Rowland Edwin Davis was born June 26, 1938 in Juneau, Alaska to James V. Davis and Anna (Bergstrom) Davis.
Rowland attended Coupeville Elementary and High School, spending his summers working in Alaska on fish traps and salmon tenders. After graduating from CHS in 1956, he attended Washington State College (later WSU), where he became a lifelong proud Cougar, earned a B.A. in business administration and met and married the love of his life, Lorraine Bayless.
A daughter, Kristine, and son, Don, soon joined the family, and, after moving to Seattle in 1963, Rowland worked for Pacific Northern Airlines and Pacific Car & Foundry. They moved to King Cove, Alaska in 1967, where he began his 35-year career with Pacific Alaska Fisheries (later Peter Pan Seafoods), and was instrumental in the layout and design of a new facility in 1976.
Rowland retired on Dec. 31, 2003 and, in May, he and Lorraine celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Rowland was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last December, having completed his final radiation treatment on July 8. He was looking forward to a summer of gardening when he was taken by a massive heart attack July 10.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Grace Ohrbeck and Lois Smith, and brother, James Davis. He is survived by wife, Lorraine; daughter, Kristine (Joe) Black; son, Don (Regina) Davis; grandchildren, Grace and Sam; sister, Demaris Dean; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be invited to gather in memory of Rowland at a date to be announced in the future.
Please visit Rowland’s page in our Book of Memories online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com