Donald Ray Davenport|
Donald Ray Davenport, a long-time Edmonds resident who followed a 28-year stint in the Navy with a successful real-estate sales career, died Sunday, April 28, after a brief illness at Swedish Hospital.
Born Dec. 24, 1922 on the family farm near Diagonal, Iowa, Don joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 after attending Iowa State University. He served in World War II in the Pacific as a flight navigator on a B-24 Liberator. After completing Officers Candidate School and flight school in Pensacola, Don accumulated nearly 17,000 hours flight time as a Naval Aviator, flying PBY Catalina, P2V Neptune, P3 Orion, C47 and DC-6, and was stationed throughout the United States. Don retired from the Navy June 1971 with the rank of Commander and as Executive Officer of Seattle's Sand Point Naval Air Station. He then ventured into real estate, selling residential real estate through 2012. He also was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending countless hours on his boat with his family.
Mr. Davenport is survived by his wife, Lee, whom he married in 1945; seven children, 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a younger brother, Russell Davenport of Diagonal, Iowa also survives him.
A Viewing will begin at 5pm on Wed., May 1 with a Rosary beginning at 7pm at Beck's Funeral Home, 405 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds; 425-771-1234. The Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11am on Thurs., May 2, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 630 - 7th Ave. N, Edmonds. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the Nature Conservancy, 800-628-6860 or www.nature.org.
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Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2013