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Donald I. Sanborn

September 6, 1933 ~ July 20, 2017 (age 83)

Donald I. Sanborn, 83 of Kennebunkport passed away on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on September 6th, 1933 to Lorenzo and Gladys Elora (Whittemore) Sanborn in Windham, ME. He proudly served in the United States Army as a chef for four years.


On January 26th, 1957, he married Roberta White at Allen Ave Unitarian Church in Portland, ME.


He had left school after the tenth grade to work at Nissan’s Bakery to help support the family. He worked a few years as a farmer and then as a sardine fisherman. He was then a lobsterman for 32 years and for 30 of them he also owned Sanborn’s Lobster’s and Veggies. He was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, including gardening, hunting, camping, skiing, ice skating, fishing, and he loved to take his family to the Deerfield fair.

He loved his children and grandchildren very much, as well as his animals.

He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Leonard and Kenneth Sanborn; and 2 sisters, Judy Keenan and Marilyn Campbell.


Donald is survived by:

His loving wife of 60 years, Roberta Sanborn of Kennebunkport

3 Daughters: Leona Lynn Sanborn of Saco

Debra Elora Sanborn of Lebanon

Dawn Malina Francoeur and her husband Ronald Paul, Sr. of Kennebunkport

1 Brother: Richard Sanborn and his wife Cleo of Raymond

3 Grandsons: Ronald Paul Francoeur, Jr and his wife Cheyenne of Kennebunkport

                   Tyler Robert Francoeur of Kennebunkport

                   Donald M. Sanborn of Saco

Many nieces and nephews


A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at the Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Kennebunkport, ME 04046. Donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Church on the Cape. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St. Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit

Charitable donations may be made to:

Church on the Cape
3 Langsford Road, Cape porpoise ME 040469

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
July 27, 2017

10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Church on the Cape
3 langsford Road
Cape Porpoise, ME 04046

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