Donald's Story

SHERMAN - Donald M. Heath Sr., 76, passed away on May 30, 2016, in the comforts of his home and surrounded by family. He was born April 17, 1940, in Sherman, the son of Ruby K. and Colby J. Heath.

Donald was known as "Big Don" Heath to most and lived up to the name in size, strength and heart. Don farmed his entire life, continuing the traditions of generations before him on the Heath Family Homestead raising potatoes and managing a dairy farm. Some of his greatest joys were watching a new born calf come into the world or a potato push through the ground, blossom and grow. He served his community as Selectman, planned many community dinners and offered help in any way he could. Farming and community were always important to Don, but most important was his family and his beloved wife of 56 years, Doris (Blakely) Heath.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by a son, Robert A. Heath and his wife, Rosalie, of Sherman; a daughter, Lisa Heath Cole of Sherman; eight grandsons; two granddaughters; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Laura June and her husband, Larry Largay, of Brewer; an uncle, Leo King and his wife, Helen, of Sherman; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be remembered by many special friends, including life-long friend, Paul Gardiner and his wife, Sue, of Whittier, CA. He was predeceased by his parents; two sons, John C. Heath and Donald M. Heath Jr.; and a brother, Richard Heath. The family of Donald M. Heath gratefully thanks the staff of Lincoln Lakes Region Dialysis and the Visiting Nurses of Aroostook.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Sherman Cemetery with the Rev. Donnis Willigar Jr. officiating. A celebration of life will be held immediately after at the Washburn Memorial Church in Sherman. For an online memory book and to leave condolences, please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.
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