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George Louin Davidson Jr., 79, died Jan. 15, 2018, peacefully in his sleep at his home in Desert Hot Springs, California.
He was born March 17, 1938, in Summerville, Massachusetts, to Laura Ann Davidson and George Davidson of St. John, New Brunswick. He grew up on the East Coast in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
“He loved adventure and joined the Coast Guard in 1956, his family writes. “He was stationed in Adak, Alaska, as a communications technician and he fell in love with Alaska.”
He was stationed in Adak through 1967. After his tour with the Coast Guard, he moved with his then-wife, Anne, and their three children to Ketchikan. He worked as an electronics technician for various communications companies in Ketchikan, most notably Service Electric.
“He loved working with Alaska mariners,” his family writes. “The family welcomed their fourth child. For a brief time he moved his family out of state when he was offered an opportunity to teach, however they missed Alaska and returned.”
Mr. Davidson was an avid gunsmith and had hand-crafted a Wheelock, a crossbow, and various flintlocks and muzzleloaders. In recent years, he volunteered at a local gun range.
He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.
Mr. Davidson was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Elizabeth McLane (Davidson) Caskey; and parents, Anne and George Davidson.
He is survived by his children, Dana Davidson and Laura Davidson of Ketchikan, and Katherine “Katie” Davidson and Cheryl (Davidson) Messinger of Federal Way, Washington; grandchildren, Tiffany (Hargraves) Tombaugh, Sean Fultz, Ian Fultz and Wilbur Fisher IV; and great-grandchildren, Lillie-Anne and Tyrell Tombaugh of North Pole.
The family will have a private celebration of life this summer.