In Memoriam

Jerry Davis

1949 – 2021

Jerry Davis was a remarkably kind, generous, and loving man who cared deeply about his family. He also worked hard to engage in a lifetime of successful business and community projects. His smile and gentle eyes will be incredibly missed by those who loved him. He died August 6, 2021, at the age of 71 in Albuquerque.

Jerry was born in Freer, Texas in 1949 as the eldest of five children. He grew up working on his family's farms and ranches, where he acquired a strong work ethic and curiosity-driven motivation that inspired him throughout his life. Jerry would move to the Vail Valley in Colorado in 1975, where in partnership with his brother Darrell he created the first cable television company in the area. This marked the beginning of Jerry's long and successful entrepreneurial career during which he developed the landmark Telephone Communications Corporation in Vail, and his all-time favorite business, KZYR-FM, "The Zephyr" radio station in Avon.

Jerry was also an uncommonly dedicated public servant who shared his time and talents by serving on Avon's Town Council before serving as mayor from 1990-92. After moving to Taos, New Mexico in the early 1990s, he worked with the town's elected officials to create a lodging tax that today helps to fund mass transit in the city.

In Taos, Jerry and his wife Peggy began their final beloved project together, the Inn on La Loma Plaza, converting this fortified Spanish settlement dating to the 1800s (a National Historic Register property) into a modern inn. For nearly 30 years, together Jerry and Peggy delighted in sharing the Inn's ambiance, knowledge of the region, and their Southwestern hospitality with countless guests. Today Peggy carries forward their vision for the Inn.

Jerry sitting in the living room of the Inn
Jerry as a young man, sitting on rocks with a canteen, big hat, and a dog