Automotive Memorial Donations Honor Local Mechanic, Decorated Veteran

January 31, 2022

NMCC automotive technology students and faculty pictured with new equipment made possible through memorial donations. Pictured from left to right: Isiah Bourgoin (Freshman), Jacob Smith (freshman), Kyle Sperrey (senior), Daniel Lister (freshman), and Instructor Robert Kaiser.

Presque Isle –  Donald B. Turner returned from World War II as a decorated veteran and spent the rest of his days supporting his growing family through his work as a mechanic in Aroostook County. After his passing this past September, Turner’s family requested donations be made in his name to the NMCC Foundation and designated to the NMCC automotive program. These donations were matched by the NMCC Foundation.

The donated funds allowed the automotive technology program to purchase a Power Brake Bleeder, required to bleed or purge the air from the braking system of vehicles that have antilock braking systems after repairs have been completed. Almost all vehicles manufactured today use antilock braking systems that require special repair procedures.

“We were very honored when the Turner Family selected the NMCC Foundation as a recipient of donations, in memory of their father,” said Dr. Dottie Martin, executive director of the NMCC Foundation. “Memorial donations have a way of growing in a manner that not only serves an immediate need, but also have a longer standing impact. In this instance, through the purchase of new equipment that will serve the automotive program for several years.”

Donations can be made to support specific programs or student scholarships through the NMCC Foundation, 33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle or by contacting Dottie Martin, Foundation Executive Director at 207-768-2806 or


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