DAVID A. LIBBY

MELBOURNE, FL - David Arlan Libby, formerly of Calais, died February 3, 2017, in Melbourne, FL, following a period of declining health. Born in Boston July 14, 1938, David was the son of the late Perley and Lillian (Dearborn) Libby of Calais. A graduate of Calais Memorial High School and an Eagle Scout, he earned a B.S. in forestry from the University of Maine in Orono and began a long career in natural resources by serving in Malaysia with the Peace Corps. 

He continued to work internationally developing a forestry taxonomy in Thailand, working on water projects for Save the Children in Somalia, and managing projects for the World Bank and the United Nations. Through travel, he gathered friends, artifacts, and stories from cultures around the globe; and his world view always focused on people with great need, unique ingenuity, and respect for others.

When he returned to Down East Maine, he worked for the state’s Land Use Regulation Commission and the area’s Resource Conservation and Development Commission. His home on Penniman Pond in Wesley became a repository for a vast collection of memorabilia and a sanctuary for his beloved tropical birds. After the home and all his belongings were destroyed by fire in May 2002, he found shelter for a short time in Wesley and later Dennysville. He created a memorial to Julio and his other birds at the home site, now property of the Chain Lakes Betterment Association. 

In one last grand adventure, he traveled by train across Canada and then by freighter to China before returning via Jamaica. David relocated to Florida in 2004.

David is survived by niece Judy L. Hanscom of Maine; nephews John G. Libby of New Hampshire, Lincoln Libby, Jr., of Washington, Dan Libby of California, and Lance Libby of Texas. He also leaves many cousins, friends, and colleagues near and far. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Galen and Lincoln Libby.

In David’s memory, please plant a tree, volunteer in your community, and seek understanding of other cultures. Burial will be alongside his parents at Nutter Cemetery in Corinna, Maine. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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