CANTON – Donald A. “Do-Dah” Adams, 56, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Canton.

Born in Farmington on Dec. 5, 1952, he was a son of J. Wesley and Marie (Pratt) Adams. He was a graduate of Dixfield High School in 1971 and graduated in 1974 from CMVTI in Auburn for auto tech. He worked as an auto mechanic and ran DACATA Repair Specialists for many years.

He was very active with Travis’ sports career. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth League. He traveled extensively with Travis as a family for five years go-karting and winning multiple championships and winning hundreds of races.

For the past 10 years he served as Travis’ crew chief with his racing career at Oxford Plains Speedway with accomplishments of four championships, including three consecutive. Travis was the driver and Don was the magic behind the success of the team. Everyone in the pits knew him by his checkered-flag shorts and matching shoes.

Don was also the technical inspector for the Friday Night Go-Kart series at Oxford Plains Speedway. His enjoyment in life began with the birth of his two grandsons who called him “Do-Dah.” He never sat in a chair when the grandsons were in the room; he was always playing with them at their level on the floor. Upon the birth of his first grandson, he reserved the go-kart number to have it locked in for Austin’s future racing career.

He could always be found at the “drug store” (Canton Variety) for breakfast and lunch. He was inseparable from his dog, Chevy, and granddog, Chassis.

He was an avid NASCAR fan and will now be with his favorite NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt. He was also a longtime member of the Canton Planning Board.

He was married in Auburn to Constance “Connie” Violette, who survives, of Canton.

Other survivors include his son, Travis, and wife, Becky, of Canton; two grandsons, Austin and Brayden Adams of Canton; his father, J. Wesley Adams of Auburn; a brother, Kenneth Adams and his companion, Sara Therriault, of Lewiston; two sisters, Marianne Lashua and husband, Gary, of Danville, and Kay Doucette and husband, Russ, of Scarborough.

He was predeceased by his mother, Marie Adams.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

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