James Martin Davis

James Martin Davis

November 30, 1945 – August 30, 2021

Preceded in death by son, James Mellencamp Davis; parents, Ida and John M. Davis; sister, Angie Fleshman. Survived by wife, Sarah “Polo”; daughter Tori Sitz (Jesse); grandson, John David Sitz; brothers, Richard and John Davis; sister, Janie Welsh (Tom); brother-in law and sister-in-law, Mark and Marnie Mellencamp; cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday, September 3rd from 5pm to 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific Street.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, September 4th at 10:30am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334.  Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Heart Association and a veteran’s group chosen by the family.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.

 

 

28 Comments

  • Maria A. Vera Posted August 31, 2021 3:16 pm

    My deepest condolences. James Martin was my mentor, a dearest friend.

    • Van Argyrakis Posted September 1, 2021 9:20 am

      How have you been? I was just thinking about you and maybe we can see each other at Mr. Davis‘s services.

  • Judy and Bob Burley Posted August 31, 2021 4:18 pm

    Dear Polo and Tori, We are so so sad for the loss of Jim. Such a great Man,Father,Husband,Friend and Attorney. He was Loved and Respected by so many. See you soon,Polo. Love and Prayers. Always. Judy Burley

  • Anne (Weist) Kalkowski Posted August 31, 2021 8:16 pm

    Mrs. Davis and Tori,
    I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Davis. I always admired him from afar as a passionate defender of the law and a veteran who served our country well. Mrs. Davis, I admired you from one of the desks in your classroom at Marian back in the late 80s. I’m so sorry your wonderful family is going through this difficult loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Van Argyrakis, J.D. Posted September 1, 2021 8:50 am

    Always enjoyed seeing your mug on my TV during the College World Series. And will never forget the day we were in court together when Dr. John got sentenced you were truly one of a kind.

  • steve e zielinski Posted September 1, 2021 9:08 am

    It was great growing up with Jim on Frederick St, Plaing foot ball in Jacks front yard,kick ball at Dewes back yard and baseball across froms Docs house on Spring St.
    RIP Steve Z

  • Maurice Johnson Posted September 1, 2021 9:36 am

    I was Jim’s law clerk during my last year of law school. Jim was a mentor and was so kind to me. I really looked up to him. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Tori and Polo.

  • Penny Westfall Posted September 1, 2021 9:37 am

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. I so loved being in the courtroom and outside the courtroom with Jim when I was practicing law in the area. I loved his sense of humor and his professionalism. He will be missed.

  • Patrick Bloomingdale Posted September 1, 2021 9:38 am

    James Martin Davis. Truly a life well lived! He was an icon in the legal field. I met him only briefly, but I imagine he would have been one heck of a great guy to know. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, and know that he lived about as full and interesting a life as one can, and he had such a positive impact on so many.

  • Chris Carmean Posted September 1, 2021 9:40 am

    Spoke to Jim many times over the years. Even testified for the prosecution in some cases he was counsel for the defense. But I always respected him for his fairness and integrity. A very good man.

  • Steven G. Seglin Posted September 1, 2021 9:53 am

    My deepest sympathies. I am a fellow Vietnam Veteran.

  • SHON COOK Posted September 1, 2021 10:30 am

    I am sorry for the loss for this family. Nearly 30 years ago, I worked as a legal intern for Mr. Davis. A brilliant attorney who inspired my own legal career. I am forever thankful.

    Shon A. Cook

  • Robert F Bartle Posted September 1, 2021 10:33 am

    Jim served his country, family and profession with great distinction.

  • William Steinkamp Posted September 1, 2021 11:50 am

    I am so sorry to hear about James. I loved to talk with him about his term with the Secret Service. He and I both protected presidents, first ladies and other political dignitaries. I knew him as “Jim” at Ryan. He was a friend and a person to follow and look up to. Always available to help when needed. Proud to have known him as a well-established attorney. I am already missing him. RIP my friend. My condolences to Polo and his daughter.

  • Annette Clark Posted September 1, 2021 12:03 pm

    As an attorney I can say that James’ death is a huge loss for the Omaha legal community. Prayers of peace and comfort for his family!

  • Loretta D. Collins, Esq. Posted September 1, 2021 12:15 pm

    My condolences and prayers for the family.

  • Jackie Madara-Campbell Posted September 1, 2021 1:57 pm

    I have so many fond memories of Jim – having known him in my role as a television news reporter, later in law school when he gave me my first clerkship, and then as a fellow attorney.
    My husband Scott and I send Polo and Tori our heartfelt condolences. Jim touched the lives of many and will be missed and remembered.

  • Karen & Butch Posted September 1, 2021 2:23 pm

    Jim, you have been my friend, confident and boss for many years. I will always love and respect you for the rest of our lives.

  • Michael Selman Posted September 1, 2021 5:15 pm

    Our deepest condolences. Mr. James M. Davis will be greatly missed. Go rest high on that mountain. Thank you for serving our country. 🇺🇸.

  • steven J. lefler Posted September 1, 2021 5:38 pm

    beckie and i treasure the times we dined with you both here in NYC. on a professional level, JMD brought the profession into the modern era with his approach to the media. and he commanded attention in the courtroom.on a personal level, he was a great guy to be around. he made us all laugh at some anecdote, etc. but he could laugh at himself. he was generous: i did a favor for him and he bought us a certificate at the ‘river cafe’ in brooklyn. a memorable evening for which we still give thanks. but even more importantly: we didn’t know you both very well when jimmy died. by chance, we saw you both at the florists getting flowers for the funeral. we stopped our car and hugged the two of you, all of us crying. jim said: i hope it never happens to you. but it did. we lost angela 5 years ago at the age of 34. who was the first person to call; who drove 4 hours for her funeral – JMD. rest in peace, our warrior. on july 4th, we will miss your columns.

  • Brad Michael Posted September 2, 2021 10:16 am

    He has been described as “larger than life” – and to me, he was just that. He was someone I grew up watching on the TV news & reading about in the newspaper. I never dreamed I would someday get the chance to work for him. He allowed me to intern in his office as a legal assistant and later hired me full time. So, for a few years I literally got a front row seat to watch and learn from him. At times he could be difficult to work for, but he was also a great mentor. Once at the conclusion of a trial he quietly called me into his office to point out a mistake I had made, a mistake that only he noticed. It was a lesson I have never forgotten. It’s difficult to explain the impact Jim had on my life & career. I’m glad I stopped in to see him a few weeks ago and told him in person. And as I have done for years, I will continue to tell stories and lessons of my time working for the great JMD. Rest Well, Jim. To Polo & Tori, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Mike Oman Posted September 2, 2021 12:16 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He is the reason I am still here today. I looked up to him like no person alive. He gave me life

  • Ron Bianchi Posted September 2, 2021 12:53 pm

    I was in Boys Scouts with John. I send my heart felt sympathy for all of you in this sorrowful time. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! Omaha lost a true defender of those in need.

  • Daniel P. Chesire Posted September 2, 2021 1:21 pm

    Polo: My prayers and my wife Nora’s prayers are for you and Tori. Jim doesn’t need them as I know he is in Heaven with your son Jimmy. All of us in the legal community will miss Jim as he was a wonderful person, so full of life besides being a great lawyer and an advocate for his clients. He was such a great spokes person for Vietnam vets and for all those who served or are presently serving in any military branch. We will all miss him but we won’t forget him. Dan and Nora

  • Vincent Valentino Posted September 2, 2021 6:03 pm

    I remember Jim fondly with the different courtrooms I saw him in over the years. I know he like d a good hand of poker too. I can only recall the one thing about Jim that reminds me of Atticus Finch in “Too Kill a Mocking Bird”. Atticus is packing up his brief case after he tried the murder case of Tom Robinson. As Atticus leaves the courtroom the black community watching from the balcony stands as he is leaving Reverend Sykes tells Atticus’ daughter Scout, to stand…..”Miss Jean Louis? Miss Jean Louise…stand up. Your father is passing.”. That reminds me of Jim.

  • Nicole Neesen Posted September 4, 2021 8:51 am

    I adored Mr. Davis. When I was a young lawyer he was a mentor and friend. He taught me to care about people and to keep my head up at a time when I struggled with confidence in the profession. I will miss him. I will keep all your family in prayer.

  • Mimi (Amondsen) Coffman Posted September 4, 2021 2:10 pm

    My prayers and sympathies go out to Polo and the family. The Good Lord broke the mold when JMD was created, and he used his many gifts in the courtroom and in the magnificent articles he wrote conveying so many aspects of war and its impact on our soldiers and their families. He never forgot his fellow veterans and told their stories in such a powerful way. Rest in peace, Jim

  • Theresa Robinson Posted September 8, 2021 10:57 pm

    I want to reach out and express my love for the family. I am so very sorry for your loss and have watched the media coverage of Jim and know that the family must be so proud of him.

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