FORT FAIRFIELD – Dallas A. McCrea, 84, husband of the late Janet S. McCrea, passed away June 8, 2013, at Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Andover, New Brunswick, Canada, son of Bruce and Ruby (Wark) McCrea.
Dallas was a graduate of Fort Fairfield High School, class of 1947, and was married to Janet Simpson April 10, 1953. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was self-employed as a potato farmer for many years. Mr. McCrea had been an accomplished assistant ski coach at Fort Fairfield High School for 40 years and trained several state champion individuals and numerous state championship teams. Dallas was also instrumental in the final decision to build the Maine Winter Sports Center, Nordic Heritage Sport Club in Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield, which continues to host the world’s top biathletes from more than 30 countries for world-class biathlon championships. Dallas was the first community person to meet with world-renowned trail designer John Morton and Brian Hamel, chairman of the Maine Winter Sports Center, to provide a hiking tour of the location and explain his long history of skiing on the site with his high school skiers. Dallas had been a resident of Personal Enrichment Center, Presque Isle Nursing Home for three years. Although farming and skiing were two of Dallas’ passions, his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family and close friends.
In addition to his parents, Dallas, was predeceased by his wife, Janet, Oct. 10, 1995; and three brothers, Harold, Raymond and Thomas McCrea. He is survived by three sons, John McCrea and wife, Pat, of Fort Fairfield, Andrew McCrea and partner, Dave Near, of Chicago, and Bruce McCrea of Huntington Beach, Calif; daughter, Mary Anne Ayoob and husband, Dan, of Fort Fairfield; two brothers, Philip McCrea and wife, Gayle, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Ronald McCrea of Palm Springs, Calif.; sister, Marjorie Boyer and husband, the Rev. Jan Boyer, of Wyoming, R.I.; four grandchildren, Kim McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Kiersten Charest of Buxton, Doug Ayoob of Dover-Foxcroft, and Sadie Ayoob of Chicago; two great-granddaughters, Adelyn Charest of Buxton and DallasRae Dorsey of Fort Fairfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield. A celebration of life for Dallas with military honors will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the funeral home. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held after the service at Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in memory of Dallas to the Ski Team, Fort Fairfield Middle High School, 28 High School Drive, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742, or to Personal Enrichment Center’s Residents Fund of the Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing Center, 162 Academy St., Presque Isle, ME 04769, to be used for their activity program. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.