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September 29, 2016

Man who'd 'rather die than watch presidential debate' gets his wish

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George Norman Davis, a U.S. Army vet, died on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. His obituary mentioned that he'd prefer death to watching the presidential debate that took place that same evening.

George Norman Davis will be laid to rest at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday morning.

When the U.S. Army veteran and Booths Corner, Delaware County, native who “liked country music, NASCAR, hunting, fishing and making up wild stories about he latter two” passed away on Monday, he left behind two brothers, two sisters, three daughters, three grandchildren and a noteworthy obituary.

As with much of the national conversation these days, Davis’ obituary references the ongoing campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

To wit:

“Apparently he meant it when he said he would rather die than have to watch the presidential debate,” it reads. “At least he is no longer obligated to vote, firmly believing regardless of the outcome, the nation is going someplace in a hand basket and he would rather travel in the opposite direction.”

Wrote one mourner on the obituary’s online guest book, “I'm sorry for your loss. Your write-up made me smile. He was obviously well loved and had a great sense of humor.”

Very true.

So yes, in death, Davis was able to make his closing arguments about the current state of American politics.

This is not the first obituary to reference the deceased's disdain for the current presidential race. In May, an obituary for Mary Anne Noland of Richmond, Virginia, noted that the 68-year-old woman "chose to pass into the eternal love of God" instead of having to vote for either Trump or Clinton.

Attempts to reach Davis' family to talk about the unique obituary were unsuccessful early Thursday afternoon, but should they prove successful, this post will be updated.

You can read the rest of Davis' obituary, which was handled by Short Funeral Services in Milton, Delaware, and doesn't reference a cause of death or age, via this link.