AUGUSTA – David William Dixon, 61, of Whitefield, passed away Friday, May 15, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta after complications involved with his heroic battle against pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Lewiston on Nov. 12, 1947, the son of Harry W. Dixon Jr. and Gertrude (Golder) Dixon. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1966, then graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.

David was extremely involved in many community organizations; he was selfless as is evidenced by his more than 30 years of active involvement with the Coopers Mills Volunteer Fire Dept., as a wearer of many hats; most recently, assistant chief. He was a leader of the local Boy Scout troop, a member of the Whitefield Fire Department Long Range Planning, Comprehensive Planning, and Town Building committees, and an active member of the Whitefield Lions Club.

He spent his professional life on a quest to better develop and understand many elements of environmental protection, focusing on air quality. He was a registered professional engineer since 1982 and worked for several environmental corporations including more than 18 years at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Over the years, he served on numerous advisory committees and professional societies and was a voice of informed input for local and state government.

David loved the outdoors and spent much of his free time going to the beach with Gwyn to commemorate having met at the beach, tending to his many flower and vegetable gardens, and golfing with many friends all over the state.

He was predeceased by his mother, Gertrude (Golder) Dixon.

He is survived by his father, Harry W. Dixon Jr., of Lewiston; his loving wife of 32 years, Gwyn; and two sons, Todd and his wife, Kylee, of Solon, and Justin and his girlfriend, Jessica Harrison, of Bozeman, Mont.; a sister, Carol Corson of Skowhegan; and a niece, Tabetha Kresge, and her husband, John, also of Skowhegan.

The family would like to thank the caring nurses of the Critical Care Unit at Maine General, and the doctors both at Maine General and those at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care who led the courageous fight against his cancer, giving him the chance to spend the end of his life peacefully, and with his family.

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