David W. Mahonen II, 38, was lost at sea Dec. 12, 2010, after becoming entangled in lobster line and being pulled overboard in home waters off Matinicus.

He was born Aug. 14, 1972, the only son of David and Lucille Mahonen. He grew up in the “Keag,” attending local elementary schools before graduating from Rockland High School in 1990.

He started his lobstering career as a young boy, learning the trade with his father. As a teenager, he hauled his traps by hand in the Keag River. After graduating from high school, he fished the Cobra and White Viking out of Spruce Head and a couple years later he built his dream machine, a 42-foot Dixon he named Foxy Lady. It has been said that he could catch more lobsters than anyone around … without a trap, a story his mom can verify: while they were fishing together Dave caught a lobster with just a fishing pole.

Dave enjoyed ice fishing and snowmobiling, especially the trips he took up north.

He was extremely generous, always willing to help anyone at any time. This was best put in a letter he received from the commander of Coast Guard Sector Northeast, which describes his life perfectly. Dave rescued a man and saved his life. The Coast Guard letter states, “Risking your own well-being and putting yourself in harm’s way in time of another person’s need is not easy. Not everyone can or chooses to act in the selfless and brave manner that you did. Your actions as a professional, responsible mariner and Good Samaritan are highly commendable and most noteworthy. On behalf of the United States Coast Guard, I extend my thanks for a job well done.”

Dave lived his life his way, he did things his way, he loved things his way… Those who knew and loved him understood this.

He is survived by his parents, David and Lucille Mahonen, of South Thomaston; a son, Dylen David; and a daughter, Sumir Ann Victoria Mahonen, of Rockland; his maternal grandmother, Verna Dyer, of Lincolnville; a sister, Charmen Spearing, and her husband, Josh;  two nephews, PJ and Zach; a niece, Rebecca, of Owls Head; his uncle, Paul Mahonen, and his partner, Florence, of South Thomaston; three aunts, Sharon Tyler, of Lewiston, Carol and her husband, Mike, of 700 Acre Island and Rosemary Dyer of Rockland; his “uncle,” Armas Mahonen of South Thomaston; the mother of his children, Lauri Davey, and her children, Morgan Davey and Andrew Mahonen, whom he helped raise and watched grow from early ages; along with many special cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Toiva and Katherine Mahonen; his maternal grandfather, Lloyd Dyer Sr.; an uncle, Lloyd Dyer Jr., who was also lost at sea; and an aunt, Sandra Frost.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Peoples United Methodist Church on Chapel Street in South Thomaston.