by LIZ ONUFER | photo by the Davis family

Three Generations Strong

In 1978, Pat and Julie Davis decided to settle down in 92024. The couple raised their four children in what they described to once be a “sleepy beach town.” Today, three generations of the Davis family are happy to call Encinitas home.

Pat and Julie met in Mission Beach when Pat was in the Navy. After marrying, the couple moved to Michigan – Pat’s home state – for a pediatric dentistry program at the University of Michigan. They had their first son and returned to San Diego upon Pat’s graduation. At the time, Encinitas had a population of 7,000 people and only one pediatric dentist in North County San Diego.

Fast-forward 38 years, and Pat is joined in his dental practice, Davis Pediatric Dentistry, by his son Matt Davis, who has been serving patients alongside his father for 10 years. Son John Davis has also followed in his father’s footsteps. “He recently returned back to Encinitas after serving four years as a dentist in the Navy,” said Pat. Their two daughters have also stayed in close proximity. Annie Clave and her family – husband Curtis and their two children – live in Encinitas. Elizabeth McCullagh and her husband Dave live in Newport Beach with their three children. “We feel so lucky that our children and grandchildren live so close,” Pat and Julie shared. “Right now the grandkids are starting to participate in sports, plays, and school programs, which we love watching!”

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MEET THE DAVIS FAMILY

Parents: Pat and Julie Davis
Children & In-Laws: Matt and Alynda Davis, John and Bec Davis, Annie and Curtis Clave, Elizabeth and Dave McCullagh
Grandchildren: Ella (10), Tessa (8), Abby (8), Logan (7), Gavin (7), Hailey (5), Caden (4), Charlotte (2), Dylan (infant)
Community: Encinitas since 1978


The Davis family is not without its rivalry though, which is completely focused around college sports. As an alumni of University of Michigan, Pat’s alliance lies with Michigan teams. Son Matt was an athlete at UCLA. Daughters Annie and Elizabeth attended USC, while John graduated from University of Colorado Boulder. “So, we have a huge Pac-12 rivalry going on in the family,” they acknowledged. The family’s affinity for sports also draws them to “any and all things having to do with the ocean and snow,” Pat shared. Family trips to Mammoth and Hawaii top their list of favorite family activities. “Most recently we have enjoyed skiing with our grandkids.”

Now, close to 40 years of calling Encinitas home, Pat and Julie Davis appreciate the proximity of family and the opportunities it provides. “There are certainly full-circle moments for us as we watch our own children raising their families,” shared the couple.