Donald DAVENPORT

Donald Clifford Davenport, 92, passed away September 26th at 100 Mile House, B.C., after a long and healthy life, loving the great outdoors and friends and family in two great countries. Donald was born in 1915 in Portland, Oregon, coming from a long line of early American settlers with strong roots in Oregon. He served in WWII US Coast Guard from March, 1942, until November, 1945, in the Philippines. He was involved in many conflicts including the largest battle in naval history at Leyte Gulf. While in the service, he earned 2 Stars for the Philippine Liberation; as well as the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, American Area and Victory Ribbons. Donald was later employed as a timber faller for many years. Donald married Clarice Sylvester Dibble in Renton, Washington on June 16, 1947. They settled in Lacomb, Oregon, where they raised their only child, David. In 1970, Donald and Clarice moved to 100 Mile House, B.C., together with granddaughter Susan where he continued to pursue his avid interest of hunting and fishing. In his retirement years, he was often heard saying that the Cariboo was “the best place on Earth!” as he sat with friends at the picnic table on his property, looking out across the green grass and through the trees, admiring the view he had of Watson Lake for nearly 40 years. An earthy outdoorsman, he enjoyed the simple life and had great health and independence right until the end. Donald was preceded in death by his wife Clarice, who passed away in 1984, his parents, his sister Bernice, and his stepson Daryl Bruce Dibble. He is survived by his son David Davenport of Lebanon, step-daughter Patricia Keizer of Salem, and grandchildren Susan Davenport of 100 Mile House, B.C., Amy Davenport of Helena, Montana, James Davenport of Salem, OR and 5 great grandchildren as well as numerous friends in Canada including long-time hunting partner, Jay Dolinski. A special thanks to the 100 Mile House Adult Day Care Centre and the personable staff with whom Donald shared a lot of chuckles in his later years. A Canadian memorial service will be held at 100 Mile Funeral Service on Friday, October 26, from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. An Oregon graveside and memorial service was held on Saturday, October 20th

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.100milefuneralservice.com

100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements. 395-3243