Earl John Davenport passed away on August 13, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 82. He was born on August 18, 1928 in Clayton, the son of Leo W. and Olive (Erickson) Davenport.
Earl moved to Colville with his parents as a young child. He attended school at Colville until he joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17. When Earl was discharged from the Coast Guard, he attended Farragut College. He worked for the Forestry Department and the telephone company in Spokane. This is where he met Serena “Dolly” (Calvert). They were married in March, 1948.
The next fall they moved to Colville and Earl began a long career with the Washington Water Power. His starting position was meter reader, but he held many positions with WWP, including onsite coordinator for Expo 74 and Commercial Representative and District Manager in Davenport. Earl retired from WWP as District Manager in the Colville Office in 1988.
From 1970 to 1974 Earl took some time away from the WWP to pursue his interest in politics and government. Earl first worked in Olympia at the Governor’s office and as Republican State Chairman. Two years later, he accepted a position as a consultant to the office of the Vice President of the United States. These positions gave him the opportunity to do a lot of traveling all over the USA, especially to Washington, DC, where he had a lot of exciting and interesting experiences.
After retiring from Washington Water Power, Earl began another career as a consultant to Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co. in Colville. While there, he negotiated generated power contracts and lobbied for the timber industry in Washington, DC and Olympia.
Dolly passed away in August 1997, but Earl was blessed with another love for the rest of his life. He married Dorothy (Erickson) Davenport in September 2005.
Earl made many friends throughout his life. Some of those friendships developed through the many community activities in which he was involved, including Rotary, Private Industry Council Chairman, National Park Service Advisory Board Chairman, Providence Hospital Board, Colville Community Arts, American Cancer Society, to name only a few. When he wasn’t working or volunteering, he enjoyed golf, music, sports, watching the many wild animals around his rural Colville home and especially spending time with friends and family.
Earl was preceded in death by his first wife, “Dolly” Davenport; two brothers, Leo Davenport and Thomas Davenport.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Davenport, Spokane; his son, Cal Davenport and wife Lilly, Rochester; his daughters, Cheri Baker and husband Harold, Kennewick; and Cathie Buzzell and husband Dale, Seattle; grandchildren, Daryl Baker, Seattle, and Amanda Murray and husband Mike, Litchfield, New Hampshire; his brother, Kenneth Clark and wife Nancy, Pleasant Hill, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Earl Davenport will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 19 at the Colville Community Church, 930 S. Elm St. A luncheon will follow the service and the graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. at the Fairmount Cemetery in Spokane.
Memorial contributions may be given to The American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville has been entrusted with arrangements.
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