Papa’s cupcake maker’s father dies at 96

By SITA SHAFNAVARAPA / FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES,Karen B. WALKER-TODD,Associated PressThe family of Papa’s Cupcake maker Paul W. Davis has confirmed the death of his father, Paul Davis, at age 96.

A statement from Davis’ daughter, Karen B. Walker-Todson, said the family is “deeply saddened by the news of Paul’s passing.”

The statement continued: “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, their daughters, and his three grandchildren.”

Davis’ daughter added that “we are extremely saddened by Paul’s death and we will be praying for him and his family as they grieve.”

Davis was born in Indianapolis in 1921 and moved to Indiana from Chicago with his family.

He started working at the Cupcake Shop on the south side of Indianapolis in 1925.

His shop was shuttered in 1927.

Davis died peacefully on April 3, 2019, at his home in Indianapolis, his daughter said.

The family has not released a cause of death.

Davis was the first and only father to win a Pulitzer Prize, for The Chicago Tribune in 1949.

He served as president of the Chicago Tribune newspaper from 1981 to 1995.

He also served as publisher and general manager of the National Association of Newspapers, which was founded in 1920 to support newspaper publishers in the cities that would become the nation’s major cities.

The Associated Press writer David McCrary in New York contributed to this report.