NEWPORT - David B. Purinton, Newport, Maine, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 29, 2016. David was born in Lewiston, Maine on July 30, 1934, the son of Francis K. and Vida B. Purinton. David attended New York Ranger School and the University of Maine Orono where he earned a degree in Forestry. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a medic in the Air Force. David worked for Georgia Pacific until he moved to Lee with his family to head the forestry program at Lee Academy. While at Lee Academy he coached the ski team and cross country, a sport he excelled at when he attended high school in New York. He went on to teach at Region III in Lincoln, Washington County Vocational Technical Institute in Calais and then worked as a forester for International Paper.
David was an avid golfer and, in his younger days, a fly fisherman. He will be remembered for his quick wit and wonderful smile. David was liked by all who met him.
David leaves behind his beloved companion Debbie Berce; his loving daughters Deborah Pingree of Etna, Cynthia Cain and her husband John of Hillsborough, NC, and Christine Mallett and her husband Andrew of Lee. He also leaves his grandchildren, Ashley Pingree, Amanda Pingree, Carrie Doane and her husband Kent, Isaac Mallett, and Samuel Mallett, and his special great-grandson Colby.
At David's request there will be no funeral services.