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Donald Richard “Doc” Carver, 76, of New Harbor, Maine, died July 8, 2012, while vacationing with family on Cape Hatteras, N.C.

He was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Frenchtown, N.J., to Horace and Mary (Flek) Carver.

He grew up in Frenchtown playing sports for numerous local baseball, football and basketball teams, including those at Frenchtown High School, where he graduated. He attended Ursinus College in State College, Pa. Although he was invited to try out for several professional sports teams, he had his sights on a career in medicine and attended Temple University, where he earned the nickname “Doc.”

Prior to finishing at Temple University, he met a beatiful lady named Bonnie Jean Marmula. They fell in love and were married. The U.S. military also called, and the newlyweds began traveling with the U.S. Navy. After graduating from the Navy’s officer candidate school, he became a Navy pilot flying everything from seaplanes to fighter jets during the Vietnam War. He later became a Navy meteorologist, serving on two deployments aboard the USS Intrepid during the Cold War. The military took him and his wife to numerous ports of call. They had three boys. Between assignments, he spent quality time taking the family camping and sightseeing across the nation. As military life slowed and a new career with the Federal Aviation Administration developed, he became more involved with family activities and the community. He became a basketball and football coach and a scout master for two different Boy Scout troops. He and his wife retired and spent several years helping the boys with their families. Once the grandkids were off to school and busy with activities, they built a little cottage on the coast in New Harbor, Maine. They made one last move within a stone’s throw from where they vacationed every year for 20 years. He joined the church choir, volunteered for many community events, hosted picnics and enjoyed the company of others. His wife died in early 2011 with him by her side. He later traveled overseas, reconnected with high school and college classmates and kept in touch with a huge collection of friends.

He is survived by his brother, Horace “Huck” Carver; sons, Donald Craig Carver, Neal Graham Carver and Joel Scott Carver of Baltimore; and grandchildren, Trevor and Zachary of Crofton and Austin “A.J.” and Madison of Fallston.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at New Harbor United Methodist Church, 8 Southside Rd. in New Harbor, Maine. A second service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. James’ Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road Lothian in Lothian.

Arrangements are beingprovided by Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta, Maine.