Dana Roland Marriner

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Augusta - Dana Roland Marriner, 71, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, after a brief illness, surrounded by his family.
Born on November 11, 1947, in Bangor, ME, Dana grew up in Camden, ME, which he fondly called his "home town". Dana loved Camden, always saying he never appreciated it enough until he left. Dana attended the University of Maine in Orono, School of Agriculture, to pursue a food service degree, but after a summer intern position with the Farmer's Home Administration, and graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree, he found his calling for close to 40 years with the US Department of Agriculture. He was a County Administrator in both Newport and Augusta, ME and was dedicated to helping families and farmers get the homes and resources they needed.
Dana entered the Army National Guard while still attending UMO, later transferred to the Air National Guard where he could serve as a medical duty officer, retiring in 2001 after 31 years of service and with many lasting friendships.
Dana loved the time he could spend with family and friends, loved birthdays, holidays and always celebrated in style. Dana made many friends in his journey through life, always had a ready smile and plenty of advice to share. His infectious laugh and ready ear will be remembered by many. He loved his adventures whether it was jumping out of airplanes or riding bumper cars with his grandchildren. He loved playing racquetball, tried playing golf and was always encouraging Kelly at her horse shows, Ryan at hockey and baseball games, and whatever sport his grandchildren were involved in, he could be heard in the stands.
Dana was predeceased by his father, Roland Marriner; his stepmother, Winifred Marriner; brother, Wayne Marriner; and stepfather, Clifton Russell.
Dana is survived by his mother, Helen Russell of Camden; his sister, Candice Crane (husband, Tobey) of Ketchum, ID; his sister, Cheryl Beveridge (husband, Stephen) of Camden; his brother, James Marriner of Florida; and his sister, Wendy Barie of Hope; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. They all have so many loving memories.
Dana will be truly missed by his children, daughter, Kelly Villacci (husband, Nick) of Gray, ME and son, Ryan Marriner (wife, Kate) of Augusta, ME. His grandchildren, Colby Tracy, Alexis Tracy, Kenzia Marriner, Kiarra Marriner, Gina Edmiston, and Nicky Villacci will miss his warm and welcoming smile, and of course, all of that grandfatherly advice! His great-grandchildren, Bruno, Braelyn, Penny, Ava, and Teddy, will keep his memory close, but miss the opportunity to really benefit from that advice.
Dana is also survived by his ex-wife, Virginia Marriner of Chelsea, who always remained his true friend.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Calumet Club, 334 West River Road, Augusta, ME. A graveside service and interment will be held in the summer at the mountain in Camden beside his brother and stepfather.
In lieu of flowers, Dana would appreciate donations to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta.
Condolences may be expressed at www.funeralalternatives.net.
Published on January 25, 2019
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Curt Beveridge
Jan 30, 2019
Dana and I were friends in High School and at the University of Maine. But it was at the tennis club in Augusta that our paths crossed again in the 90's. Dana always had time for you and was interested in catching up on how our families were doing. I lost touch with Dana these past few years and was saddened to hear of his passing. Condolences to him mother Helen, sisters Candice and Cheryl, and the rest of the family.
Mark Downing
Jan 28, 2019
Rest in peace Dana. I hope and pray to someday meet you again at the Maineiac's club in the sky. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. I will remember them always.
Bob Lane
Jan 28, 2019
I met Dana in 1983 when I joined the Augusta Jaycees. He was always involved in our projects and his high spirit was an inspiration. His sense of humor was unparalleled.

I was the one who trained and jump-mastered Dana on his first parachute jump. We had a lot of fun on that one.

Dana I'll miss seeing you about town and shooting the breeze. You touched a lot of lives. The world is lot smalle with you.

Rest in peace my friend.
HAROLD MILLS
Jan 27, 2019
A GREAT FRIEND HAVING MANY GOOD MEMORIES AT CONVENTIONS WITH FRIENDS BY HIS SIDE. HE WILL BE MISSED.
Linda Huntington
Jan 26, 2019
Sorry to hear of Dana’s passing he was such a kind gentleman. He always had a smile and made everyone happy to be around him. He will be sadly missed. Rest in pease my friend.
Jan 25, 2019