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STAGE DESIGNER'S DEATH LEAVES A HOLE IN UTAH THEATER SCENE

From a stage depicting the somewhat shopworn Mt. Saint Helen's School auditorium in "Nunsense" to flamboyant Mame Dennis' constantly evolving Manhatten penthouse in "Auntie Mame" to the spectacular multi-level depiction of ancient Egypt and Canaan in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the artistry and craftsmanship that Clifton Akert Davis was able to create on stages throughout the region will long be remembered by thousands of Utah theater patrons.

Mr. Davis, 65, died of cancer Sunday evening at his home.He and his wife of 44 years, Pat, had worked together at several of the area's biggest theaters, including many years at Promised Valley Playhouse, the TriadTheatre during its short-lived heyday and, most recently, at Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre - the former South High School auditorium.

Mr. Davis also taught classes at Salt Lake Community College in scenery design. He was born on Jan. 20, 1927, in Salt Lake City to Chauncey Jacob and Evelyn Iza Akert Davis. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Utah.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, at noon in the Bonneville Stake Center, 1535 E. Bonneview Drive (just east of 1500 East between 900 and 1300 South). Friends may call Wednesday from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn chapel, 2350 E. 1300 South, and on Thursday at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the Kaysville City Cemetery.