Donald M. DeMuth
NORWAY -- Donald M. DeMuth, 90, died suddenly and peacefully on July 19, 2013 at his much loved home on Sand Pond in Norway.
He made many contributions to his country and community. He served four years as a Lt.j.g. in the 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 Childrens Home in Cleveland, Ohio and as the executive director of Child and Family Services in Portland.
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.
He leaves his wife, Donna; four children, Michael, Nancy, Jodi and Barbara and their spouses; 10 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.