Remembering T1D Champion Steve Davis


Steve Davis was a leader in the restaurant and consumer packaged goods industries, but to JDRF, he was a beloved member of the JDRF family and our International Board of Directors. It is with incredible sadness and heavy hearts that we share that Steve passed away of sudden cardiac arrest on July 10, 2022.

We are forever grateful for Steve’s many years of service to JDRF, as well as the time, talent, and support he generously dedicated to changing the world for people living with T1D.  Steve and his wife, Lynnda, got involved with JDRF’s Central Ohio chapter when their daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2009. Since then, they worked tirelessly to accelerate JDRF’s mission, fund critical research, and drive life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D.

Steve served as CEO of Bob Evans from 2006 – 2015 and during that time, he and Lynnda were instrumental in promoting and partnering with JDRF through store campaigns, community fundraisers, and Walk Sponsorships. In addition, Steve’s legacy of impactful contributions includes:

  • Steve and Lynnda have both served on the Central Ohio JDRF Board of Directors.
  • Steve served as Corporate Recruitment Chair for the 2013 and 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes (OneWalk)
  • In support of the 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes, Steve held a National Sneaker Sale through Bob Evans that raised over $103,000 for JDRF nationwide.
  • In 2015, Steve and Lynnda were Gala Honorees and received the JDRF Buckeye Promise Award for their dedication to JDRF and the community.

Steve served on JDRF’s International Board of Directors since 2017, was a member of the Funding Committee, and most recently served as the Nominating and Governance Committee Chair for the last three years.

Steve was a true T1D champion and changemaker. The impact of his philanthropic efforts will benefit the T1D community for years to come and we are grateful for the role he played in bringing us closer to curing T1D than we’ve ever been. 

Please keep Lynnda, their three daughters Brittany, Stephanie and Cassie, and the entire Davis family in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.