David Palmer Beall

LEEDS -- David Palmer Beall, 57, of Leeds died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009.

He was born March 7, 1951, in Washington, Mich., the son of Rachel Nagle Beall and Frank Forrest Beall.

Raised in Michigan, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974 with a degree in natural history interpretation. David had a natural curiosity and love of nature, mountains, hiking and the woods. In the early '70s, he spent a summer working in the huts for the Appalachian Mountain Club. It was there he honed his craft of bread baking. He was also an avid gardener, a lover of good live jazz, a great cook and a longtime coordinator of the Leeds Coffee Co-op. His Wednesday meditation group in Augusta was important to him, and he always enjoyed making good meals to share with friends.

David was a generous person, giving of himself and his skills to anyone who asked. He liked to be helpful and he gave without expecting anything in return, trusting that what you put out to the world in loving kindness would make its way back. David was the person you called when you needed your roof shoveled, your car jumped or pulled out of the ditch or to fix that door that just wouldn't close right.

David loved working with wood. He was a craftsman and a carpenter of the highest quality, and his work graces homes across the state of Maine. He held a special place in his heart for Highland Plantation and his self-built home. He was also involved in the renovation and preservation of the historic Livermore House in Livermore; and of the South Solon Meeting House, a historic 1842 meeting house filled with frescoes created by artists from the nearby Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

He is survived by two daughters, Elise Beall, of Nederland, Colo., and Jordan Simone Beall, of Atlanta, Ga.; their mother, Nan Beall, of Boulder, Colo.; a beloved grandson, Aiden Christopher Goeken; and loving partner Hildie J. Lipson, of Wayne. David also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Mary Beall, and nephews Benjamin, Matthew and Isaac, of Richards Landing, Ontario; several aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States, Canada and Europe; and a vast community of friends.

A memorial service celebrating David's life and work will be held at Leeds Community Church on Church Hill Road at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association at MOFGA, P.O. Box 170, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME 04988; or, in memory and honor of David, please help a neighbor in need, share a meal with someone, work in a friend's garden or perform loving acts of kindness.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton, Hewins and Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service. Condolences for the family may be left at the funeral home Web site, www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Central Maine on Feb. 17, 2009