Kenneth Melvin Davis, 88, passed away October 17, 2013 in Arlington, WA. He was born to Melvin and Myrtle Davis October 15, 1925 in Azwell, WA, and grew up in Chelan, WA. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Kenneth spent his career as an educator. He was a teacher, Jr. Hi. principal in Sunnyside, WA and high school vice-principal and principal in Edmonds, WA. Kenneth was a beloved father, brother and husband. He loved playing baseball, camping, riding his trail bike in the hills above Lake Chelan, road trips on his Goldwing. He was a great story teller around the campfire and a good camp cook. He was a not so fearless hunter. Kenneth was steadfast in his friendships, a principled leader as a school principal, loyal, dutiful, displayed exquisite penmanship and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a rock on whom others depended. In his words "Trying and failing is OK, but failing to try is not OK." Preceding Kenneth in death was his first wife, Evelyn Florence Dickes in 1990; brother, Howard Davis; sister, Evelyn Fowler, step-daughter, Cynthia Christensen. He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn June Davis; daughter, Sandy (Tom) Goodrum of Elk Grove, CA; sons, Gary (Peggy) Davis of Auburn, WA, Larry (Carolyn) Davis of Custer, WA, Kirk (Bea) Davis of Granite Bay, CA; stepdaughter, Pam (Ed) Giecek of Arlington, WA; stepson, Mark (Lynn) Christensen of Fairfax, VA, sister-in-law, Dorothy Davis; brother-in-law, Carl Fowler; and a number of grandchildren and great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 25, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Olympic Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community, 20909 Olympic Place, Arlington, WA.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 20 to Oct. 27, 2013