November 3, 2011 |

Summer resident Davidson built homes in Oregon, Haines

Summer resident Everett Charles Davidson, 69, died Sept. 23 at the Portland Veterans Hospital after an 11-year battle with prostate cancer. His family was by his side.

Davidson was born Jan. 7, 1942 in Peterborough, N. H. He moved to Oregon as a child with his family. According to family members, he was an all-star basketball player on teams at Banks High School in Banks, Ore. and attended Eastern Oregon State College on a basketball scholarship.

Davidson married Carol Simantel in 1962 after working as a hand on her family’s dairy farm in Hillsboro, Ore. He joined the Air Force in the mid-1960s, where he served as a courier, including one year in Vietnam.

Davidson came to Haines in 1993 as a guest of Beach Road resident Shel Scarrott. The two had been friends since the early 1970s when they worked in the same real estate office in Hillsboro, Scarrott said this week.

"He was a pure shooter and an excellent tree climber" who worked on trees as a sideline to his career selling and building homes, Scarrott said. Davidson retired from Stewart Title Insurance Company in 2003.

Everett bought land on Beach Road in 1994 and built a cabin next to Scarrott’s. He retired in 2002 and only business and health issues kept him from spending more time here, Scarrott said.

Everett enjoyed helping others and just a week before he was med-evaced from Haines to Portland, he was climbing up and down neighbors Ter and Janet Nielsen’s’s 90-step stairway helping with a remodeling project. "I never met anyone he couldn’t get along with," Scarrott said.

Everett loved fishing and hunting and on his last fishing trip in early September caught a 65-pound halibut.

Davidson is survived by wife Carol Davidson of Salem, Ore., daughters Marcie Brown of Forest Grove, Ore., and Lisa Munson of Salem, Ore., as well as by four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. A memorial was held in Hillsboro Sept. 30.

Donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society.