Kory Glen Davidson
May 14, 1963 – March 15, 2021
Kory Glen Davidson passed away peacefully March 15, 2021 while surrounded by his family at home. Kory was born to Robert and Suzanne Davidson on May 14, 1963 in Tacoma, Washington. He was the middle child of three, sandwiched between two sisters, Karri and Kristy. Kory attended Washington High School and studied graphic art at Fort Steilacoom college in Tacoma. In 1986, Kory moved to Seattle to pursue professional opportunities in graphic design. The strategic move also allowed him to spend more time with his future wife, Tonia Suchy, whom he married in 1997. The couple resided in Seattle and raised three daughters, Alexandria, Annabelle, and Audrey.
Kory’s affectionate and warm-hearted personality was a precious gift throughout his life to all who knew him as he constantly drew in new friends. Kory was described as a caring, artistic and friendly child with a sense of humor. He was the boy that always made the new kids feel welcome. This inclusive, loving, and joyful spirit earned Kory the “most popular” award his senior year in high school.
While Kory enjoyed a variety of activities from football to drama, drawing was a constant for him. As a child, he was enthralled by his father’s talent for pinstriping cars and lettering signs. Through the years, pinstriping continued to influence Kory’s artwork. His successful career as a graphic designer spanned decades over which he worked for companies including Union Bay, Girvin Design and Strum Marketing. In 2004, he launched his own design company on the side, Rehab Graphics. Kory’s creative talents can still be seen today through widely recognized logos for numerous companies such as Zeek’s Pizza, Thermarest and Genesee Fuel, just to name a few. Kory’s love for design along with his gift for helping people grow in their skills made him a valued and favorite colleague in each position he held. This was clearly illustrated when Strum Marketing recently renamed their conference rooms for some of Kory’s favorite things such as “Maple Bacon Bar.”
In 1995 Kory met Tonia Suchy. They quickly bonded over their shared passion for U2, creativity, and their deep love for Jesus. They married in the fall of 1997. Through the years, Tonia would tell her daughters, “I’m sorry, but you’ll have to marry the second best husband because I married the best.” Kory was a devoted husband and father who also knew how to turn family time into fun time. Kory’s creative slant in how he saw the world became fodder for many entertaining family dinners. Kory was a very involved dad: volunteering to teach art lessons in his daughters’ classrooms, using his booming voice to cheer on soccer sidelines, giving countless rides to various activities, sharing his love for donuts when Tonia worked late, and providing a never-ending stream of dumb dad jokes that always made his girls laugh.
When Kory was seven years old, his friend, Rick Myking, invited him to Sunday School. Faith became a foundational force for Kory. He said he believed in God because he felt God’s constant love for him. Early on, Kory chose 1 John 3:18 as his life verse. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” This was Kory’s true north, to love others through actions. These actions materialized in Kory spending hundreds of volunteer hours for causes he believed in while also sharing his faith. Two main organizations through which Kory served were Young Life, where he mentored young people, and DOXA ministries, where he helped build homes in Tijuana for families in need. Additionally, years ago he helped establish Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Over the past decade, he was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in West Seattle. In whatever capacity Kory served, he was a relational magnet. His gentle humor seemed to be a vehicle for grace and growth. In all aspects of his life, Kory encouraged others towards love and the Christian faith.
His loving, faith-filled actions reached far beyond the church walls. Kory was a man of many traditions who regularly spent time with those who mattered the most to him. Kory and his friend, Steve Clark, created the Smokin’ and Sippin’ Fellowship on Kory’s back deck, which met monthly, rain or shine. Kory desired this because he believed men just needed a space to hang out to smoke a cigar, sip some good whiskey, and just be together with no agenda. He was also a founding member of The Big Blowout, an annual camping trip that started with 6 of his high school friends 37 years ago. The group grew as the members grew older; their own families invited new friends who were always welcome. Some years The Big Blowout amassed as many as 200 people. Kory never missed a year and often designed t-shirts to mark the occasion. Kory and Tonia continued to build annual traditions with their friends’ families with annual trips to Camp Casey and Labor Day camping. All of these traditions created an anchor, not just for Kory but for all of the people who joined him.
Kory’s love, humor, and faith provided a family feel and home-like quality about him. He will be deeply missed by many, but especially his wife of 23 years, Tonia; daughters Alexandria, Annabelle, and Audrey; parents Robert and Suzanne; sisters Karri and Kristy; nephew Cody and niece Kayley. Memorial services will be held Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1:00 at University Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to DOXA at
May each person who knew Kory continue his legacy of love, humor, and faith, and extend “home” to others in this world.
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