Robert (Rod) Orwin Davidson

Robert Orwin Davidson, 68, died Oct. 21 in Tacoma.

He was born Nov. 12, 1945 in Shelton, Wash., the son of Patricia Davidson and the late Wesley Davidson.

The Davidson family moved from Vaughn to Ketchikan in 1954.

A Ketchikan High School graduate, Davidson earned a degree in forestry from Oregon State University. He joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS John Adams submarine.

Following Navy service, he worked as a logger for his father, who owned and operated Davidson Logging Co. on Prince of Wales Island. He later worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Ketchikan.

While in Ketchikan, Davidson married Nancy Walsh. The couple moved to Juneau where Davidson continued employment with the U.S. Forest Service. He retired in Shelton. Following divorce, he moved to Tacoma and worked on government fisheries computer contracts for NOAA in Seattle.

Davidson was preceded in death by his father, Wesley. He is survived by his mother, Patricia;  sister, Lynda (Bob) Adams, niece, Amy Adams, nephew, Mark (Britta) Adams, aunts Peggy (Joe) Dervaes of Vaughn and Kathryn (Jim) Arnold of Gig Harbor and numerous cousins and other relatives along with his special friend, Evelyn Nye of Tacoma.

Nancy Walsh remains a good family friend.

Graveside and memorial services were held in Vaughn, as well as a service in Ketchikan.

A guest book is online at

Jacqueline May Deacon (LaRoche)
Lynn Ann Higgins