Touching Twin Peaks Tribute To Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis as Major Garland Briggs

On June 29, 2008, actor, visual artist, theater professor and U.S. Army captain Don S. Davis suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 65. Former fest organizer Jared Lyon made the following video tribute to Don and his work as Major Garland Briggs in Twin Peaks, which was shown at the Seattle Art Museum as part of the 2008 Twin Peaks Fest where he was originally expected as a special guest for the 9th time.

A favorite character of many, Don will be sorely missed when Twin Peaks returns. There’s no doubt David Lynch and Mark Frost will honor his important role in the world of Twin Peaks. If not in the new series, then at least in The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks. Unless, of course, whatever happened to Major Briggs remains “highly classified”.

Twin Peaks Tribute to Don S. Davis (August 4, 1942 – June 29, 2008)

The Major’s Vision

One Cloud of the Roofs made the following edit mixing the Major’s speech to his son, Bobby Briggs, into M83‘s Sister (Part 1).

MAJOR BRIGGS
Bobby, may I share something with you?

A vision I had in my sleep last night. As distinguished
from a dream, which is a mere sorting and cataloguing
of the day’s events by the subconscious; a vision, fresh
and clear as a mountain stream, the mind revealing itself
to itself.

In my vision I was on the verandah of a vast estate, a
palazzo of some fantastic proportion. There seemed to
emanate from it, a light from within this gleaming,
radiant marble. I had known this place. I had, in fact,
been born and raised there and this was my first return, a
reunion with the deepest wellsprings of my being.

Wandering about I noticed happily that the house had
been immaculately maintained and there had been
added a number of additional rooms but in a way
that blended in so seamlessly with the original
construction one would never detect any difference.
Returning to the house’s grand foyer, there came a knock
at the door.
My son was standing there.He was happy and
carefree, clearly living a life of deep harmony and joy.
We embraced, a warm and loving embrace, nothing
withheld. We were, in this moment, one.

My vision ended and I awoke with an overwhelming feeling of
optimism and confidence about you and your future.
That was my vision of you.

I’m so glad I’ve had this opportunity to share it with
you.

I wish you nothing but the very best in all things.

BOBBY
Thank you. Dad

MAJOR BRIGGS
I’ll see you later at home.

BOBBY
Okay.

Pieter Dom

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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  1. Somehow I missed this news until just now… but of course this explains why no one has mentioned him. Hubby and I were both looking forward to seeing Mr. Briggs in the new episodes… He will be sorely missed!

  2. Does anyone else think that Bobby has some of the “special wiring” that his dad had? Maybe in the new series, Bobby will have taken over his dad’s classified work. Wouldn’t you just love to see Bobby in an Air Force uniform? 🙂

  3. I felt bad when this Man passed on. I’ve seen Him in. So ment tv shows its not funny. Well all my Prayers too His Family I rely I’d myer this Man s work.

  4. worked with Don’s son many years ago during college in a small town in southwest MO. his son with was the nicest kid ever. very humble. he was a bagger at the grocery store we worked at.

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