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Morgan Davies, 82, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2001, in Payson. He was born Jan. 13, 1919, in Tredegar, Gwent, Wales, U.K.

Mr. Davies received a scholarship to Oxford, attended flying school in 1938 and went into the Active Royal Air Force in 1939, as a fighter bomber pilot. He fought in the Battle of Britain and was investitured by King George the Sixth with the Distinguished Flying Cross. (One of two Crosses received). After he received severe wounds, he left the air force in 1945 and returned to Oxford after a long hospital stay. He completed his formal education, graduating with a masters degree in Electrical Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Davies came to the United States in 1965 and to Arizona in 1967. He worked for various electronics plants until his retirement as a design engineer in 1982 when he moved to Payson.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Payson, a charter member of the Payson United Methodist Church and a member of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Rosa Mary Davies of Payson; one daughter, Carol Hilary Moore of Lowestoft, Suffolk, England; two sons, Trevor Albert Morgan Davies of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Martin John Davies of Owasso, Okla.; three stepsons, Jerrold Lynn Allen of Higley, Ariz., Kelvin Glen Allen of Panguitch, Utah, and Gordon Wayne Allen of Chandler, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many relatives in Tredegar, Wales.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bedlington Davies, his mother, Bronwen Owen Davies and one sister, Doreen Mwyfenney Lewis.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Payson United Methodist Church.

Donations can be made to Payson United Methodist Church, Hospice Building Fund or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home

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