Caron Coons Davis, 61, beloved wife of Paul Davis, died peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, due to complications from a double lung transplant, and surrounded by family and loved ones.
Caron was born April 10, 1952, and spent her childhood in Nome, graduating from Nome High in 1969. She attended college at UofA, Fairbanks. She was a proud member of Operating Engineers Local 302, and instructed in the Union’s Crane Operator’s school. Her energy and work ethic made her successful in a field dominated by men, but she considered that a challenge and was equal to the task. She married Paul Davis October 10, 1997, and they enjoyed amazing times together, with their shared love of Alaska and their steady devotion to one another and to their loved ones through thick and thin. She retired in 2000 to care for her aging mother; she made her own home in Homer. In Homer, she and Paul ran a charter business, The Blue Dawg Bed and Boat, named for their Siberian husky.
Caron was known for her exuberance, determination, unquenchable energy and joy. She embraced life and lived it fully. She had a mischievous sense of humor and a cheerful spirit, and will be remembered for her unique perspective and personality. She kept her indomitable spirit through a difficult illness. She loved the outdoors and captained her boat with skill and precision, taking friends and family out in search of halibut and salmon.
Friends knew Caron as their most loyal cheerleader and supporter. Once she made a friend she kept them for life and her generosity was boundless. She gave of her time, energy, knowledge, and gifts without thought of repayment and a guest never left her home without an amazing home cooked meal, and most likely some smoked salmon, moose meat or clams that had been caught, processed, and preserved by Caron and Paul. It was likely that the guest also would play pinochle and enjoy Caron’s enthusiastic tales of recent adventures after their meal was complete. Caron’s interests were wide including sewing, beadwork, berry picking, hunting, mechanical problem solving, and most of all helping others in need. She loved to travel and most recently had a wonderful time in China.
Caron is survived by her husband, Paul Davis, daughter Sherry (Chris) Graves, two grandchildren; Wyatt and Trinity, of Charleston, W.Va., sisters; Bertie Gerdes, Greeley, Colo., Darlyn Hill, Port Charlotte, Fla., Kim Scarlett, Puyallup, Wash., Lynn Merrick, Camas Valley, Ore., and Bea Pierce, Lake Tapps, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ron and Caroline Coons, and sister Jean Merrick of Moses Lake, Wash.
Services will be Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road, Homer, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Alaska Donor Services, 235 East 8th Avenue, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501.