Davis Youzhong Chen
October 5, 1932 – June 10, 2020
Davis Youzhong Chen, 87, of Issaquah, WA, beloved husband of Shan Shan Chen for 61 years, passed away on June 10th, 2020.
Davis was born in Anhai, China in 1932. He attended Nanjing University of Technology, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China. After graduating with a degree in Architecture and Urban Design, he held various statewide urban planning jobs in Fujian province. The majority of his professional career was with the Fujian Provincial Construction Bureau.
He came to the United States in 1979 to study English and American Architecture at Shoreline Community College (SCC) in Seattle, Washington. He worked numerous jobs including painting apartments, dishwashing, and landscaping to help support his family and to pay for his tuition. Upon completing his studies at SCC, he worked for an architecture/engineering firm. He was a member of the Seattle Chapter of Chinese American Institute of Engineering. In the late 1980’s he opened his own business in architectural design. By the early 1990’s his business had grown to include residential condo development and imports of marble and granite construction materials.
Davis retired in early 2000 and has since enjoyed his retirement until his passing. While in retirement, he enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, traveled around the world, reading novels, Chinese calligraphy and listening to Chinese folk music. He also enjoyed technology and used his iphone and ipad to share pictures and various interests with those close to him. Davis was especially proud of his grandchildren and cherished his time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son John Chen and granddaughter Lily. He is survived by his wife Shan Shan Chen, son Henry (Lynn) Chen, daughter Louisa Emery, sister Lishu Chen, grandchildren Melissa, Melinda, Luke, Isabelle, and great grandchildren Ariana and Lilliana.
A visitation for Davis will be held Friday, June 19, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. A graveside service will occur Friday, June 19, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. A burial will occur at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, Washington 98007.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared on the Memory page for the Chen family.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Davis Youzhong Chen
June 18, 2020
We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Youzhong, he was a cherished and longstanding friend of our family, and a big support to us in our own time of need. He was an outstanding gentleman and raised a wonderful family. Wishing the Chen family the very best, please know we are here to return the favor of support.
Jean Eng and Family
June 15, 2020
The first time we met Davis and his family over 20 years ago was also the first time we visited Seattle. The first bowl of Pho, the first tour of Space Needle, and the first Christmas in Seattle, seem like yesterday.
Ever since then Davis has been like a father to us and his loving family has been very close friend to ours. For almost every important holiday, we were invited to his house for the celebration. It was another home away from home for us.
We will always remember his smile. Even during his last days, he kept that smile when we visited him.
Rest in peace, Uncle Chen. We will always remember you.
Xiaolin and Tony Wei
June 13, 2020
I am a friend of Henry and Lynn for over 30 years。 I actually don’t have much personal contact with uncle Davis Chen, but he is one of people admired in my life。I know it is fact he loved Henry’s mom very much. He was a gentle man in that regard。 I believe he was a very stubborn person. He had a picture of what he wanted his life to be and made sacrifice to make it a reality。It is very inspirational to me for what he accomplished after 50。 I always remind myself life is never too late because him。
May you Rest In Peace Uncle Chen。You had a life many People want 。