Jerry Davee’s Story
In 1978, Jerry Davee and four other passengers were traveling in a private plane returning to San Diego from Bishop after a ski vacation at Mammoth Mountain. Shortly after takeoff, they crashed in a scrub-filled backcountry. After a crash landing and as fuel spewed from the plane, Jerry quickly whisked his 15-year old son Kevin away from the crash site. After ensuring that his son was safe, he returned to help the pilot and passenger, who were his law partner and friend.
Jerry was suddenly engulfed in flames. As a result of this horrific accident, he spent a month and a half in the burn center intensive care unit recovering from his severe burn injuries and during that time, endured seven skin-graft operations that rebuilt his nose, ears, right hand, and right side of his body.
In 1979, Jerry received the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Award for his heroic rescue efforts. It was then that Jerry and Carolyn Davee became formerly introduced to the important work of the Burn Institute, where they have been volunteers ever since.
Jerry joined the Burn Institute board in 1979, became board president in 1982, and served in that position for ten years. In 1992, Jerry was elected as chairman of the Institute’s board – a position he holds to this day.
Without question, a serious burn injury affects a family – and in particular a spouse – almost as much as the victim. Carolyn’s steadfast support of Jerry through his injury was critical to his recovery, both physically and emotionally. Carolyn has shared Jerry’s passion for the important work of the Burn Institute, and has been a steadfast volunteer including chairing special events and serving as the Burn Institute’s Auxiliary’s President.
In recognition of Jerry and Carolyn’s dedicated service to the burn community, the Burn Institute has created the Jerry and Carolyn Davee Fund.
The purpose of the fund is two fold: to create a permanent legacy that will ensure that burn survivors will be helped for decades to come; and to provide immediate assistance to burn survivors in their greatest time of need. Funds contributed to the Fund will be distributed 75 percent to a permanent endowment; and 25 percent to the Burn Institute’s burn survivor support operating budget.
The Jerry and Carolyn Davee Fund is an important effort to ensure that burn survivors receive the helping hand they need to overcome their devastating injuries. From initial services and funding to help burn survivors survive the initial burn trauma, to far reaching programs that will positively impact children for the rest of their lives, the Jerry and Carolyn Davee Fund will create a lasting legacy to support burn survivors in our community.
All contributions are deductible for tax purposes to the extent permitted by current law.