Donald M. DeMuth
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NORWAY -- Donald M. DeMuth died suddenly and peacefully on Friday, July 19, 2013 at his much loved home on Sand Pond in Norway. He was 90 years old.
He leaves his wife Donna, four children Michael, Nancy, Jodi and Barbara and their spouses; ten grandchildren and four of their spouses and five beautiful and energetic great-grandchildren. His family, he felt, was his greatest legacy and he sparkled when they visited.
He made many contributions to his country and community. He served four years as a Lt.j.g. in the U.S. Navy, skippering a landing craft (LCT) in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned a Masters degree in Social Work, served four years as a juvenile court referee, followed by leadership positions at the Detroit Children's Home, Beechbrook Children's Home in Cleveland, Ohio and as the Executive Director of Child and Family Services in Portland, Maine.
In 1987 he left social work and became a self-taught, master carpenter. He built several homes for his family and friends, and was always available for small projects. Following this, Don served 25 years as a court mediator, retiring to the lake house at Sand Pond in 2007.
Don was known and respected for his calm and clear leadership skills, his commitment to hard work, his deep understanding of human nature and his compassion. He was a quiet man but comfortable with speaking forcefully when the situation demanded. There was not an un-authentic bone in his body.
He had a lifetime passion for the political world, and was an uncompromising supporter of liberal causes. He loved to play tennis, and in his later years, he faithfully watched every major tournament. He loved fishing, golf, poker and was hysterically funny playing family games.
He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.
A private memorial will be held at the family's convenience.
Arrangements are under the care of the Meader & Son FuneralHome, 3 Franklin Street, P. O. Box 537, Rumford, ME 04276.
In lieu of flowers, Don and his
family would appreciate donations, in his memory, to an agency to prevent child abuse in Cumberland County which is;
c/o Opportunity Alliance
50 Lydia Lane
South Portland, Maine 04106
Donald M. DeMuth
MEADER & SON FUNERAL HOME - Rumford
3 Franklin Street P.O. Box 537
Rumford, ME 04276
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 22, 2013