Darrell (Butch) Loren Tobin


Alna - Darrell (Butch) Loren Tobin, 76, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2019 at the Sussman House in Rockport, after a battle with Lewy body dementia. He was born August 4, 1942 in Masardis to Evelyn Tobin Coffin and Loren Carmel Tobin.
Butch met his wife of 51 years, Lorna Noble Tobin, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. They married on June 17, 1967 at the Church of Our Savior, an Episcopal Church in Plainville, Connecticut. He enjoyed attending services with his family at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Wiscasset.
Butch was proud to have been born in Aroostook County (The County), and was quick to share it with anyone new he met. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1960, where he enjoyed playing the drums in a school band. He achieved the highest rank in the Boys Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maine of Fort Kent in 1968, where he was a brother of Kappa Delta Phi. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts from the University of Southern Maine in 1974. He also attended Ricker College in Houlton and the University of Maine.
Butch served in the United States Army at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He enlisted in 1964 and later received his commission from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Maine Military Academy in 1968, and became a Military Police Officer. He volunteered to serve during the Vietnam War, but troop deployments ended in Southeast Asia. He rose to the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged. He deeply cherished our veterans and the United States Armed Forces.
Butch worked hard all of his life. He hauled logs for William Coty Logging in Ashland, and he operated a skidder at Pinkham Lumber in Portage Lake. He taught elementary and junior high school in Madawaska, the Allagash, Fort Kent, and Sanford. He was later a broker for ERA in Presque Isle. Butch was also a proud small business owner. He owned and operated a Mobil Oil business in Ashland, Maine named Transark Oil. For almost 30 years, he owned and operated Tobin Farms Velvet Antler which he started in Mapleton. He and his wife moved the business to Alna so they could be closer to their grandchildren.
Butch truly loved farming and raised all kinds of animals over the years such as-red deer, chickens, pigs, alpacas, emus, turkeys, ducks, peacocks, swans, and a special buffalo named Jennie. He was known to bring farm pigs and chicks in the house and could often be found sitting on a pail watching his animals. He also enjoyed helping his daughter Jill, raise and show 4-H baby beef. Butch loved his two dogs, Riley and Lucy.
Another passion in Butch's life was his love of music. He enjoyed listening and dancing to the oldies genre of Doo-Wop music, and often kept drumsticks nearby to play along with songs he loved. He always had to have a radio on in the house, garage, barn, and even in the chicken coup. The beat of the oldies gave him such happiness in life.
In addition to his wife, Lorna Noble Tobin, he is also survived by his daughter, Jill Tobin Cotta and husband Shanon Cotta of Alna, along with their three children he loved dearly, Owen, Ellie, and Keegan; his special sister, Barbara Tobin Wihlborg, her husband, Jim Wihlborg, and their daughter Rachel.
Butch is predeceased by his loving mother, Evelyn Tobin Coffin and father, Loren Carmel Tobin; a dear stepfather, Parker F. Coffin; his grandparents Sherman and Agnes York Lannigan; grandmother Mary Ann Noble Tobin; and his aunt Beryl and uncle Darrell.
Butch left an impression on everyone he met with his quick wit and conversation. Anyone who knew him, has a Butch Tobin story to tell. He loved his family dearly. He will especially be remembered by his three grandchildren who loved their dear Papa; his good friend, Mark Fox of Veazie; his wife's family in Plainville, Connecticut; and Ted Gagnon of Saco, who was like a son to him.
Butch's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Sussman House in Rockport for their care and compassion during his stay there. They would also like to thank his primary care physician, Dr. Michael Clark of Newcastle, whom he respected dearly for his devotion to giving Butch the best care possible.
A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 12 Hodge Street, Wiscasset.
Published on April 8, 2019
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Raymond Sherburne
Apr 10, 2019
My condolences to the Tobin family. I have many memories of Butch back in the late 80's and 90's in fact I am still using the pensotti oil furnace that we bought from him when he had Transark oil. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Eric Nadeau & Donna Nielsen
Apr 09, 2019
So sorry to read of Butch's passing. My deepest condolences to Lorna, Jill, Barbara and all of his family. Words seem so inadequate right now, but I hope you all can derive some degree of comfort in knowing his struggle is over and he left a legacy of love in his wake.
Like anyone who got to know Butch well, I have many memories of times we shared that will be with me, I hope, until my final days.He was surely "One of a kind," and rarely one to do anything half-heartedly and I can attest to that with a smile,to be sure. Butch will be missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have gotten to know him. Smooth sailing,old friend...see you on the other side.
Mike Aldrete
Apr 09, 2019
My condolences to Lorna and family. May the Spirit never die.
Karen Redman
Apr 08, 2019
Lorna,. Butch was very kind to my husband and I as a young couple in Mapleton. We always enjoyed visiting him on the farm and seeing the red deer. We will always remember his smile and his thoughtfulness.
Apr 08, 2019
Douglas and Donna Monfette
Mar 23, 2019
All family members

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Butch. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Doug and Donna Monfette
Paula Rioux Robertson
Mar 23, 2019
Dear Lorna and family,
I heard this sad news from Lynda Ognen! It’s been many years since we shared wonderful times while we attended UMFK, but those memories of Butch and you Lorna have not faded from my memory. May you all fine comfort in the special times you shared.
Curtis Family - Alan,Beth and Adam
Mar 22, 2019
We send our deepest condolences. We always enjoyed spending time at the farm and learning about the red velvet process. Our son Adam and our nephew Tyler worked for Butch. He was a great influence for them - and yes we have our Butch Tobin stories - very grateful for that!
Lois (Pangburn) Brewer
Mar 21, 2019
Thinking of you all with love ~
Len Worthley
Mar 20, 2019
Lorna and Jill. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I really didn’t know Butch that well but I do know 2 special members of his family. 2 people whom I am proud to know. Lorna who was and is a great friend special lady. And Jill, a young lady I was proud to have as a student..My thoughts are with you both and hopefully one day our paths will meet again. Please know I am thinking of you both.
Len Worthley
Mar 20, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. Hoping your memories will get you though this difficult time. Sadly I didn’t know Butch that well, but Lorna you were and are a very special friend. I feel so bad for you. And Jill I remember you well as one of my better students.. My thoughts are with you as well. May your memories help you get through this difficult time. Hopefully our paths will cross. Would love to see you guys again. Sooner than later.
Sharon DuBroc Sharadin
Mar 20, 2019
My condolences to you, Lorna and the rest of your lovely family. Butch was indeed one of the good guys. A kind and generous man. May he Rest In Peace.
Patricia Sutherland
Mar 20, 2019
Lorna, Bobby always enjoyed running into Butch and sharing some time and memories of Ashland together. My condolences..
Sylvia (Rhoades) Morrill
Mar 20, 2019
My condolences to the family. I knew Butch in high school and was friends with his sister Barbara. May Butch Rest in Eternal Peace.
Austin (Jerry) Ogden
Mar 19, 2019
Dear Lorna,
I am so sorry for your loss. Over the years , I lost touch with Butch but he has been in my thoughts. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Gordon & Ruthene Coty
Mar 19, 2019
Lorna, Jill, Barb & family, Wow so many memories to share from all the tuna fish sandwiches to the crazy pranks we played on one another. Butch drove me crazy teasing the kids (they called him the Tickle Monster). Although we lost touch the last few years, we talked of him often, we have so many good memories. Butch will be missed by many people/he touched so many lives. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Gordon & Ruthene Coty
Daniel Charest
Mar 19, 2019
Rest In Peace my fellow KDP brother.
Walt Christie
Mar 19, 2019
A one-of-a-kind guy. A good friend. I will miss him. Take care, Lorna. My best to Barb.
Walt Christie
Linda Orcutt Lawrence
Mar 19, 2019
So sorry. He was a happy memory
Beth Strong
Mar 19, 2019
What a wonderful tribute! You captured his essence so perfectly.
Paul baker
Mar 19, 2019
I’m so sorry for the loss of the love of your life. Darrell meant a lot to many of us. I know what it feels to lose a love one and we will all miss him dearly. All my sympathies to all.
Enola & Vern Boyce East Hampton, Ct.
Mar 19, 2019
All in Butch's family;
Sincere condolences to all of you. We were so saddened to hear on the passing of Butch. We always enjoyed those chats we shared from time to time. Butch knew that I also was a 50's and 60's music buff, so we'd try to stump one another on those classics from back in the day! Always in a good mood, Butch was a joy to be around. Many good-time stories were shared! Please know many have all of you in thought and prayer. He'll most certainly be missed by all who knew him. May God bless......
Curt Culberson
Mar 19, 2019
Lorna and Jill. My heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. I was saddened to read of Butch’s passing. You’re in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.
Don Young
Mar 18, 2019
Lorna, Jill, Barbara, and Family.
I sit here tonight deeply saddened. Old memories come rolling in. Butch and I were good friends from the first grade to graduation in 1960. Many stories. Our heartfelt sympathy to entire family.
Don and Gayle Young
Lillian Letourneau
Mar 18, 2019
Butch grew up next door to me. He and his family became very special to my family. It is with heavy heart that we say good by for now.My sympathy to Lorna, Jill &family; and Barbara and Jim and Rachel.I hope you all find peace in the memories he left you.