By Fred Willenbrock For The Spokesman-Review

PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – At the heart of family resorts are families: those who operate them and those who continue to return each summer, generation after generation. The oldest of these resorts on Priest Lake, Elkins Resort, will celebrate 90 years, but with one less family member. The patriarch of the family at the helm of the resort longer than any other on the lake, Bob Davis, died Aug. 12 after several months in hospice care in Coeur d’Alene. He was 78 and known for his humor and dedication to the Priest Lake community. He and his wife, Sharon, bought the resort on Christmas Eve in 1983 from Al Elkins, the son of original owner Ike Elkins. Bob Davis retired five years ago but still worked on lake projects he enjoyed with government agencies and organizations. For the past 16 years, the couple’s only child, Tracie, and her husband, Mike Szybinski, have been managing the resort. “My dad loved interacting with the customers and had the ability to chat with anyone,” Tracie said.