MILLINOCKET and SOUTH THOMASTON – Darrell Clinton Lehto, 57, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at Colonial Health Care, Lincoln, after a battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 12, 1950, in South Thomaston, the son of Victor and Marise (Gray) Lehto. Darrell was raised in South Thomaston and graduated from SAD 5 in 1968. He enrolled at University of Maine at Orono after high school as a civil engineer technician, and returned to University of Maine at Orono in 1970 and majored in accounting. He moved to Millinocket in 1973, and went to work for Great Northern Paper Co. in 1976, where he remained until the mill shut down in 2002. In 2003, he went back to college to complete his education in the field of surgical technology, graduating in 2005. Darrell enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and being out in nature and music. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Darrell leaves behind a very special friend and life partner, Cathy Brown; stepdaughter, Nora Kittrick and her husband, Tom; two grandchildren, Jaimyn Kittrick and Devin Kittrick; a very special aunt, Ethel Powell; and several cousins. He also leaves many friends and two special fellowship buddies, Albert Berube and Peter McCafferty of Millinocket. In addition to his parents, Darrell was predeceased by a daughter, Sarah K. Lehto, who died in 1993, as the result of a tragic accident. It was Darrell’s wish to offer a note of thanks to the Katahdin Area Support Group, the staff, doctors, and nurses at Millinocket Regional Hospital and the staff at Colonial Health Care. Friends are invited to visit with the family noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Waller officiating. Interment will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Darrell may be sent to the Sarah K. Lehto Scholarship Fund, care of Bangor Savings Bank, 96 Central St., Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence and support may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com