Obituary: Daniel T. Davenport (June 2, 1951 - Jan. 15, 3013)

Written by Submitted January 25, 2013 11:29 am

Daniel T. Davenport
Daniel T. Davenport
Daniel T. Davenport, 61, died on January 15, 2013, in Douglas City, Calif. He was born June 2, 1951, in Weaverville, Calif., to Dean and Frances (Day) Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana (succumbed to leukemia in 1997), his father, Dean (2001); and his mother, Frances (2011). 

Dan is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Bryon Evans of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandsons, Ethan (12) and Sean Evans (6); sisters Deanna (Vern) Bianchi of Anderson and Jean (Darrell) Schock, of Auburn, Calif.;  brother, Ronald (Wanda) Davenport of Battle Ground, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Dan grew up in Weaverville, where he attended school through his junior year of high school. He stayed with close family friends in Alaska his senior year and graduated from Wasilla High School. While in Alaska he worked on the docks and fishing boats and realized his love for the ocean.

After graduating in 1968 Dan returned to Weaverville and began working for the U.S.  Forest Service at the Big Bar Ranger District. In 1973 he married Debbie Sankey. They had two girls, Dana Marie (1975) and Donna May (1978).

In 1980 they moved to Crescent City so he could fulfill his dream of commercial fishing. He also worked for North Coast Paving, Richard B Davis Surveyors and Del Norte Golf Course. In 1998, Dan returned to Weaverville where he provided excellent lawn and property maintenance services for several Trinity County residences. He took pride in caring for their yards, chopping wood and pruning trees. It was while pruning when Dan suffered a tragic accident that led to his untimely death.

Dan was an avid outdoorsman and loved to river and ocean fish, hunt, horseback ride, packing into the Trinity Alps Wilderness, river rafting on the Trinity River and gardening. He was always looking forward to a good yard sale and had a passion for antiques.  Dan was a member of the Trinity County Historical Society.

Dan was a caring, loving man, a supportive and giving friend. He loved getting together with friends and family and always looked forward to group trips to the coast and his fishing trips to Washington with his brother. He was an excellent cook and by far one of the best at barbequing.  He liked to preserve the fruits of his labor and to receive a jar of tuna or some smoked fish from Dan was a treasured gift he gave to many friends.  

A Celebration of Dan’s Life will be held this summer. Remembrances may be made to the Trinity County Historical Society, P.O. Box 333, Weaverville, CA 96093 or a charity of choice.