FRANKLIN—Irving “Irv” Leslie Dunton Jr., 82, of Georges Pond, Franklin, passed away peacefully Friday, March 13, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Irving was born in Bar Harbor to Irving Leslie Dunton and Dorothy Reed Dunton on Sept. 9, 1932. Irv served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War combat veteran. He liked to say he made several false career starts until he started working for the National Park Service in San Francisco as chief for the Division of Maintenance, Engineering, and Design for the Western region, which included parks from the Grand Canyon to Hawaii and Guam.
For over 30 years, Irv lived on the West Coast until his return to Maine upon retirement, where he spent the years overlooking Georges Pond and every morning at The Trading Post for breakfast. He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Mae Hatch, two sisters Clodine Farnsworth and Alberta Strout, and a brother Clifford Dunton. He is survived by Walter “Skip” Dunton, and many nieces and nephews. Irv will be extremely missed by his Shih Tzu, Bo-Bo and Puff, close friend Dicky Stanley, his brother Skip, and who he liked to call the brightest star around him, Elizabeth Davis. Irv had many friends too numerous to mention who will greatly miss him.
A brief graveside service will be held at the Franklin Cemetery, Saturday May 30, 2015, at noon, where his ashes will be buried alongside his wife, Carolyn. If anyone wants to donate in Irving’s memory, please donate to The Anah Temple Shrine for The Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.