Millard D. Saban Jr., 86, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Maine General Medical Center-Thayer Campus in Waterville.

He was one of two children born to Millard “Dewey” Saban Sr. and Doris (Norton) Saban.

Millard was born and lived his entire life in the town of Palermo, with the exception of his two years of military service in the Army during World War II, when he was stationed in the Philippines. Following his military service, he returned home to Palermo to farm and also operated heavy equipment for a local contractor.

He later was hired by the state of Maine in the highway garage. Following his retirement from state service in 1984, Millard became an operator of the town grader, in addition to mowing Palermo’s and other towns’ roadsides.

Millard’s faithful service to the town of Palermo also included stints as selectman, road commissioner and animal control officer. He volunteered his service on the town’s budget committee and planning board and was one of the representatives on the Tri-County Waste Management Organization board.

Millard was also involved with other organizations, including being a member of Friends and Neighbors ATV Club in Palermo, president of the Sheepscot Lake Fish and Game Club, president of the Palermo Snowmobile Club, president of the Smith Cemetery Association, Master of the Branch Mills Grange and member of the American Legion, Malcolm Glidden Post 163 in Palermo. He was always ready to step up and lend a helping hand.

Millard was a staunch conservationist, as was demonstrated when he placed 100 acres of his land in the Farm Land Trust to always remain as farm land. In 2008 he was awarded the “Spirit of America” award by the Branch Mills Grange for his action.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Shirley Swift.

Millard is survived by his loving wife, Colleen (Robideau) Saban; a special nephew, Gordon Swift Sr., and his wife, Doris, of Palermo; a special great-nephew, Gordon Swift Jr., and his companion, Neysa Gray, of Palermo; and many other extended family members and friends.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home-Gray Chapel, 207 Windsor Neck Road, Windsor. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 15, at Palermo Christian Church, with the Rev. Ed Hatch officiating. Burial will follow at Smith Cemetery in Palermo.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Millard’s name may be made to: American Legion, Malcolm Glidden Post 163, P.O. Box 307, Palermo, ME 04354

Condolences may be expressed at lawrybrothers.com.