Don Warner, 65, of Northport, passed away Aug. 13, 2018, surrounded by family. Born Donald Everett Warner in Exeter, N.H., he was the second child of Everett and Barbara (Peterson) Warner.

Don spent much of his young adulthood in Breckenridge, Colo., where he owned and operated a snowplowing and property management business. He also worked as a project coordinator, installing the first traffic light in town! Don built a cabin on the Breckenridge mountain at 9,600 feet and was an avid telemark skier. It was on the mountain at a parade where he met his wife,Terra. They recently celebrated 34 years of marriage.

In the 1980s, the young couple vacationed to Maine, fell in love with Belfast and decided to start a family and open a new business. Don opened their successful Mexican restaurant, Dos Amigos, in Northport in 1989 and the couple welcomed their first child in 1990. Don worked as the business owner, manager, accountant, and famous margarita-making bartender for 25 years. His loving customers called him Don Pedro. He won numerous chili cook-offs and the People’s Choice Award at Sunday River for his margaritas.

Don spent his free time designing and building a house for his family in Northport. He was known for his unique angular designs that often required custom doors, staircases, and even ladders or climbing walls. His trademark was to use shaven trees as support beams, which were present at Dos Amigos and his home in Northport.

Don, a true entrepreneur, opened many more businesses over the years, including a catering company, and vacation rental companies in both Florida and Maine. Most recently, he opened Don Pedro's Kayak Shop on Route 1 in Northport. He wanted people to be on the water and enjoy life.

Don and his family spent winters at their island home in Florida, where he taught his children to water ski, hook a fish, and kayak and paddle board the waterways.

Don was truly a Renaissance man — he could do anything and everything, and he did!! He was an architect, designer, chef, realtor, builder, mechanic, furniture maker, painter, plumber and electrician. Don was also an environmentalist who loved the outdoors, the majestic mountains, and the oceans and lakes. He loved all water sports and was an avid swimmer, slalom water skier, jet skier and sailor. Don was also passionate about bicycling and participated in multiple 30-mile races across Florida and Maine. A European motorcycle enthusiast, Don enjoyed riding his bikes on the back roads of Maine. In fact, Don loved anything and everything with a motor!

On land, Don was a very accomplished builder, renovating and restoring properties. Don's legacy of building can be seen across the state of Maine, from Kittery to Belfast. in his many structures which include homes, barns, a shopping mall, bridges, playgrounds, giant chess boards, and his signature yellow slides protruding from playrooms. Don's designs were always unique, with most involving many geometric shapes. He had a terrific sense of design for both eye appeal and buy appeal.

Don was a loving, adventurous, calm and caring father to his daughters, Haley, Sierra, Savannah and Starr. He especially loved his new baby grandson, Camden Donald.

Don was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer in 2011 and went into remission two times. He simultaneously battled cancer and worked at all his businesses for the entirety of his cancer journey. He never stopped doing what he loved with those he loved. Don's courage and positive perspective toward this curveball was incredible. He inspired everyone he met and amazed his doctors, who commented that he was living in unchartered waters. His can-do attitude instilled a strong work ethic and spirit in his wife and daughters.

Don’s success in his cancer battle was due to God's will, countless MGH physicians, many prayer chains, alternative therapies, and Don's own endurance.

Don will be cherished and remembered by many. He would not want us to mourn his life, but rather to celebrate his new life with God. We can all honor Don's memory by living our own lives to the fullest. He would say often, “Put pride in your efforts, be proud of the results.”

Donald is survived by his wife, Terra Warner, of Northport. He leaves behind his four daughters, Haley and her husband Cody Neeley and their son Camden Donald of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sierra Warner of West Palm Beach, Fla., at USF, Savannah of Tampa, Fla., at USF, and Starr of Boca Raton, Fla., at FAU. He is also survived by his two siblings, Beverlee and her husband Peter Corriveau of Wilbraham, Mass., and Kurt and his wife Lisa Warner of Huntington, Mass. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

Don's funeral service is at Saturday Cove Community Church on Cove Road in Northport, on Sunday, Sept. 2, at noon.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Don’s name to the DLH Foundation’s Deana’s Wish Memorial Scholarship for college children affected by gastro-esophageal cancer, online at dlhfoundation.org.