OFFICER JASPER A. DAVIS
BADGE 127, 146 & 207
SDPD 03/02/1931 - 01/01/1954
08/02/1904 - 06/15/1994
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - June 19, 1994
Deceased Name: JASPER ALEXANDER DAVIS Police officer, builder, 89
Jasper Alexander Davis, one of the first African-American officers in the San Diego Police Department, died Tuesday following a lengthy illness. He was 89.
Mr. Davis worked as a patrolman from 1931 to 1954, family members said. The times were extremely difficult then for minorities in the police department, said his son, Dr. Frank Buvard Davis, of Cerritos.
"He never got a promotion and there was discrimination . . . but he had a family to take care of," the son said.
His son described Mr. Davis as "a kind man who kept to himself, a person with simple tastes . . . and a sense of humor." Though he experienced frustration at work, he started building houses and retired in 1954 to pursue a new career.
Born in Tennessee Aug. 2, 1904, Mr. Davis moved with his mother to California as a young child. He lived near Fresno for a time and spent most of his teen years in El Centro.
In 1934, he married his wife, Ruth Elizabeth. In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Alice Powell of Los Angeles, and two grandchildren.