Lifelong American and longtime Alaska resident Owen Donald Davenport (Yogi) 62, passed on from his home in Juneau November 27, 2012 after losing a long battle with cancer.
Born in the Bronx New York City, New York, to Blois and Mary Davenport on April 10, 1950. After living in several locations around the lower forty-eight, he and his family moved to Fairbanks in 1964 where he resided until 1988. While in Fairbanks he attended local schools and is a 1968 graduate of Lathrop High School. After a short stint in the U.S. Army he was honorably discharged in January of 1971. From 1974 thru 1978 Owen was employed in Radio Communications during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Project. Stationed mainly at Galbraith Lake. From 1980 thru 1988 he was employed with Fairbanks North Star Borough and also served as an Executive Board Member with the Education Support Staff Association.
In late 1988 he relocated to Juneau to act as a caregiver during his mother's illness and remained in Juneau until his death. He was employed by the Juneau School District until his retirement in 2008. Owen was also owner and operator of The Fanstand sport collectables and ODDities gallery.
Owen was a talented artist and Native Arts Craftsman. Many of his works are owned and admired by friend, acquaintance's, and customers. His talents were sought after by many local businesses and political organizations, and friends.
Owen was an avid collector of sports collectables, antiques, music, gems, and ceramic pottery of which he had amassed an extensive collection. He had a great love for great music, movies, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
He was preceded in death by his Father Blois Davenport, Mother Mary Isaacs, Brother Richard Blois Davenport Sr., Step-Father Stanley Isaacs, and his beloved Bulldog Captain Crunch.
He is survived by his Nephews Chris Davenport of Juneau, Alaska, Richard Davenport of Kahului Maui, Hawaii, and Kyle Davenport of Bountiful, Utah. He is also survived by several Grand-Nieces and Nephews, cousins, long time friends, and a special recognition to Tim Miller of Juneau, Alaska.
One of the wittiest people you would meet, his sense of humor, good nature, loyal friendship, and generosity, will greatly missed by all that knew him.
His ashes, along with those of his Mother, Brother, and Step-Father will be buried together this spring in Juneau. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Hospice, a wonderful organization who's help we could was greatly appreciated.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Jan. 10, 2013