Rev. David K. Mills

Southwest Harbor

The Rev. David K. Mills, 90, went to be with his Lord on Feb. 9, 2021.

David was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Evanston, Ill., son of Ellsworth L. and Mary Roberts Mills.

He graduated from Williams College in 1952 and went on to the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. David met Audrey Sands in 1955 and they were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newton Centre, Mass., in 1956. He then served at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pontiac, Mich. David and Audrey moved with their children, Peter and Sarah, to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1959 where he became the rector of the Church of Our Savior. He served there for 13 years. David was a prominent civil rights leader during the 1960s in Cincinnati. He and members of the church marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma in 1965.

In 1972, the Lord told David to move to Maine and start the Mount Desert Oceanarium. For 46 years, David ministered through teaching about the creation.

David’s loving family includes his wife of 64 years, Audrey; brother Ellsworth L. Mills II; son, Peter, and wife, Desiree; daughter, Sarah, and late husband, Bob, his grandchildren: Danielle; husband, Luka, Susanne; husband, Stephen; Samuel; wife, Laura, great-grandchildren: Soren, Brayden, Harmony, Preston, Kaitlynn, Annabelle, Abram, Mary and Samuel David Jr.

A service will be held at a later date. Donations in David’s memory may be sent to Pacific Garden Mission, a Chicago-based organization supporting the homeless with Christ centered-care. Condolences may be expressed at

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