NEWPORT - Carlton M. Brackett, 94, son of Ivory and Georgia Brackett, passed away June 30, 2013, at Maine Veterans Home. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Carlton was devoted to his family and dedicated in his long career in support of Maine farming and in service to his community.
Carlton grew up in Newport, where he made many lifelong friends with whom he enjoyed summer activities on Lake Sebasticook, attended Newport schools and played regional baseball and basketball. He graduated from Newport High School and worked his way through the University of Maine-Orono, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. After graduating from UMO, he enlisted in the U.S. Army
to serve in World War II
. Before being called to duty, he married his high school sweetheart, fellow University of Maine-Orono graduate Madeliene Banton, with whom he shared a loving marriage of 55 years until her passing. A first lieutenant, he served in the European Theater in England, Ireland and France. He participated in the Rhineland Campaign and was recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Star
, American Theater Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After the war, he was stationed in Portland, Oregon, where he and Madeliene resided before taking a memorable cross-country drive to return to Maine. After completing his military service, Carlton was employed by Veterans Administration Training Dept. in Maine and later was employed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Farmers Home Administration. During his career with the FmHA, he received several promotions, retiring as Chief of Farm Programs after 36 years of service. Active in his community, Carlton was an officer with Barrows-Skidgel American Legion Post, Newport, and was involved in many civic organizations, including Sebasticook Valley Hospital Board, Newport Water District, Board of Trustees of Peoples United Methodist Church, Newport, and on a committee to oversee construction of a then new Newport High School on Elm Street. He loved the Maine woods and enjoyed many years of hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing and golfing with friends and family. Above all else, the leisure time activity he enjoyed the most was fishing Maine's lakes and streams. A star pitcher in high school, he was a loyal Red Sox fan. He had an avid interest in history and politics, and to his 94th year remained abreast of US news and world events.
He is predeceased by his wife, Madeliene; and his brother, Gerald Brackett Sr. He is survived by daughter, Loy Leslie and her husband, Mark, of Monmouth; daughter, Lyn of Northern Virginia; two grandsons, Richard Leslie of Lewiston and Darek Leslie of Salem, Mass; three great-granddaughters, Maddy, Mia, Alica; brother-in-law, Richard Banton and his wife, B.J., of Freeport; a niece and nephews, including Gerald Brackett Jr. of Georgia; and a cousin, Elva Alden Petring of Colorado.
Visiting hours for family and friends will be held 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Brown Funeral Home, 34 High St., Newport. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Newport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sebasticook Lake Association, Lorraine Stone, treasurer, 177 Kitchen Hill Road, Newport, ME 04953. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences please visit www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com