Dava J Carey

Dec 20, 1935 – Feb 5, 2017

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Dava Jean Klavano Carey was born in San Jose, California on December 20th 1935. She entered Heaven’s gates on February 5th 2017. When she was an infant, her family relocated from San Jose California to Chewelah Washington due to her Father inheriting  the Family Farm. Dava went to Elementary, Jr High School, High School in Chewelah Washington, graduating from Jenkins High School in 1954. Dava went onto to Kinman Business College Spokane, Washington for a year, then went to work as an ER Nurses Assistant at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Washington for next three years. She met her husband John G. Carey who was from Quincy Massachusetts, while he was stationed at Fairchild AFB Spokane Washington. Married in 1958,  at Spokane Washington. She set out on life filled with travel and adventure. A consummate mother and homemaker, Dava was an outstanding Dependents Wife in support of her husband and Family who was an United States Air Force Master Sergeant (Fire Chief)  for 23 years of faithful Military service. Relocating to numerous duty stations nationwide, every two to three years plus;  two Overseas assignments in Bermuda and Stuttgart Germany, she became well versed in the unusual demands of a military family lifestyle. An accomplished Bowler through out her life, she received numerous accolades, awards, trophies, once maintaining a 600 series league average for over two Bowling seasons. Always on the go, even after the Military service, she and her husband John relocated to Port Hadlock Washington due to his  civil service position of Station Captain of the USN Federal Firefighters at Indian Island NWS Washington. They spent the next 30 years residing in Port Hadlock, Port Townsend Washington community.  Residing there prompted them in becoming Camping RV Enthusiasts and Snow Birds, spending the Winters in Yuma Arizona with the Hitchhiker Club of Western Washington.  

Dava had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of the Catholic Church in St Mary's Chapel by the Sea, Port Townsend Washington and attended Sunday Services at Mill Ridge Senior Care Facility, Milton Washington. Her last residence before passing on.  

Dava was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, MSGT John G. Carey USAF (RET) .  She was also predeceased by her Father, David A. Klavano, Mother, Francis Jeanetta Klavano, Brother, DR. Glenn George Klavano.  Dava is survived by her son CWO3 David J Carey USN ( RET) wife Kimbeth A Carey, Daughter, Margaret A. Falk and husband Dennis Falk, Daughter, Theresa M. Hogan and husband Jeff Hogan.   Dava is also survived by five grandchildren John D. Carey, Michael Anderson, Jonathan Anderson, Jenna Falk, Van Es, Jamie Falk Koutnik, She had 6 great grandchildren Zane Carey, Hannah Carey, Hattie Anderson, Ashton Anderson, Bentley Koutnik, Kali Koutnik.

 A funeral service celebrating her life will be at our Lady of Heaven Catholic Church 14602 A Street S. Tacoma Washington 98444. She will be placed in a niche with her loving husband MSGT John G. Carey USAF (RET)  at Tahoma National Cemetery.


Chris Ziems
Corpus Christi, TX
Apr 27, 2017

Many happy memories of John and Dava whom I met thru Dave and K.

Cindy Kuse
Puyallup, Wa
Feb 27, 2017

I met Dava while working at Mill Ridge Village. It was a pleasure knowing her the short time that I did. We shared a few jokes and enjoyed each other company. So sorry for your loss. Cindy

Anna Margaret Kalhar
Colbert, WA
Feb 25, 2017

So shocked and sorry that Dava Jean is no longer with us, but she will always be in spirit. We lost communication awhile back--I have missed visiting with her. She made me laugh!!

Maureen & Dick Wall
Abington, MA
Feb 18, 2017

Sorry for your loss. I know the Carey family thru Mary Ellen. I'm sure they are together now.

Karen A Keese
Clinton , MA
Feb 18, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


John and Karen Keese

Denice Klavano
Halifax, Ma
Feb 18, 2017

Many happy memories of our family visits together. Hugs to all.

Ann Klavano
Plover , WI
Feb 17, 2017

Thanks for sharing this. I learned things about her I did not know, such as being born in CA. I think the focus on being a military wife captured her well. I will miss her. So glad I saw.her this summer.

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