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.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.flammfh.com
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Published by Deseret News on Mar. 5, 2015.