LEEDS – David Palmer Beall, 57, of Leeds, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 14.

He was born March 7, 1951, in Washington, Mich., the son of Rachel Nagle Beall and Frank Forrest Beall. Raised in Michigan, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974, with a degree in natural history interpretation.

He had a natural curiosity and love of nature, mountains, hiking and the woods. In the early 1970s, he spent a summer working in the huts for the AMC. It was there he honed his craft of bread baking. He was also an avid gardener, a lover of good live jazz, a great cook and a long time coordinator of the Leeds Coffee Co-op.

His Wednesday meditation group in Augusta was important to him and he always enjoyed making good meals to share with friends. He was a generous person, giving of himself and his skills to anyone who asked. He liked to be helpful and he gave without expecting anything in return, trusting that what you put out to the world in loving kindness would make its way back. He was the person you called when you needed your roof shoveled, your car jumped or pulled out of the ditch, or to fix that door that just wouldn’t close right.

He loved working with wood. He was a craftsman and a carpenter of the highest quality and his work graces homes across the state of Maine. He held a special place in his heart for Highland Plantation and his self-built home. He was also involved in the renovation and preservation of the historic Livermore House in Livermore and of the South Solon Meeting House, a historic 1842 meeting house filled with frescoes created by artists from the nearby Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

He is survived by two daughters, Elise Beall of Nederland, Colo., and Jordan Simone Beall of Atlanta, Ga.; their mother, Nan Beall of Boulder, Colo.; a beloved grandson, Aiden Christopher Goeken; and his loving partner, Hildie J. Lipson of Wayne; his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Mary Beall and nephews, Benjamin, Matthew and Isaac of Richards Landing, Ontario, Canada; several aunts, uncles and cousins in the U.S., Canada and Europe; and a vast community of friends.

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