Davis was born in Peoria. He graduated from Manual High School and then Bradley University. Davis worked with the Bradley basketball team as a student assistant manager before spending eight years as a business and tour manager for funk musician Bootsy Collins.
He later worked with the Memphis Grizzlies for 13 years, most recently as Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Programs.
Davis also did a lot in the way of service. He directed basketball camps and helped initiate the 'Grizzlies Day of Giving' where Feed the Children distribute food to needy families.
Those who visited Wednesday had fond memories of "Double D".
"Dana was a unique person. Kind of one of a kind and he was very devoted to our community to the kids. Would help anybody. And he was a doer. Lots of people say they'll do things, Dana got things done," said Chuck Buescher, who knew Davis through Bradley's basketball team.
"Friendly to everyone.He knew people from the guy taking out garbage to everybody. He treated everybody with respect. That's the huge thing about Dana," said friend, James Gilkesson.
Davis died on October 3rd. He was 56-years-old.