Merle Eugene Davis

February 16, 1928May 12, 2013
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Merle E. Davis, 85, of Olympia, Washington, passed away on May 12, 2013 after a brief battle with Leukemia. Merle was the son of Carl and Euid Davis, Born February 16, 1928 in Sequim Washington. He attended Port Townsend High School and graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1945. After High School, Merle served as a deck hand on a tug boat touring the Straights of Juan De Fuca, a very rough body of water to tour just off the coast of Victoria Island. After a brief tour, Merle elected to join the United States Army and served as a Medical Corpsman in San Diego California. Following his tour with the Army, he attended Arizona State University and graduated from Central Washington University. Merle received his teaching degree and then earned his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. Merle married Joyce Rhoads in 1952. They adopted two children, Barbara Ann and Michael. During the summer vacations while living in Tumwater Washington, Merle supported his young family working during the summer at the Olympia Brewery as a pipe fitter. He mentioned that it was hard work but worth a beer. Joyce passed away in 1982. Merle served in the Tumwater School District for 30 years. He was a teacher and progressed to the Elementary School Principal for Peter G. Schmidt. Merle continued on to be the Principal of Tumwater Middle School. Merle retired from teaching and went on to work for Hodges Real Estate for 10 years. Merle met Beverly Miller at a school board meeting and married her in June of 1983. Beverly and Merle were married for 28 years. They enjoyed their retirement together and traveled the world and wintered in Palm Springs.

Merle is survived by Barbara Valdez of Holland, MI. and Michael Davis of Pasco, WA., Step-daughter and son-in-law Shelley and Mark Seidenverg of Bend, OR., Step-son Michael Miller of Tenino, WA., Step-son and wife Stephen and Cindy Miller of Camarillo, CA., Step- daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Randy Fisher of Portland, OR., Grandson and wife Aaron and Cassie Miller of Rochester, WA., Granddaughter Lindsay Seidenverg of Denalli, AK., Granddaughter and husband Lauren and Kenny Aultman of Olympia, WA., Granddaughter Amy Seidenverg of Bend, OR., Granddaughter Ashlee Brooks of Phoenix, AZ., Great Grandson Easton Miller of Rochester and Great Granddaughter Ruby Ann Aultman of Olympia, WA.

Funeral service will be held at Mills & Mills, May 29, at 3:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Providence Sound Homecare and Hospice.

God Bless Merle forever.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Ken Layton

June 4, 2013

Mr. Davis was the principal at Peter G when I attended there 1962 through 1965 (grades 2-3-4-5). What I remember most was in 1963 in Mrs. Walters' third grade class, Mr. Davis suddenly came in and whispered something into Mrs. Walters' ear then he left. Just as soon as he left, Mrs. Walters announced that President Kennedy had been shot and killed that day. This was the first time Mr. Davis did NOT use the public address system to make an announcement. He felt it would be best to go to the individual rooms and inform the teachers.

May 28, 2013

We had a family of seven children and walked to Peter G. From kindergarten on. Mr. Davis was a principal when I being near the tail end of the seven, attended there. He was a very happy kind man. I was sent to his office one time, and the entire way there , I was fearful of getting paddled. He was very calm and spoke to me very matter of fact. He asked me if I thought I could go back to class and not talk the rest of the day. I nodded and he, hands folded sat behind the desk, and simply said, " ok then, you may be excused to go back". Such a sweet man. He will be missed. The picture gallery is precious. My brother is in one of them as well as my kindergarten and first grade teacher. Thank you for the memories . Rest in peace and God bless you and your family.
Heidi Haines ( Beattie)

Lisa and Randy Fisher

May 27, 2013

Rest in peace our dear, sweet Merle. You will be missed!

May 27, 2013

Merle: ...a gentleman...a friend. We'll miss playing having fun in the desert. We'll miss you...but we'll remember you ...a gentleman...and our cherished friend.

Linda Baker
Bob Maples

May 27, 2013

I was fortunate to have Merle Davis as my 8th grade teacher in 1956-57 at the original Michael T. Simmons Grade School.
He was a wonderful teacher and mentor to all of his students. When I returned to Olympia in 1971 we reconnected and remained good friends until his death. I will always cherish his friendship and appreciate how he & the other teachers prepared me so well for life.
Neil E. Woody

Shirley Reynolds-Rohr

May 27, 2013

You were a great part of my education for many years. You will be greatly missed. Until we see you again. God Bless.