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Bobby Davis will leave his position as Payson’s economic development specialist at the end of July to spend more time with family.

After a recent vacation in Alaska, Bobby Davis, the town’s economic development specialist, submitted his resignation June 13.

“I’m ready for a change,” he said. “I just went on vacation and had time with my wife and the more I thought about it, I decided I want to spend time with her.”

His wife recently retired from a 13-year career with the Arizona Department of Transportation. He found it difficult to have different schedules.

“I didn’t think it would affect me as much as it did,” he said. “At 67 I want enjoy what life I have left.”

Davis will hardly slow down though — he’s fit and still ready to go.

“I’ve lost 35 pounds. I feel better than I have in a long time,” he said.

Davis is already exploring obtaining a real estate license.

“I will take a real estate class at (Gila Community College). Get my real estate license,” he said.

He has no plans to quit the numerous boards and councils he sits on.

Davis is a councilor for the Town of Star Valley and on the boards of Local First Arizona, the Arizona Association for Economic Development and serves as vice chair of the Central Arizona Government. He is also a longtime member of Kiwanis, where he served as the governor from 2011-12.

“When you get old, you have some experience,” he said.

Davis has a long career in business. He met his wife of 38 and a half years in his native Texas when they both worked with defense contractors in Abilene. The two have four children and eight grandchildren together.

Before moving to Rim Country in 2003, Davis worked in Gilbert for TRW, an aerospace, credit reporting and automotive company.

“I traveled all over the country,” he said.

He decided to slow down when he came to Rim Country, working as the general manager for Star Valley RV.

“I got tired of working seven days in sales,” he said.

Then Richard Haddad, the publisher for the Roundup, recruited Davis to work as the paper’s advertising manager.

“I told him I didn’t have newspaper experience,” he said.

But he picked it up and found success. Davis stayed with the paper until the recession.

“The Roundup will always be part of my family. They were great times,” he said.

Then he moved to BBVA Compass Bank until the town recruited him for economic development.

Besides spending time with his wife, their children and grandchildren, Davis plans on taking trips to see his 94-year-old mother in St. Angelo, Texas.

But he has no plans of leaving Rim Country.

“We’re going to stay here. Why leave a beautiful place?” said Davis.

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contact the reporter at: mnelson@payson.com

I cover the Town of Payson, courts, wildfire, business, families, non-profits, the environment and investigative reporting

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