David T. Mauldin, 64: Avid hunter, outdoorsman

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PORTLAND — David Thomas Mauldin, 64, of Yarmouth, died April 30 at Maine Medical Center.

On Dec. 30, 1945, he was born in Portland, a son of Thomas M. Mauldin and Theo (McMillan) Mauldin.

After graduating from local schools, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1965 and was based in Brunswick.

While in the Navy, he met and married his wife Karen (Garside) Mauldin of Augusta and moved to York after his discharge. He worked as a carpenter, and built his first home in York Harbor.

In 1976 he become a warden with the Maine Department of Marine Resources. During that time he became a certified scuba diver and earned his float-rated pilots license.

After he retired, he worked for L.L. Bean in the hunting, fishing department and was a Master Maine Guide.

In 1991 he receive a kidney transplant from an anonymous donor, which led him to adopt “Carpe Diem” as his motto.

An avid hunter who loved the outdoors, he was happy to rejoin his favorite moose, deer and turkey hunts after the transplant. He enjoyed motorcycling, clamming and spending time with family and friends.

The simple things in life made him happy, like watching old movies or helping his wife cook dinner.

He was predeceased by his mother, Theo M. Mauldin in 1996.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Karen G. Mauldin of Yarmouth; a son, Derek Thomas Mauldin of Ashland, Ore.; his father and step-mother, Thomas M. and Beverly Mauldin of Weare, N.H.; a very special uncle, Eric McMillan of Martinsburg, W.Va.; father-in-law William Garside of Augusta; brother-in-law and wife, William II “Rusty” and Janette Garside of St. Petersburg, Fla.;  nephew William III “Bo,” his wife Lori-Ann and great-niece, Selena Garside of Augusta; and many friends.

There will be a celebration of life gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

A private burial will be held at a later date. 

To view a video collage of his life or to express condolences online, please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com.

Memorial donations may be made to Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000.

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