Grand Musician-Passes Away

    Memorandum for Constituent Lodges

    Subject: Grand Musician-Passes Away

    Dear Brethren and Lodges:

    Worshipful Brother Grant R. Davis passed away on January 5, 2016. He was currently serving as the Grand Musician.  He was a member of both Western Cascade Lodge No. 61 (serving as Lodge Secretary) and Des Moines Lodge, No. 245.

    A Memorial Service will be held on February 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Western Cascade Lodge, No. 61. Located at Enumclaw Masonic Center, 42810 264th SE, Enumclaw, WA  98022.  Refreshments will follow the Memorial. A Military burial will be held on February 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. Kent WA 98042.

    We will truly miss this Brother.  May the Supreme Architect of the Universe receive our Brother and bless his family and friends. Well done, good and faithful servant enters into the House of our Lord.

    Fraternally yours,

    Donald G. Munks

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