M. Earl Knapp

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PORT ORANGE, Fla. – M. Earl Knapp, 81, a lifelong resident of Farmington, died of lung cancer at the Port Orange Hospice Care Center on April 8, with his family at his side.

He was born Sept. 14, 1924, the only son of Merton Earl and Ethel (Donahue) Knapp. While a student at Farmington High School, he excelled in athletics and served as class president for four years. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1942.

He served his country as an aviation metal smith with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After military service, he was associated with his father in the farm machinery, automobile garage and repair business.

On July 11, 1948, he married Ruth McMahon of Rockland.

In 1961, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service and was appointed postmaster of Temple in 1974, serving in that position until his retirement in 1990.

He was a former member of the York Rite Masonic bodies of Farmington and Kora Temple Shrine of Lewiston. He was past commander of Pilgrim Commandery of Farmington and was a former member of the Temple Historical Society. He was also a volunteer in the Farmington Fire Department and was a member of the Old South Congregational Church, Farmington.

For many years, he and his wife, Ruth, were dedicated volunteers at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, serving on the patient-support team.

He was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in his free time he worked at his forge, designing a variety of iron gifts.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Farmington; their daughter, Susan Taylor and her husband, Paul, of Farmington; two grandchildren, Erin Birmingham and her husband, Matthew, of Vacaville, Calif., and 1st Lt. Tyler Tracy and his wife, Andree, of Sanford, N.C.; two step-granddaughters, Kris Collins of Lincolnville and Tina Taylor of Medford, Mass.; a sister, Margaret Heath and her husband, Glenn, of Industry.

He was predeceased by a beloved daughter, Virginia “Gina” Knapp, in 1974.

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