About Davis and His Memorial

The Davis Carlson Memorial was formed January 2006 in loving tribute to our son and our community. Davis passed away December 25, 2005, at the age of eleven, at Children's Hospital in Seattle following a twelve month battle with leukemia.

Davis Carlson

Davis Carlson

Davis and Dad Golfing

Davis and his dad, Garry, golfing


Davis was an avid sports fan. Though only 11 years of age, he could tell you an almanac's amount of information about teams and individual players, from football, basketball, baseball, and golf. Davis loved playing sports, collected sports cards, was an avid video game player, and a great friend to many.

Davis, Taylor & Squatch

Davis with his sister, Taylor, and Squatch


The memorial was created because of the outpouring of community support for Davis and his family throughout his illness. We—friends, family and community—honor Davis’ legacy through this memorial.

Our main purpose is to support the communities of Stanwood and Camano Island, Washington by holding events that raise money for reinvestment in our local area through grants and scholarships. These awards are offered to organizations or people who focus significant efforts on community service.

All donations to the Davis Carlson Memorial are tax deductible. Donations made directly to DCM are collected through the Stanwood–Camano Resource Center and the community Resources Foundation using Tax ID #911833161.

Currently, all direct donations to DCM are applied to the improvement of Davis Place Teen Center and the DCM Community Service Scholarship.

A Very Special Tribute

This song was written by Davis' dad, Garry Carlson, through the strength that Davis provided. Hey Dad is performed here by Erik Ronning and is dedicated to the memory of Davis.

Hey Dad

  • Hey Dad
  • We've played hard today
  • I had so much fun
  • I wanna be strong
  • But I think I'm done

  • I'm tired now
  • And I don't know why
  • I'm not feeling well
  • Can we call it a day?
  • I wish I could stay

  • Hey Dad
  • Words we don't wanna hear
  • Surprise and fear
  • That bring us pain
  • They can't explain

  • God has a plan
  • We don't understand
  • It doesn't seem fair
  • It doesn't seem grand
  • But a deal's a deal
  • And it's alright
  • But we're losing this fight

  • You can cry for me
  • I'll be OK, you'll see
  • Go on livin' strong
  • And it won't be long
  • ‘Til we meet again someday

  • Hey Dad
  • Take care of mom and sis'
  • They need your strength
  • It'll be hard
  • But I love you all

  • Celebrate life
  • And you'll start to feel
  • That your hearts will heal
  • In his grace
  • A better place

  • You can cry for me
  • I'll be OK, you'll see
  • Go on livin' strong
  • And it won't be long
  • ‘Til we meet again someday

  • In his grace
  • A better place
  • An angel got his wings
  • Go ahead and sing
  • Hey Dad
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