Northwest NEWS

April 29, 2002

Local News


Lawrence Edwin (Ed) Davidson
   Lawrence Edwin Davidson of Duvall died April 19. He was born in Allen, Texas, August 7, 1916, to Elmer and Willie Davidson. Ed was a Southern Baptist, joining the church when he was 20 years old. He was an employee for Anderson-Clayton Foods Inc. for 34 years as a truck driver. He retired from the company in 1982.
   He married Elsie Helen Knight in 1937. Their marriage of 65 years was blessed by laughter and love. They had two daughters, Barbara Ellen Wiswell of Kirkland, and Janis Marie Davidson of Duvall; one granddaughter Darla Jo Johnston of Mountlake Terrace; and one great granddaughter, Melody Ann Johnston of Mountlake Terrace.
   In 1982, Ed and Elsie left their beloved Texas and moved to Duvall to be close to their daughter Barbara. Though a Texan to the bone, Ed soon came to love the beauty (and the fishing) of the Pacific Northwest.
   He was an exceptional man. He felt his wife and children were the most beautiful, special people on earth. His joy was shown by his perpetual grin and his renowned habit of playing practical jokes on his nearest and dearest. Besides his family, Ed's second love was fishing; any fish, anywhere, anytime.
   He was a gentle, kind, loving man and he will be greatly missed.
   A memorial service was held April 27 at The Duvall Church. Contributions in Ed's name can be made to Washington Trout Inc. PO Box 402, Duvall, WA 98019.
   Theodore N. Thayer
   Long-time Woodinville resident Theodore "Ted" N. Thayer passed away at his home on Thursday, April 18. His family was with him.
   Ted was born Nov. 26, 1929, in Juanita to Lovina and Cecil Thayer. One of nine children, Ted lived in Montana before moving back to Woodinville at the age of six. Ted met his childhood sweetheart and future wife, Loraine Anderson, in 1943.
   Both attended school at the Woodinville School, the brick building which was until recently the site of Woodinville City Hall. They married in 1950 at the Methodist Church in Woodinville with a reception at the Hollywood Schoolhouse. He built his bride a home on Hollywood Hill, where they continued to live with their children and eventually grandchildren. With support from several Woodinville pioneers, Ted started his own electrical contracting company in 1959, where he continued to work until 2002.
   Ted was an avid golfer and fisherman. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing in earlier years, and traveled to four continents, often with their children and grandchildren.
   They spent as much time as possible at their summer home in Lake Chelan. Ted and Loraine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April 2000 at the Hollywood Schoolhouse.
   Family members living in this area are: Loriane Thayer (wife), Theodore L. Thayer (son), Tami Eggleston and Teresa Keenan (daughters), and Lovida Anderson (mother-in-law). His five grandchildren are Cody and Brooke Thayer, Tommy Eggleston, Mitchell, Kaitlin and D.J. Keenan. Ted is also survived by his sisters: Shirley Barnhart, Ilene Barton, Ruby Halvorson and Nadine Crozier.
   A memorial service was held on April 26. at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church. Rembrances may be made to the Endowment Fund at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 950, Woodinville, WA 98072; or to Northwest Behavioral Associates (assistance for children with autism), 12506 128th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.