Funerals for jet crash victims Monday


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 3/25/2013 6:09 pm Published: 3/20/2013 9:22 am


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Family and friends of two well-known and loved Tulsans remembered the positive impact they had on so many in our area. Services for former OU quarterback, Steve Davis and Tulsa businessman, Wes Caves were held Monday afternoon. They died in the corporate jet crash in South Bend just eight days ago.

Many gathered inside First Baptist Church to honor the life of Steve Davis. The former OU quarterback was celebrated by his teammates, coaches and hundreds of lives he touched over his 60 years.

He is remembered as being a legend on the football field, a network broadcaster and for leading people to Christ. His friends say his priorities were always his faith and his family. And by the hundreds of people who turned out Monday for his memorial service, clearly it was a life well lived.

Steve's pride and joy was his son, Bo. He talked about his dad being a legend, but not because he was a football great, but instead it was his dad who taught him how to ride a bike and to throw his first baseball.

"He was just a dad and a geek and we had a lot of laughs, and did normal father son stuff,” says Bo.

Bo says something he hopes to take away from his father is his incredible toughness and the way he always approached life with joy.

"There was a fight that he had even when the chips were stacked against him,” says Davis.

Steve's brother, Joe remembers the last time he talked to him before he died.

"Then he said O' by the way I am going to take a little flight tomorrow and it's just going to be up and back to Indianapolis. Unfortunately, a little after six I started to hear the news about a plane having gone down and later as the evening rolled on we got the news,” says Joe.

His family says flying was a passion for Steve - maybe it was simply the thrill of being off the ground - or maybe it was because it put him closer to God.

Meanwhile, the two survivors of the crash, retired firefighter, Jim Rodgers and Chris Evans remain in a South Bend hospital. Rodgers is listed in serious condition.

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Funeral services are being held Monday for two men killed in a plane crash in Indiana earlier this month. 

Services for Steve Davis, the former University of Oklahoma quarterback are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Tulsa followed by a private graveside service.

Services for 58-year-old Wes Caves of Tulsa are also being held Monday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jenks. 

Davis, who was 60, led Oklahoma led to back-to-back national championships in the 1970s.

Federal investigators say the plane had two aborted attempted landings at South Bend Regional Airport before crashing into a neighborhood. Two others on the plane were injured, along with one person on the ground.




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