Valley County, IDGenWeb Project

Hugh F. Davenport

Hugh F. Davenport, 82, passed away on Feb. 7, 2011 in Orange, Calif., due to lung cancer. A celebration of life will be planned for Orange and McCall later this year.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1928, to Jay and Lelia Davenport in Caracas, Venezuela. He moved to Orange, Calif., when he was 13 years old to live with his aunt and uncle and attend Orange High School while his parents continued their missionary work in Venezuela.

He met the love of his life, Gloria Thorson, at a church camp and they were married on Sept. 24, 1948. They had two children, Scotty and Kim.

He received a master’s degree in human psychology from Whitehead College at the University of Redlands. Hugh worked for Hunt Wesson until 1977 when he retired and started his own computer consulting business. Later on, he spent many days helping his good friend Newt Wayne at Huntington Valley Press.

He and Gloria split their time living between Orange and McCall. In his later years, he loved to try new adventures. On one memorable trip, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean as a crew member on the HMS Rose, the three-masted square-rigged ship used in the movie “Master and Commander.”

In 2001, he flew to Great Britain to drive a steam engine train. Then in 2009 at the age of 80, he went to Scotland to hike a 100 mile trail through the countryside.

He enjoyed sharing his adventures with his family and friends. We even found the nurses and doctors at the hospital enjoying listening to his stories.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gloria Davenport; his sisters, Elizabeth Eggett of Vancouver, Wash., and Ruth Davenport of Garland, Texas; his son and daughter Scotty Davenport (Bev) and Kim Zeydel (Jally) of McCall; his granddaughter Kirsten Zeydel (Richard O’Neill) of Orange, Calif.; his grandson Bart Zeydel (Megan) of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; his great-grandchildren Maile and Colby O’Neill; and many nieces and nephews.

He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

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