2015.  Avi was a friend, and fellow conservative.  Last September, with Avi urging the board to approve me, the American Freedom Alliance appointed me as Director of the Center for the Study of the U.S. Constitution.  Now, I am not sure what is going to happen.  The AFA was Avi's baby, he was the glue that holds the organization together.

Avi's passing at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles followed a week and a half of fighting for his life after suffering from a heart attack eleven days earlier while riding his bike.  After the traumatic event, he was placed into an induced coma so that the doctors could better examine and search for whatever damage Avi had suffered.  In the end, however, Avi's fight for his life on Earth became a losing battle.  His life in Paradise has now begun.

I originally thought he was in his early sixties, but I recently discovered that Avi was only 57 years old.  The man was as tough as nails, healthy, a careful eater, and a physically solid individual.  Avi was also a learned man, well-read, among the most intelligent I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know.  His library in his home is extensive.  Impressive.

I knew of Avi, and had communicated with him online, thanks to mutual friend, John L. Hancock.  Avi drove out to Corona to meet me at my Constitution Class early last summer, and he was impressed by my knowledge about the U.S. Constitution.  We got to know each other over dinner after the class, with a number of my students in attendance.  He was gracious, and eager to learn as much as he could about my efforts.  I gave him my three books, and after reading The Basic Constitution, he decided I needed to be a fellow of the American Freedom Alliance.  As our friendship grew, his offers grew, until he was thoroughly convinced we needed to be working together to expand my efforts regarding educating the country about the U.S. Constitution.

From September until the beginning of December, Avi and I worked quite a bit together, endeavoring to secure donors for the Center, and create the structure for the new institution we were creating around my leadership and Constitutional prowess.  As the Christmas Season approached, we lightened our efforts, largely because many of the folks considering helping us wanted to wait until the first quarter of 2016.  Then, while at a Unite I.E. meeting in Norco, I was told about his heart attack by Hancock, after he received the news from another friend, Trevor Loudon.

The American Freedom Alliance, according to Avi, existed to defend the values and principles of Western Civilization.  He saw our society as being under a constant threat by both leftism, and Islam.  Born in Australia, Avi absolutely loved his adopted country of the United States, as well as having a deep love for Israel.  In addition to his primary residence in Westwood in Los Angeles, he also had homes in the State of Montana, and in Tzfat, Israel.  He had visited his home in Israel as recently as late September - early October of 2015.

Avi's home in Los Angeles was always open to friends and colleagues.  He was a generous man, a father of two sons, and a dedicated patriot.  His backyard was often the location of a number of events, bar-b-ques, and meetings.  In September I had the opportunity to be showcased at a "Literary Cafe" that Avi hosted, as well as attending events and lunches with him, and an AFA board meeting in Pacific Palisades.  Rarely do we see such a class act among us.  Rarely is this planet graced by a presence anything like Avi Davis.  His impact on our world was great.  His love for Western Civilization, and the patriots he worked with knew no end.

The funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Home of Peace Cemetery, 4334 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023.  I will be in attendance to thank Avi for his hard work, his incredible love for this country, and his belief in my efforts.

Goodbye, my friend.  You will be missed greatly by many.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary


kender said...

My deepest condolences. Certainly we've lost a great soldier.

Rick Majors said...

So sorry to hear this. I know he wants us to step up and act, according to our abilities.