John E. Whitten, 66

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PORTLAND — John Everett “Jack” Whitten, 66, died May 21 at Maine Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Portland on July 14, 1944, a son of James Foster Whitten and Arbyne Fairfield Whitten, he attended Scarborough schools and graduated from Scarborough High School.  

From 1962 to 1966 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a sheet metal mechanic.

Over the years he worked in plumbing and heating, as a heavy equipment mechanic and tractor trailer truck driver, and as a truck driver for the city of Portland.

He enjoyed hunting and stock car racing, and was a member of the American Legion of Westbrook and Amvets of Portland.

The family would like to thank Homehealth Visiting Nurses and the staff in SCU IV at Maine Medical Center for their exceptional care.

His older brothers, James Whitten and John Whitten, predeceased him.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Joan Whitten of Portland; two stepdaughters, Elaina Duquette and her husband Brian of Scarborough, and Shari Lyne McDonough of Portland; a son, Peter Whitten and his wife Wende of Buxton; five grandchildren, Ashley, Kristen and Matthew Duquette, all of Scarborough, Michael McDonough of Portland, and Timothy Whitten; a brother, Donald Whitten of Scarborough, with whom he was very close; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by Independent Death Care of Maine, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086, or to the American Heart Association, 11 Suzanne St., Lewiston, ME 04240.

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