Donald K. Pendleton

Mar 19, 2020
Donald Pendleton

Islesboro — Donald King Pendleton, 85, passed away peacefully at his home March 10, 2020. Donnie’s long, full life was defined by his genuine interest in people, his love for the island and its community, and his boundless curiosity.

Donnie was an integral part of the Islesboro community and the Pendleton clan there. After graduating from Islesboro Central School, he went on to attend the University of Maine (class of 1952) and then The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his MBA. He then proudly served for two years in the Army Ordnance Corps.

After his service, he returned to Islesboro and became a driving force in its economic and business development. He began by working in the family general store, F.S. Pendleton & Co., helping to purchase and integrate another island market and then build a new general store and hardware business.

In 1961, Donnie became a licensed Realtor and started Islesboro Realty. So began his illustrious 59-year career in the industry. In 2009, he joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Camden as senior vice president, where he found great pleasure in the companionship of his fellow brokers.

Donnie was many things throughout his life — an Islesboro historian and geographer, a pilot, an entrepreneur, a Mason, a traveler, an early adopter of technology, a self-taught musician who played with the Charlie Pendleton Band, the captain of any boat he boarded, and a lifelong dog lover. Most especially, though, Donnie was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.

Donnie was predeceased by his mother, Evamay (Kelly) Pendleton, his father, Donald Edwin Pendleton, his sister Judith (Pendleton) Coffin and his brother-in-law Jack Coffin.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Head-Pendleton; his son Donald Roderick (Rod) Pendleton and daughter-in-law Denise Pendleton, his son Edwin Pyam (Ted) Pendleton and daughter-in-law Emily Pendleton; his stepdaughter, Amy Green; his stepson, Alex Head, and daughter-in-law Lari Bishop; and his grandchildren — William Pendleton, Harrison Pendleton, Isaac Pendleton, Pyam Pendleton, Marshall Green, Peter Green, Harper Head and Gideon Head (who all called him Grandpa Duck); his caregiver and dear friend, Earlene Gallant.

In consideration of current events, a celebration of his life will be held over the summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Islesboro Community Fund ( Memories and condolences may be shared at

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