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Eudora man found dead at construction site

September 28, 2000

A rural Eudora man was found dead Sunday at a construction site from natural causes, Eudora police said.

Fred Davis, 75, was found at subdivision construction site near Tallgrass Drive around 7 p.m. Davis was owner and founder of Modern Engineering Utilities Company, Inc. and was last seen around 3 p.m. Saturday working on the site.

"It appears he went out to do some work by himself," said Eudora Police Cpl. Greg Neis.

Family member Walter Johnston, DeSoto, found Davis after he was noticed missing since late Saturday.

"I went by the house and looked it all over; there wasn't anything wrong there," Johnston said. "I got to the job (site) and found the Mercury and the backhoes, followed the track to the backhoe and found him."

Neis said police are awaiting an official report from the coroner, but preliminary exams point to a heart attack. Family members told police Davis had a history of heart problems.

"He probably had the heart attack while he was walking," Neis said. "It looks to me he died instantly."

Matt Taylor, city engineer, said Davis was working on two separate projects in the city, the Tallgrass subdivision and additional work on property near Ash Court. Taylor addressed the Eudora City Council last Monday of contracting delays to occur from Davis' death. Taylor spoke highly of Davis' character and work as a contractor.

"Fred was honestly probably one of the most capable and trustworthy guys in the area," Taylor said. "It's a shame."

Davis was a member of the Scottish Rite, Shriners and DeSoto Masonic Lodge No. 40.

Mason chaplain and friend Ron West, DeSoto, said Davis was active in the chapter.

"He was just a regular good attender," West said. "He seemed to be a pretty regular participant."

Archie Bedford, DeSoto, remembered Davis as being fun to be around.

"He was a real good guy," Bedford said. "A wonderful guy."

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