Deon Clair Davenport
1949 - 2015
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Deon Clair Davenport
May 7, 1949-February 26, 2015
Surrounded by his family, our beloved father, brother, uncle, grandpa, and friend slipped quietly away after a short battle with lung cancer. Deon was comforted and supported by his family, and many friends that loved and cherished him.
Deon was born to Clair and Mathel Davenport in Shelley, Idaho. He grew up in the Salt Lake area and graduated from Hillcrest High School. He attended Ricks College and the University of Utah studying Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Architecture.
Deon was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served an LDS Church mission in the Eastern States. He married his sweetheart and love of his life, Diane Cardwell in the Salt Lake Temple on September 7, 1972.
Deon spent many satisfying years working in graphic design, and counseling at the Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony. His love of scouting encompassed 30 years of service to many boys. Deon loved being a mountain man and everything about the old west and cowboy history. He joined the Fort Henry Buckskinners and adopted the nickname "Curly." In 2000 he started a cowboy action shooting club and was the driving force in creating an old west town "Twin Buttes" for cowboy action shooting, located west of Rexburg on Highway 20. He encouraged the Rotary Club of St. Anthony to erect a monument in honor of Fort Henry.
Deon was a beautiful artist, craftsman, designer, builder, musician, counselor, antique car renovator and so much more. He freely shared his talents with everyone. He loved his family deeply and we loved him. Happy Trails Deon.
He is preceded in death by his mother Mathel Roos Davenport and granddaughter Rose Faith Strate. He is survived by his wife Diane, his children Karla Parkinson, Rick, Amy (John) Marlowe, Angie (Shaun) Jeppesen, Jennie (Clint) Strate, and Tara (Josh) Lehmann, and 26 grandchildren. Also surviving Deon are his father Clair Davenport, brothers and sisters Ravenna (Henry) Hanft, Mark (Sheri) Davenport, Karen (Randy) Young, Edward (Vicky) Davenport, Eric (Liz) Davenport, Doreen (Brent) Christensen, Paul (Kodi) Davenport.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Parker LDS Church, 132 Center Street, Parker. Friends may call at Bert Flamm Mortuary, 581 East 1st North, St. Anthony, Friday night from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery.
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Published in Deseret News on Mar. 5, 2015.
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March 10, 2015
I was saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Deon. I grew up with him and Ravenna, and his mother was one of my great mutual teachers. Deon was always a friend, and a great artist. May you find peace and comfort to your souls at this sad time.
Jayna Banks Butler
March 7, 2015
Deon was a very talented, gifted, and humble man. Great role model to all
Scott Horne
March 7, 2015

Your Mother and I went to The Church of Latter Day Saints at > Parker Way to go My Good and Faithful Friend! The World Has Need Of Willing Hands, Who Wear The Worker's Seal,.. Thanks Deon!


The Clark Family

Hal and Marlene
Hal and Marlene Clark
March 7, 2015
Deon is a great talented man. I have many fond memories of working with him on the stage at Ricks College. He always had a quiet humble confidence that set him apart. I am sorry for your temporary separation from him. It was way too soon.
Mike Riddle
March 7, 2015
Deon was my mentor at Rexcraft printing from 1976 to 1978. He was thoughtful, patient and dedicated to his craft. I could talk to Deon about anything; he was always a 'safe place'. So sorry to hear he has left us - and too soon.
Nils Lindstrom
March 7, 2015
I went to High School with Deon, I have fond memories of his smile and the talent he shared. May you be comforted in this time of loss.
Nola Stirling
March 6, 2015
Dear Davenport Family,
We were quite surprised to hear of the passing of your good husband and father. Sister Thurgood and I worked quite closely with him a the JCC. He was so helpful to us and our assignment in working with the young people there on behalf of the Church. We appreicate the love he has for everyone, especially those who have a challenge in life. He will be missed, but only for a short time, because we know, as you know, of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Great Plan of Happiness that He has provided. Deon knows that plan and you will be with him again. We love the Davenport Family. I had the privilege of teaching each of those wonderful children in seminary or religion classes. What a grear family. May the Lord greatly bless and console you at this difficult time.
Larry and Jean Thurgood
(Buenos Aires Argentina)
March 6, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Davenport family. May God give you strength and peace.
Psalm 29:11
March 5, 2015
To his family and amazing children that I grew up with I give my condolences!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this transitional period!!


Corey Curr
March 5, 2015
Lowell and I were saddened to see when Deon left this life. We are in Mesquite for the winter and will not be home in time for the funeral. Please know that we are thinking of your family in this difficult time and we are putting our arms around you. I so enjoyed working with Deon at JCC and Lowell was so impressed that he wanted to save some of his old buildings. He will remain in our memory for a long time. Lowell and Mardi Millar-Parkinson
March 5, 2015
Uncle Deon you will be missed greatly. You were a wonderful man to be around as you were one that always was smiling. I will never forget the time you were there for me at my mothers viewing. You raised wonderful kids and your family will forever continue to grow knowing what a great husband, father, and grandfather you were always.

Aunt Diane, Karla, Ricky, Amy, Angie, Jennie, and Tara, I'm so sorry for the loss of one great and wonderful man. Memories will remain always of Deon as a great person who loved all.
Mikey Leazer
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