Palermo, Maine-David Elwood Potter, 85, of Palermo, Maine, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Veteran’s Hospital at Togus. He was born in Conway, New Hampshire on January 18, 1927, the son of late John Philip Potter, Sr. and Lottie (Irish) Potter. He attended high school in Conway. Years later, he attended the University of Maine at Augusta and Farmington and received a Bachelors Degree in Social Services. On August 12, 1944, he entered the United States Navy and served with the SEABEES during World War Two. He was honorably discharged on May 24, 1946. Later, he re-enlisted on May 13, 1968, and served again with the SEABEES during the Vietnam Conflict. He was honorably discharged on April 25, 1969. He also served in the reserves for several years. In 1952, he married the former Evelyn M. Haskell. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for many years, and later was employed in social services. He was very artistic, and enjoyed painting, and building religious oriented lamps. He also enjoyed carpentry, and he built their family home. He loved old time music, especially the 1920’s and 1930’s era. He also loved trout fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He was predeceased by four brothers, Harry Potter, Richard L. Potter, Robert B. Potter, and John P. Potter, Jr. He is survived by his wife Evelyn Potter of Palermo, Maine; his son David T. Potter of Weeks Mills, Maine; his daughter Lorraine K. Rhoades and her husband Dean of South China, Maine; his sister Mary Jean Shorey of Augusta, Maine; grandchildren Shawn Potter of Augusta, Maine, Kevin Rhoades and his wife Jerry of South China, Maine, and Kelly Rhoades of South China, Maine; his niece Sandra Campbell and her husband Albert of Farmington, Maine; and a dear friend Joyce Parker of Jay, Maine. A military service will be held on Thursday, July 26, at 11a.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home-Gray Chapel, 207 Windsor Neck Road, Windsor, Maine. Following the ceremony, a gathering will follow at 18 Western Ridge Road, Palermo, Maine.