Dan was born on May 20, 1935 to Dwight N. and Dorothy M. (Smith) Doolittle in Stamford, Connecticut. He attended
Darien High School until 1953 and graduated from Williston Academy, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1955. Dan attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He married Cynthia Crider in 1971 in Scarsdale, New York.
Dan worked at Pitney-Bowes as a service repair technician before being drafted into the United States Army. He spent two years stationed in France using skills he learned with the U. S. Army Signal Corps and worked installing and repairing phones at his base.
Dan was home for almost a year before being recalled into active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dan returned to Pitney-Bowes as a technical service writer. He became manager of technical publications and continued employment with the copier division. After 40 years, Dan retired from the company.
Dan loved Maine. After spending summers in western Maine as a child and owning a camp on Moose Pond in Denmark, Dan and Cynthia were drawn to retire here. Dan belonged to The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise and to Laudholm Farm in Wells. He was an avid wood turner and loved creating things out of wood. He was always fixing or building something. Dan loved his family around him and enjoyed his summers on the water in Maine, often kayaking with the loons.
Daniel is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cynthia Doolittle of Kennebunk; two daughters: Alyssa M. Doolittle of Newark, Vermont and Robin Illian and her husband Randy of Portland; six grandchildren: LunaMay Doolittle Waterman, Gordon Simpson Doolittle, Jack Simpson, Leonard Daniel Illian, Sequoia Shriver Illian and Francesca Sparrow; one sister, Donna E. Rajczewski of Darien; two nieces: Lee R. Richardson of Burlington, North Carolina and Dana Turton of Richmond, Virginia; and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held at The Church on the Cape on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 2 p.m.