Grant William Davidson was born on November 20, 1953, in Portland, Ore., and passed away May 3, 2011, in Redmond, Wash. He spent his boyhood in Hornbrook, Calif., where he enjoyed fishing the mountain lakes and the Klamath River. He was proud to be a Boy Scout and enjoyed hiking and camping.
After graduating from Yreka High School, he joined the Army.
Grant loved to travel and was able to see most of Europe while stationed in Germany. His love for travelling continued throughout his life and was second only to his love for fine food and the art of gourmet cooking.
Grant worked tirelessly to encourage and promote agriculture throughout Washington.
He served as president of the Washington State Farmers Market Association and was a member of the King County Agricultural Commission.
His passion was for local farmers markets, and he was the founding manager of the markets in Woodinville, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Crossroads and Mountlake Terrace.
Grant helped many local growers get their starts. His generous spirit knew no bounds.
His tireless advocacy helped expand the opportunities for low-income families and seniors to shop at farmers markets.
Grant was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julie, and his parents, Lew and Shirley Burket.
He is survived by his son, Scott; Julie’s daughters, Jen Rak, Kim Rak and Danielle Rak McNulty; siblings, Toni Bray, Shawn Walters, Beth Peters and Scott Burket; granddaughters Erica, Cassandra, Audrey and Gabriella.
A celebration of Grant’s life will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. before the opening of the Lake Forest Farmers Market at 17171 Bothell Way NE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cascadia Community College Foundation - Julie and Grant Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund (for Healthcare Careers), 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011.
Rest in peace, dear Grant. You will be in our hearts forever.