Lloyd Davenport
Lloyd Davenport

Obituary of Lloyd Ralph Davenport

Lloyd Ralph Davenport passed away February 10, 2022 in Olympia, Wash. He was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Aberdeen, Wash., the fifth of six boys born to Ralph Floyd Davenport and Edith Berenece Oglesby Davenport.


Lloyd’s family moved to Olympia, Wash., in 1942, and he graduated from Olympia High School in 1956.   He moved to Los Angeles, Calif., for ten years, and completed his military service there, before returning to Olympia.


He married Judith Pifer on June 24, 1977.


Lloyd worked a total of 32 years for the Bell System (originally led by the Bell Telephone Company), six years in Los Angeles and 26 years in Olympia.  He retired from U.S. West at the age of 53.  After that, he worked for FEMA on emergencies for five years, and then as an independent contractor many years for a variety of communication companies.


Lloyd was an avid boater and sailor.  He also was an avid salmon fisherman.  He and Judy fished in Washington, Canada, Montana (for Kokanee), and Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula for many years. 


He wrote and published two books; his first, was The Path, and the second, The Log of El Jay, was about his greatest sailing adventure. He also composed songs, both music and lyrics, and wrote poetry. 


He was one of four founders of the Center O Flying Club, and served as its first treasurer.   He was one of three purchasers of the first airplane owned by the club.


Lloyd was athletic and loved playing golf, tennis, racquet ball, pickle ball, softball, football, basketball, running, and working out in the gym.  He was an Airstreamer, and enjoyed traveling the country by trailer. He and Judy also enjoyed taking ocean cruises.  In addition, they spent many wonderful years snow birding in Florence, Ariz.  He lived a full life and died a happily married man.


He is survived by his much beloved wife, Judith Davenport; children, Wayne Pifer (Karen), Thomas Pifer (Debbie), and Linda (Davenport Schmitt (John); grandchildren, Brittney Blume, Jason Skinner (Jackie), McKenzie Benton (Lane), Michael Pride (Jessica), Alexandria Liddell, Kenny Pride, Christopher Pifer, Riley Liddell, Zach Schmitt, Holly (Schmitt) Pursell, Nicki (Schmitt) Sloan (Dan); and many great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brothers, Paul and Dale. He was predeceased by his son, Loren Davenport.


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