David J. Minctons, age 58 of Southwest Harbor, passed away at a Bangor Hospital on Aug. 29, 2018. David was born in Bar Harbor on June 27, 1960, to Ronald and Maryann (Carroll) Minctons. David grew up on Mount Desert Island, where he developed a lifelong passion for the wonders of nature. Henry David Thoreau is quoted as saying, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” David’s adventures, at sea and in the woods of Maine are the source for countless memories, amazing stories and a life of blessings and fulfillment.
David graduated from MDI High School in 1979 and shortly thereafter joined the family business at Walls Coal Co., where he worked for more than 25 years. Dave also took great pleasure in his second career as a commercial fisherman, where he fished for lobster, tuna, and halibut aboard the F/V Anna Marie and then in more recent years, the F/V Shag Eyed Shark. If the fruits of a man’s labor are family and friendships, his voyage was marked with infinite prosperity.
David had numerous hobbies and an exceptional skill set. As a young man, he established himself as an outstanding athlete and was particularly dominant on the basketball court. His athletic prowess made him a perennial men’s league lottery pick after high school and good luck to any man trying to wrestle a rebound away from the Big Man. Dave excelled at hunting, fly fishing, and tying flies. He showcased and honed these skills on numerous hunting and fishing trips to various destinations including but not limited to, Allagash Lake, Slide Bank Lodge and Three Rivers Lodge with his family and close friends. He was an extraordinary cook and could turn the bleakest of provisions into a gourmet lakeside meal. If it was someone else’s turn to cook at camp, David was inevitably available to offer advice and culinary instruction (whether requested or not). Above all else, David was a devoted family man and a cherished friend.
In 2003, David met his future wife, Carla B. Over the course of the next 15 years Dave and Carla embraced parenting, becoming grandparents, feeding friends, traveling and simply spending time with each other. When Carla landed the Shag Eyed Shark, she knew she’d found the one, and so the poem goes: “We’d toss him a drink and he’d tip a wink, as sociable as ye please, No kinder nor better mannered shark has ever swum the seas.”
David is survived by his wife and best friend, Carla Minctons, his mother Maryann Minctons, sister Beth Gott and husband, Tim, twin sister Becca Ross and husband, Mark, brother Wid Minctons, children and stepchildren Anna Carney and husband, David, Jacob Minctons, Jeremiah Minctons and girlfriend Tashia, Missy Leland and husband Dave, Sam Anderson, Cooper Bennett, and Simon Tainter, grandchildren Bronson David, Allie Mae, Miya Jane, Axle Ray and Ashton Lucas; as well as, extended family and friends too vast in number to list. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Minctons.
David was one of the founding members of an annual community gathering in Southwest Harbor known as the Pignic (also a charter member of the esteemed “Loser’s Club”). The idea for the Pignic was conceived at a family pig roast for David and twin sister Becca’s 21st birthday party. Pignic events ran annually for more than a decade and were attended by thousands of patrons.
A celebration of David’s life will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Coal Wharf (home of the Pignic) in Southwest Harbor.