Roy Dale Davenport

Roy Dale Davenport

November 30, 1941 - August 01, 2020
Mission Viejo California

Roy Dale Davenport

November 30, 1941 - August 01, 2020
Mission Viejo California


Roy Dale Davenport, 78, of Mission Viejo, California, passed away on August 1, 2020, with his family by his side.  Roy was born on November 30, 1941 in Monrovia, California.  He was the oldest of 4 children.  He attended LeTourneau University in Texas and received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He then went on to enlist in the US Navy and served on the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

While serving our country, he was connected with a 3rd  grade girl from the Bay Area as a pen-pal. This little girl’s mother worked with Carole Olsen and knew the two would get along well and decided to play matchmaker.  When Roy was discharged from the Navy, Roy and Carole were officially dating and were married soon after.  They bought their first home in Mission Viejo and have lived there for 49 years.  Roy and Carole were married for 51 years and have two children, Brian Davenport and Heather Kovacevich, and 5 grandchildren.

Roy had many hobbies and passions including cars, boats, hiking in the mountains, and tinkering with anything he could get his hands on.  This included fixing up cabins over the years in both Arrowbear and Lake Arrowhead in the local San Bernardino Mountains where he and Carole enjoyed many long weekends.  He expressed his Christian faith by being involved in his local church congregation including men’s events and small groups.

In 2011, after noticing a lump on his neck, Roy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He endured many rounds of chemotherapy, a stem-cell transplant, times of remission and relapse and eventually the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in 2019.  Everyone was amazed by his tenacity, fighting spirit and positive attitude which he had right until the end.  He also never lost his sense of humor, constantly joking with both family and medical staff.  He will be missed tremendously by his family and friends.

In memory of Roy, flowers can be sent to O’Connor Mortuary at 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 or in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: August 19, 2020 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: August 19, 2020 (1:30 PM)
  • Venue: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Location: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (858) 658-7360

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7 responses to Roy Dale Davenport

  1. Thank you for viewing my father’s memorial page! We welcome you to share your memories here. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes during our time of mourning and celebration of life.

  2. Michael Hay says:

    I met Corvette buddy ‘HotRodRoy’ and felt he was a brother. Very few people warm others’ hearts as Roy did, with his easy smile and quiet nature. He never tried to impress others; his soft delivery revealing a solid grasp of things mechanical and electrical. We oft chatted about the latest project; Roy being very valuable to this tinkerer.

    Roy’s love, admiration and long partnership with Carol was likewise apparant. I admired their shared joys with the classic wooden boat group and other times, too often lost to so many in these busy lives; not so with Carol and Roy. He may not have known of his influence on me in that vein, again, not pushed, but joyfully shared.

    The world if less bright for us left behind and my condolences to all the Davenport family are deep and warmly sent. I will always think of Roy when tinkering, as he watches over me, offering more quiet advice..

  3. Dale and I send our love and deepest sympathy to the Davenport family.

  4. Erik Olson says:

    Old square dancers never die, they just promenade home. Love you, sister Carole. Sincere sympathy. In His Love, Erik. <

  5. Vicky Starke says:

    Roy was one of the kindest men I have ever met. I grew up with his daughter, Heather, and lived in the neighborhood. I always remember him working in the garage or yard; always willing to show me what he was working on. I always felt incredibly welcome by Roy and Carole, and my childhood would not have been as bright without the Davenport family. My sincere condolences.

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