STUEBEN – David Crockett Ayers, 76, died at his home on Nov. 13, 2013, with his beloved wife and daughter by his side after suffering from a long illness. He was born March 11, 1937, in New Jersey.
David was raised in Huntington and Centerport, Long Island, N.Y. He was a Boy Scout and belonged to the Order of the Arrow. He was also a Boy Scout camp counselor at Camp Baiting Hollow, Long Island. David was a Boy Scout Leader at the Barney Neighborhood House in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Huntington High School, class of 1955, Long Island, N.Y.
David served in the U.S. Army for three years in the Corps of Engineers stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He received his Associates Degree, in 1961, from SUNY, Farmingdale, Long Island, in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration. He received his Bachelors Degree, in 1964, from SUNY, Oswego, in Education. He received his Masters Degree, in 1991, at University of Wisconson, Stout, in Education.
David Ayers taught Industrial Arts and Psychology at Arlington, Va., for four years. He taught at Narraguagus High School for 38 years. Among the courses he taught were photography, wood shop, technical drawing and graphics.
He owned and operated Mainayr Campground in Steuben since 1959. He also operated Clearwater Ice Company for 20 years. He had belonged to the Steuben Fire Department, The Acadia Pipes and Drums, Northern Border Pipes and Drums, and Train Riders Northeast. He also helped to start the Narraguagus Nursery School in Cherryfield.
David Ayers is survived by his wife, Cathy, of 49 years; and his daughter, Christy of Steuben; his brother, Kenneth William Ayers of Lake Helen, Fla.; and his sisters, Arietta Louise Birge of Searsmont, and Diana Marion Ayers of Alna. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Jessie Pringle of Tucson, Ariz.; his niece, Adriene Caldwell and husband, Jeffery Caldwell, of Searsmont; and nephew, Christopher Crockett Birge and wife, Betsy Birge, of Palermo. He is also survived by his great-nephews, Tucker and Brice Caldwell.
David, as his namesake and ancestor, Davy Crockett, was an innovative and creative entrepreneur. He was an advocate for all people, the environment and animals. David believed that everyone should reach his or her potential, and in the power of education. He was a “strong man good and true.” His family likes to remember him for his dry sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Steuben Parish House, Steuben. He will be buried at Steuben Village Cemetery in the Ayers plot with his mother and father, Sara Crockett and Kenneth Raymond Ayers.
The Ayers Family would like to thank all the friends, neighbors, and co-workers that were so kind and supported us through this difficult time. We feel privileged to live in such a kind and caring community.
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to THE ARK Animal Shelter, 60 Barber Lane, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622, www.thearkpets.org; or you may contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. You may also make a contribution and see all about his love of trains at TrainRider/Northeast, www.trainridersne.org, 207-879-724.