SEBEC - Duane Richard Mallett, 76, passed away from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy on September 15, 2015, at the home he built on Sebec Lake. Born on October 22, 1938, in Milo, he was the son of Aubrey Mallett and Pauline (Towne) Mallett.
Duane graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1957. He attended the University of Maine and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1962. While there he was a member of Phi Eta Kappa. In 1961, he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary (Bearce) Mallett and they moved to Guilford, Connecticut where he worked at Southern New England Telephone Company in New Haven. In 1966, they moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts where he worked at General Electric for 4 years before returning to SNET and settling in Clinton, Connecticut with their 4 children. He was a member of Clinton Fire Department and was active in the Boy Scouts and Jaycees. In 1978, he returned to Dover-Foxcroft, where he worked for New England Telephone Company in Bangor as an Area Operations Manager, retiring in 1995. That year, he also earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Husson College. He was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta Society and tutored many of his classmates while there. During the course of his lifetime, he also took over 50 managerial, technological and business classes from numerous universities including The University of New Haven, The University of Michigan and from Bell Systems Training Centers in Massachusetts, Ohio, California, Illinois and Connecticut. After he retired from the phone company, he worked at Mountain Ltd. as a Contract Field Engineer and was a substitute teacher in D-F, Milo and Guilford. He also built a log cabin, several outbuildings and was always involved in one project or another. Prior to his illness, he traveled through the U.S, driving cross country and wintering in Las Vegas for a number of years and once worked as a ride attendant at Circus Circus.
Duane is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; son, Michael Mallett, his wife, Charla, and their son, Thomas; son, Wesley Mallett, his wife, Ana, and their children, Autumn and Summer; daughter, Melissa Mallett, her partner, Andrew Johnston, and their sons, E.J., Benjamin, and Charlie. He is also survived by grandson, Ethan Spelios, his girlfriend Danielle and their son Oliver; brothers; Aubrey Mallett and wife, Doreen, Karl Mallett, Neil Mallett and wife, Patsy, David Mallett and wife, Jayne; brother-in-law, Kenny Bearce; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by both of his parents; his son, Christopher Mallett; sisters-in-law, Donna Mallett and Glenna Bearce; and brother-in-law, Charlie Bearce.
The family would like to thank Pam Richardson and Jeanette Lane from CHCS Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to CurePSP at ww.psp.org or the charity of your choice. He fought his disease long and hard and hoped that a treatment or cure can be found to help others afflicted.
There will be a celebration of his life on October 18th at 1:30 p.m. at the Sebec 4 Corners Event Center. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Condolences and memories can be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.