Dexter - Donald "Donny" H. Morrill, 70, of Dexter, passed away September 30, 2019, after a short and intense battle with brain cancer. He was born February 20, 1949, to Edward R. and Arline E. (Champeon) Morrill.
He attended schools in Dexter and Dover. After taking two years off in 1964 to work and take care of the household after the death of his father, he graduated from Piscataquis Community High School, Class of 1970. Donny then attended Northern Maine Technical Vocational Institute in Presque Isle for Forestry. Having never obtained a driver's license or owned a car, he often hitchhiked to school.
Donny worked for a few years in local mills, namely the Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna. The majority of his employment was for the Town of Dexter, working 22 years on the Cemetery Maintenance team. He had many stories of grave digging complications, all done by hand, and being the last person to see loved ones during burials. He moonlighted doing residential property maintenance for many older residents. Utilizing his knowledge of cemetery grounds, Donny would often raise sunken grave stones for families to ensure proper presentation and longevity of these important markers. Throughout the 1980's, he was active in civic leadership as he championed the Jaycees while holding local chapter leadership roles, State President for two years and several years as fundraising chair for March of Dimes.
In his free time, he enjoyed collecting sports cards, scrapbooking local and family history, attending sporting events and, most importantly, being in the presence of family and friends. He was by his mother's side every day until her passing in 2008. He chaperoned almost every school and Boy Scout trip as his son grew up. He could always be seen walking "downtown" Dexter, regardless of weather. He enjoyed speaking to people (known to him or not) as he frequented local establishments. He made sure to tell family about the "wonderful" people that would give him a ride back home.
Donny was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by son, James Morrill and wife, Mary; grandson and "Grandpa's firecracker", Hadrian Morrill. He considered several friends as his family, including his "adopted son", Thomas McKinley, Jean Morrill and daughter, Shawna York, David Tenney, Katherine Fernandes, Sally Sawyer, Roland York, and Sylvia Childers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Donny's name be made to his treasured Sunday public lunch hosts: Our Lady of the Snows & St. Agnes Parishes, Attn: Tricia LaBree, P.O. Box 193, Dexter, ME 04930.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019, at 1 p.m., at the Dexter Regional High School cafeteria. All are welcome.
Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Messages and memories may be shared with the family at
Published on October 5, 2019


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Wanda Seymour
Oct 08, 2019
Jim and Mary,

My thoughts are with you today.
Nikol Nolton
Oct 07, 2019
James and family, my prayers for your family with your loss.
I knew Donny for many years ... he would always stop and chat, as we'd encounter each other in the store .. when ever I saw him walking I would stop and say hop in ... you'll be missed my friend.
Michelle Gudroe-Rankin
Oct 07, 2019
It was always so nice to see Donny when we would visit our late Grandfather Floyd Gudroe. They were friends for sure and lived in the same building up on the hill until my Grandfather passed. We didnt go to Dexter often but when we were in town we often saw Donny and would say hello if we were shopping the same stores. It was a great write-up detailing his life, so many things that so many people likely never knew about 'the man who always walks the streets'. God bless and RIP.
Ann Murray
Oct 06, 2019
Glen Race
Oct 06, 2019
I have many memories of encounters with Donny. He is going to be missed but not forgotten.
Gloria Jones Harriman
Oct 06, 2019
I only went to school with Donald for one year at PCHS. I will always remember him as such a gentle person. He will be missed very much.
Diana and kendall morrill
Oct 06, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Donny's passing everytime we would see him in dexter he would always stop ans chat with us he remembers kendalls father and family very well so sorry may donny rest in peace
Oct 06, 2019
U were always very friendly exellent conversationalist! Will miss u tons, rip donnie....
Vicki Dyer
Oct 06, 2019
Rest in his peace !
Kristy Mann
Oct 05, 2019
It was late winter when my mother and I gave you a ride home. Although a short drive, it was nice to chat with you. I know with certainty that your kindness and big heart live on in your son.

James much love from Nick and me.
Edith thereau
Oct 05, 2019
Will always remember our special talks whenever we would meet. God rest his soul.