- Dana Emery Hall, 68, of Solon, passed away at his beloved family home on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. A fourth-generation resident of Solon, Dana was born on March 10, 1949, in Skowhegan to Malcolm and Mary (Corson) Hall.
Dana graduated from Solon High School in 1967, attended a semester of college at the University of Maine and then enlisted in the Navy in January of 1968. He served as an Aviation Ordnanceman on the USS Ticonderoga during a wartime Pacific tour and on the USS Roosevelt in the Mediterranean. Upon his discharge, Dana reenrolled at the University of Maine, where he graduated with a BS in Forestry in 1977. He married Mary Jean Pinkham on August 28, 1976. Together, they had two daughters, Erin and Emily.
Dana was a skilled sawyer and logger, working for several lumber mills in central Maine before owning and operating his own sawmill from 1983 onward. Dana was engaged in his community, serving as a selectman for the Town of Solon, rarely missing a vote in any election, and being active with the Arnold Trail VFW Post in Embden.
Dana was a man deeply rooted in the Maine landscape. He avidly enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing, paddling, hiking, and identifying tree species throughout the state. In the summer of 1989, he met his "trail family" while volunteering to help build a new lean-to at West Carry Pond with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Dana continued to dedicate time, talent, and materials to the MATC, taking part in constructing or repairing over 10 shelters, preparing multiple tent platforms, building bog bridges, maintaining a two-mile section of trail near Pleasant Pond Mountain and serving as a corridor monitor. In 2013, Dana received the MATC's President's Award for his dedicated service.
Apart from being in the woods, the other place Dana felt most at ease was in the company of other Freemasons. His Masonic life began in the summer of 1981, when he was initiated, passed, and raised in Solon's Keystone Lodge #80. Dana enjoyed serving the community through the Mason's charitable works such as presenting local students with college scholarships and Bikes for Books. He strengthened the 13th District's outreach by affiliating with Northern Star Lodge of North Anson, Euclid Lodge of Madison, and Somerset Lodge of Skowhegan.
Dana was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jean (Pinkham) Hall; his companion of many years, Dale Ruth (Duval) Redmond; and his parents, Malcolm and Mary Hall. Survivors include his daughters, Erin (Hall) Godfrey of Lewiston and Emily Hall Greeley of Waterville, and their respective husbands, David and Ben; his grandchildren, Gavin and Charlotte Godfrey of Lewiston; and his sisters, Dianne (Hall) Lamb of Pownal, VT, Joan (Hall) Dickey Mitchell of Bowdoinham, and Martha Hall of Solon. Dana also leaves behind a large Masonic brethren, many "trail family," and the entire town of Solon, which he dearly loved.
Funeral services will be held at the Solon Congregational Church on Thursday, December 28, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Nathan Richards officiating. A reception will follow at Keystone Masonic Lodge #80, 9 Falls Road, Solon. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made in Dana's memory to: the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, P.O. Box 283, Augusta, ME 04332 or Keystone Lodge #80, P.O. Box 71, Solon, ME 04979.
Published on  December 23, 2017