AUBURN – Wendell Henry Nason, 84, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Hospice House in Auburn. He was born in Minot on Aug. 13, 1934, the son of Elroy H. and Nellie Hesketh Nason. He attended Minot schools and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1952.

On Oct. 10, 1975 he married the love of his life, Priscilla Livingstone Whitney.

Wendell worked on many notable construction projects of which he was very proud. He often talked about his work on the new Minot Consolidated School. Later on he worked with George Hemond Construction. One major project was the construction of the road up to the summit of Mount Battie in Camden. In addition, he worked on grading and preparing lots for new construction in Lewiston and Auburn, and many roads all over the state. He worked for Otto Wallingford at West Breeze Orchards, and when Lost Valley Ski Area was established, he left the orchard and became Mountain Manager at Lost Valley. That job included snow making, grooming the slopes and maintaining the buildings and equipment. Wendell would remain at Lost Valley for nearly 40 years. He was also a registered Maine Guide for many years, escorting well-known businessmen from all over the country on fishing expeditions in the Allagash. Upon his retirement, and after the death of his good friend Otto, Wendell and Priscilla moved to Taylor Pond to take care of the Wallingford Estate and Otto’s wife Peg. Always wanting and needing to keep busy, Wendell worked for Mike Hemond at the Hemond Motocross Track for several summers.

Having grown up on a farm, Wendell’s love and expertise of gardening was well known by all. He loved to have his children and grandchildren join him while planting, harvesting, and sharing the delicious produce. He loved feeding everybody. He was an amazing cook, who worked magic on leftovers. His Buppa Muffins and homemade biscuits are legendary. And let us not forget his famous pea soup! Wendell was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and oh, the chain saw stories we could tell!

Wendell will be dearly missed by one and all, including his wife of 43 years, Priscilla Nason; his son, Mark Nason and partner, Kathy Harlow, his daughter, Wendy Banks and husband, Lansing; Priscilla’s daughter, Vaughan Gagne, her son, Greg Whitney and fiancé, Sue Martin, her son, Dave Whitney and wife, Kathy, her son Brian Whitney and wife, Mary, and her daughter, Dawn Kenealy and husband, John; and their combined 21 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Woods; son-in-law Vaughn Gagne, daughter-in-law, Linda Whitney and son-in-law Pete Simpson.

Wendell’s final act of love was donating his body to UNE for medical students to study.

A Celebration of Life will be held for friends and family at Lost Valley Ski Area on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Donations in his memory can be made to

Central Maine

Adaptive Sports,

Lost Valley

Ski Resort,

200 Lost Valley Road,

Auburn, Maine 04210.

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