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I. Reid Davidson, 89, of Easton, postmaster at California for 20 years until retiring in1985, died Nov. 30, 2012, at Talbot Hospice in Easton.

He is survived by Roberta Jean Knutson Davidson, originally from Madison, S.D., his wife of 64 years, of Easton. The couple lived in St. Mary’s County for 47 years.

Born Aug. 19, 1923, on the family farm in Milford, N.Y., he was the eldest son of the late Isaiah Reid and Lucy Downey Munyan Davidson. After high school, he worked in a government arsenal in New York, helping to supply munitions for the war effort. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served three years as an aviation mechanic, stationed in Norfolk, Va.; Recife, Brazil; and San Pedro, Calif. He and his wife were married Sept. 12, 1948, in Pipestone, Minn.

He had careers as an auto mechanic in New York and well driller in South Dakota before coming to St. Mary’s County in 1961. He served as a clerk in the California post office before being named postmaster in 1965. He was named Maryland Postmaster of the Year in about 1972.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Theron W. “T” Davidson, formerly of Lexington Park; stepbrothers, John Munyan and William Munyan; and stepsister, Ida Munyan Pickens.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jan Reid (Evelyn) Davidson of Lewes, Del.; daughter, Lucy Ann Davidson of Easton; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His sister-in-law, Barbara Jean “Dolly” Davidson, and nephew, Kim A. Davidson, live in Lexington Park.

He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, snacking on St. Mary’s County stuffed ham, making his own wines, reading Civil War history and tending the fireplace.

He was a member of the former Christ Lutheran Church in Lexington Park and First United Presbyterian Church in California.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge. A private family memorial will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653.