South Seattle’s Favorite Donut Goddess Goes to Jail

South Seattle’s Favorite Donut Goddess Goes to Jail

By Amber Campbell

If you’ve ever been to King Donut Laundry Teriyaki in Rainier Beach, there’s a good chance you got served by everyone’s favorite donut goddess, co-owner Davie Hay, and if you’ve been in lately, you might be wondering where she’s gone.

For years, Davie’s been serving up daily doses of donuts and teriyaki, complete with a side of humor and sarcastic tough love.

A sign hanging in the shop says, “The boobs are real. The smile is fake.”

Her customers love it.

Davie also coaches girls soccer at South Shore Middle School and even writes an advice column for the Rainier Valley Post where she provides real-world advice for your first-world problems.

But she recently embarked on a new chapter as a corrections officer at Pierce County Jail — a job she’s had her eye on for a while and one that surprised some of her longtime customers who wondered why she’d want to do such a thing.

“I get motivated to do this type of work because it’s a job no one wants or wants to grow up to be,” she said. “If you think about it, if there weren’t correction officers around, who would watch inmates? This position sits in the public safety category and is something that is important to me as we want to keep communities safe for us to live in.”

Her sister Channa Hay has taken over managing the shop.

And while Davie’s south-end customers have been sad to see her go, they’ve sent her off with a slew of warm wishes and congratulations.

“Now we can actually say: ‘Ya, Davie’s in da joint,’ said one.

“Hope to never see you there!” said another.

“We’ll miss you!” say all.

This week, Davie was kind enough to answer a few questions for your RVP’s People in Your Neighborhood column, a space dedicated to highlighting the unsung heroes of the southeast Seattle community.

Davie Hay


Rainier Beach

How long in Seattle’s south-end?
My whole life.

Where from originally?
North Seattle

Day job:
Corrections Deputy

What do you like most about your day job?
I like being around people. Whether they’re good or not. It will be a job full of challenges, but I’ve always liked a good challenge.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My alarm clock. And chirping birds. I have a zest for life and it shouldn’t be spent sleeping it away. I always think of this quote, “I can sleep when I die.”

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about people and think everyone should have every opportunity to live a good life.

What are your hobbies?
Eating. I love food but then that forces me to workout. I enjoy playing softball, soccer, and starting to play golf.

Tell us about your family:
My parents are immigrants of Cambodia who fled to Thailand on feet after walking 15 hours with my sister. Thailand is where my brother was born at the refugee camp. In 1981, our family was sponsored by another family in Seattle. They eventually put my father to work at their restaurant working 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and he only made $200 bucks a month, while my mom found work whenever she could as a house cleaner. Eventually in 1987 they were able to open the donut shop and the rest is history.

What’s your most favorite thing about the Rainier Valley?
The diversity of people here. Anyone can feel at home here.

What’s your least favorite thing about the Rainier Valley?
The idea that others outside of the area think that it’s a bad place cause of what they see in the media.

Where is your favorite place to go in the Rainier Valley?
King Plaza.

If you could live anywhere besides the Rainier Valley, where would it be?
New York City.

If there was one thing you could change about the Rainier Valley, what would it be?
The cleanliness. It’s such a great location and I feel that it’s dirty with garbage everywhere and people don’t care about making it look nice.

Who inspires you?
My parents.

What was the last thing you read?
“We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda” by Philip Gourevitch

Tell us something about you that not many people know:
That I have a kind heart.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having no stress in life.

What is your greatest fear?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My ability to hold grudges sometimes.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
An ugly heart.

What is your greatest regret?
Not taking time to talk to talk to my parents or visit my grandmother in Cambodia whom I haven’t met yet.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Running the family business and finishing up school.

What do you most value in your friends?

Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents.

What is it that you most dislike?
People hurting people.

GO: South Seattle’s People In Your Neighborhood column is a series of interviews with some of South Seattle’s most interesting and inspiring people. Photos/Davie Hay



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