Former state legislator from Orono, Dana Devoe, dies at 79

Posted March 26, 2012, at 5:09 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Former state senator and longtime Orono resident Dana Devoe died on Saturday at age 79, after years of service at the state and local level.

Devoe, a Republican, served as a senator in the 109th and 110th Maine Legislatures and spent one term in the House. “He was known for his thoughtful, intelligent approach to the issues,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Monday in a press release.

Devoe, who was a lawyer, later became active in Orono politics and community development. He served on the Orono Town Council from 1993 to 1999 and was involved in the Orono Economic Development Corp.

“Dana Devoe was a pillar of his community, devoted to his family, church, and state,” Collins said.

In recent years, Devoe called for the study of a potential merger between Orono and Old Town high schools.

Devoe was among the leaders in the effort to build a new library in Orono and helped break ground for the new facility in 2008 as vice president of the Orono Public Library Foundation.

“In my 1994 campaign for Governor, I was so honored when Dana and his wife, Mary Ann, became early supporters, and their son Rob worked for me,” Collins said. “They all are in my heart and prayers.”