David R. Youland

January 23, 1938April 2, 2012

Lewiston - David R. Youland, 74, of Fish Street, Turner, died Monday, April 2, at St. Mary's Hospital, with his family by his side. Born in Lewiston, January 23, 1938, the son of John Russell and Mary "Louise" Rose Youland. He graduated from Leavitt Institute in 1956. After graduating, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Pearl on August 25, 1957. He worked for Raytheon and United Parcel Service prior to pursuing their dream of owning a sporting camp. They purchased The Bradford Camps on Munsungun Lake in Northern Maine. David became an accomplished commercial seaplane pilot. After 25 wonderful years they went on to retire for the second time, selling the sporting camps in 1996. David was a lifetime member of the NRA and also a member of the Nezinscot Masonic Lodge. Never idle, he kept busy with his hobbies, which included ham radio, hunting, flying, rebuilding planes and woodworking. He, Nancy, and family enjoyed spending as much time as possible at their camp on McPherson Pond in the North woods. He was happiest when at camp. David had a sense of adventure. He loved setting new goals and always accomplished them. One of the proudest of his accomplishments was earning his helicopter endorsement at age 70. He achieved excellence in everything he set his mind to. He instilled this in his children and grandchildren leaving behind a legacy of creativity, work ethic, and passion of living life to its fullest. His family was very important to him. David leaves behind his wife, Nancy of 54 years; his mother, Louise Youland of New Hampshire; two sons, Kurt and wife, Karen, of Turner, Kelvin and his wife Dawn, of Turner, and two daughters, Kimberly Chesley and her husband Robert of Auburn, and Karen Chase and her husband Wayne of Turner. David also leaves 11 grandchildren who he was so very proud of that his last words to them were "To Thine Own Self Be True"! They are: Gretchen Ward and her husband Abram of Bowdoin, David Chesley of Nashua, NH, Kyle and Kolby Youland of Turner, Briana and Brody Youland of Turner, Dylan, Emily, Abigail Chase of Turner, Amanda Paquette and husband Ian and Matthew Nash of Turner; two great grandchildren, Abram "AJ" and Bryce Ward of Bowdoin. A brother, Frank Youland; a sister Virginia Jones and husband Mike of New Hampshire, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, John Russell Youland and sister-in-law Beverly Youland. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mahesh Pandey and the nursing staff at St. Mary's Hospital for the care and compassion they showed to David and his family. Family and friends are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to David's life by visiting his guest book at

Funeral Notice-

Visitation Fortin Auburn Friday 2-4 & 6-8 PM. A celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday 1 PM at The Funeral Home. Committal will follow at Keene's Mills Cemetery. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.

“To Thine Own Self Be True”


  • Visitation Friday, April 6, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, April 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 7, 2012

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Mark Perry

October 23, 2012

Dave was a real man's man. Some of my best memories are of times spent at Munsungan. I will always remember Dave and Nancy's warm hospitality. I so much appreciated your friendship with my Mom and Dad. The Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make his face to shine upon you,and be gracious to you: the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,and give you peace. Mark

May 13, 2012

My son Chris and I spent a week every summer experiencing fond memories at the Bradford Camps. I will never forget their kindness to my son and the professionalism they demonstrated in everything they did. I remember their son who guided for us when he couldn't have been more than 14 or 15. Just like Mom and Dad a very nice man. I still remember a day at camp when Dave removed a tandem hook I had embedded in my thumb. He and Nancy had me laughing so hard i never felt it come out. I hope there is a hatch on for you Dave! Nancy you have our heartfelt condolences.
Jim Cooke

May 2, 2012

How lucky we are to have had such a wonderful, inspirational, giving and loving man in our lives. Miss you everyday Grandpa. Fly high & watch over us <3 xoxox Briana

April 22, 2012

Dear Nancy and Family, we just recenly heard that Dave passed away. I had many great times at Bradford Camps with Dave and Nancy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bruce & Ellie Doughty

Joel Dulberg

April 19, 2012

Dear Nancy. Although I had met you briefly and known David over the years via ham radio, I just wanted you to know how saddened I was to learn of his sudden passing. I will truly miss him and his many words of daily wisdom over the radio. My sincere sympathy to both you and the members of your family.

Sincerely yours,

April 12, 2012

Dear Nancy & Family, I am so sorry for your lost. I have known David for many years when he would always stop at my sporting goods business in Winthrop, what a wonderfull person.
D.L.Fleury's (David L.Fleury)

April 11, 2012

My Brother David was an exceptional person. What he did to install love for family, honesty, faith, self motivation, and the respect and support that he gave to everyone will be forever remembered. David, all I can say is:
May the road rise before ya, May the wind always be at your back, May the warm sun shine on your face and the soft rain fall on your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the Palm of his hand. I'll miss you so. Frank. Youland

April 10, 2012

Dear Nancy & Family,
We wanted you to know how much we will miss Dave and the incredible times we shared at Bradford and McPherson Pond. The 10 days a year over 20 + years that we were priveleged to spend with you, Nancy and Dave will live on in our hearts forever. God bless you and your family.

John and Joan Milano and
Joe "Jr" and Charlotte DiMarsico

Ken Youland

April 10, 2012

Nancy, Kim, Kurt, Kelvin, Karen & families:
I was so sorry to hear of your loss, and equally disappointed that I was unable to make the services. David was a big influence in my pursuit to become a guide and outfitter, and will always cherish the summer of '78 at the camps. I have missed you all and my condolences go out to you.

April 9, 2012

April 09,2012
What a fun and emotional guy! When we first met Dave, while organizing the MSCA, he was great fun and a joy to work with...
He and Nancy were the real prototype of the " hardworking sporting camp owners". Great role models !
We have missed the meetings; but treasure the memories.
Sincerely, Pete & Christina Norris