Carl W. Demshar (1939-2022)

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Carl ‘Dutch’ Demshar

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Carl Wayne Demshar, best known as “Dutch”, passed away on November 8, 2022, at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta, after a brief illness. Dutch was born on March 5, 1939, in Washington, Pennsylvania. He attended the United States Naval Academy where he excelled on the lacrosse and football fields, winning three lacrosse national championships. After graduating from Annapolis in June of 1962 with a Bachelor in Science, he went on to proudly serve his country in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in September of 1968. During his time in the Navy, Dutch often flew into Brunswick Naval Air Station and made his way to Sugarloaf/Carrabassett Valley. “The Dutchman” fell in love with the area and it didn’t take long for him to make Carrabassett Valley his permanent home. It was where he found his true talent and passion in carpentry. After several years and many legendary festivities as a bachelor in the Valley, Dutch married his love, Joyce (Peters) Demshar, in a tiny Spring Farm A-frame, by long-time friend Norman Minksky, on a rainy August 1977 day.

Dutch had a strong background, at a young age, in building construction. His father sent him on his first solo flooring installation as a young teenager, before he was old enough to hold a driver’s license. He had quite a resume before even graduating high school. After his start as a carpenter in the Valley, it was not long before he started Carl W. Demshar Inc. and was contracted to build the first housing development on the Sugarloaf Mountain golf course –Village on the Green. Once completed, the sub-development was featured on the cover of Builder Magazine. From there, Dutch went on to complete all of the interior woodwork in the newly constructed Sugarloaf Mountain Grand Summit Hotel. After these larger jobs were finished, Dutch decided to scale his operation back to a small crew and focus on new home construction and renovation. His passion for quality craftsmanship was well known in the area. He completed some extraordinary projects in his time and considered himself lucky to have the wonderful craftsmen in the area to help him achieve success. If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting the Sugarloaf Mountain region, you have likely been in a home, hotel, hut, or building that Dutch had a part in constructing.

One of Dutch’s greatest accomplishments was his work to make the Carrabassett Valley community a better place. During his long residency, he served on the Board of Selectmen, Volunteer for the CV Fire Department, Western Mountains Foundation, Carrabassett Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors, Carrabassett Valley Recreation Committee, Budget Committee, Sugarloaf Golf Club Greens Committee, and the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust. Dutch always made time to volunteer in his community and his contributions were endless. He truly appreciated all of the wonderful friendships made along the way.

In his later years, Dutch made golf his new hobby and was often seen playing the fastest 9 holes of golf with his long-time friend, Clem Begin. He enjoyed volunteering at Sugarloaf Junior Golf tournaments and watching his grandchildren take part in golf lessons at area courses. Between golf and his small farm, he was able to enjoy the great outdoors. Dutch’s grandchildren, children, and MANY family friends fondly remember time spent with him during barn chores, feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, playing on the swing set, or just soaking up the sun while sitting on a bucket outside of the barn.

Dutch is survived by his wife, Joyce P. Demshar; his children, Brian Demshar (Erin), Brett Demshar (Erika), and Allison Turley (Paul); 5 grandchildren, Devan Demshar (11), Anna Demshar (10), Abby Demshar (10), Tyler Demshar (9), and Juliet Turley (2); sisters, Nancy Spangler of California, and Peggy Hitchings of South Carolina.

Dutch’s greatest ambition was to ensure area children had the best educational and recreational opportunities available. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local youth programs in his memory. Suggestions in the Carrabassett Valley area: Sugarloaf Ski Club, The Kingfield Pops, Cal Ripken League programming, or Outdoor Adventure Camp.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors and Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. I am heart sick to learn of his passing Dutch was such a good man and very talented .. my love to Joyce and his family ..💖❤️💖
    Laurel Dube

  2. Had pleasure of working with Mr. Demshars son, Brain. (Hemi) Good of a man as you want to meet. Brain, sorry for you and your family s lose. Danny Locke Gallion,Al

  3. Dutch, was a good person, widely liked by many.
    We worked with him on many projects.
    He will be sadly missed. My condolences, to Joyce and family.

  4. i hauled a lot of concrete to jobs Dutch was a part of…i will always fondly remember him as a man of wisdom and wit, and he truly cared abou t the people he associated with… RIP ol timer.. you will be missed…

  5. Joyce and Family,

    Sending our thought and prayers to you all. Dutch was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. The Dinsmore Family

  6. Dutch was a wonderful person and his contributions to making the Sugarloaf Region and this world a better place through his many efforts described above are unique, but also his personal touch and caring way with so many many people he encountered. My family included. The Pierce family sends our deepest sympathies to His wonderful family. His impact on our lives was sincere and always positive. So many great memories, we are grateful for. He was a great man and his legacy in every way…is profoundly special. Rest In Peace Old Friend.

  7. I knew Dutch in our younger days. He and Joyce were part of the beginning and growth of Sugarloaf. Wishing happy thoughts as think about days gone by and friendships that were forged and will last long after we are all gone. Rest in peace my friend. You earned it.

  8. Dutch had his own way and opinion about things and was one heck of a guy. He was one of the first people I met when I came to Town (which wasn’t). He gave so much to Carrabassett that all benefit from. My condolences to Joyce and the kids. I will think of him often. The Town will miss his steady hand. RIP old friend

  9. So glad I saw Dutch & Joyce at the Kingfield parade this summer, Dutch standing next to his beautiful old convertible. They were one of the first families in the valley. They made it a true community. Our love and condolences to Joyce and family.

  10. Had the opportunity to coach both of Dutch’s sons as Varsity Baseball Players. Every time I watch a baseball game I still hear Dutch saying ” Two Out Magic”. Great family and great memories.

  11. I had the good fortune to work with Dutch on a few of his projects, and for Brian & Erin later on. He was a good man and a very respected member of the community, who will be greatly missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him! Our heartfelt condolensces go out to Brian and family.

  12. I have known Dutch since 1974. A fabulous, friendly, and smart man- who later built our house. I have only compliments and appreciation for his and Joyce’s friendship & his wonderful family that they raised. He has given to his community for a long time.
    Thank you Dutch. May you rest in peace.

    My love to Joyce and your family,
    Betsy Bass

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