Wayne Orton Prime

October 29, 1950 - April 9, 2020

Service Date:

A memorial service will be held this summer at Springvale First Baptist Church followed by committal prayers and burial at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford.

Wayne Orton Prime, 69, of Alfred, Maine, passed away peacefully at home early on the morning of Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Wayne was born in Sanford, Maine on October 29, 1950 to Claude Orton and Nina Estes (Jones) Prime. He grew up in Sanford, Maine except for the brief time when his parents followed the Sanford Mills to North Carolina.  Wayne attended Sanford Schools and was a 1969 Sanford High School graduate.

Wayne spent a majority of his life working with his hands. In high school Wayne worked as a sales associate and mechanic for the Dug Out.  After high school he became a machine operator at American Cyanamid FKA Cyro.  He then became a laborer and heavy equipment machine operator for Milliard Construction Company.   A few years later he was given the opportunity to work as a mechanic and shop supervisor for Lavalley Lumber with his brother Gordon and childhood friend Freddy Lavigne.  Wayne spent the remainder of his working career as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for Lavigne Excavation while maintaining his own personal snow plowing business.

As a child and young adult Wayne lived an active life. He raced go-karts, rode dirt bikes or motorcycles and drove fast cars.  Wayne often shared stories of his many run-in’s with the law because of his heavy right foot while driving his prized Dodge Duster or his Oldsmobile 442 Convertible.

Wayne was always a people person and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had an infectious smile, unique laugh and was always quick to share a joke or story.  Early as a parent you could watch him playing ball with his kids for hours in the field despite having worked a nine-hour day.  Years later you would find him behind the plate as an umpire or in the dugout as a coach.  As a grandparent you could often find him reading stories or playing with his grandkids.  At any stage of his life you could find him on many afternoons or evenings helping a family member or friend fix a car.  As a husband he found love at first sight when he met his wife Sheryl (Sherry) of sixteen years on their blind date.

Wayne had many interests. He loved the outdoors and traveling.  He enjoyed camping, canoeing, hunting and ice fishing.  Wherever he travelled he preferred to drive.  He drove many trips to northern Maine, Canada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and Colorado.  Wayne rode many miles on his motorcycles sharing the experience with family members and his children.  One of his favorite destinations was to ride to Hampton Beach.  He loved racing.  He shared his love of racing with his family by taking his family to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  You would often see them there for Saturday Night Racing and Thursday Thunder.  Years later you would also find him cheering for his favorite NASCAR driver at NHMS.  He built and flew control lined airplanes.  Wayne enjoyed and shared his love of firearms with anyone that wanted to learn.  He spent many a Sunday afternoon skeet shooting with friends and family.  You could find him in his garage reloading shells so that he always had plenty of ammunition to do it all over again.  Wayne enjoyed watching movies.  A few of his favorites were The Gods Must Be Crazy, Pulp Fiction and A Christmas Story. He always loved to play cards.  He enjoyed scat, poker, bid whist, rummy and cribbage.  Wayne enjoyed history.  Wayne loved to cook and bake.  He prouded himself on cooking the perfect steak over an open flame.  He enjoyed preparing and cooking Men’s Breakfast for his church family.  He enjoyed attending potluck meals at church or the community center for Keywood Manor. Many Saturday nights you could find him attending a local bean supper. His apple pies were always a favorite and requested as a holiday dessert which he happily shared this past Thanksgiving.  Wayne loved ice cream and for many years would do nightly runs to the ice cream parlor with his family.  His favorite flavor was coffee but any flavor would do.  He was more than willing to help the kids ensure their ice cream would stay on their cones by having the first lick.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, several brother in-laws, a sister in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins and his beloved beagle mix named Sandy.

Surviving are his wife Sherry: his two children Jodie Sanborn and her husband Chuck Sanborn Jr of Sanford and Jason Prime and his companion Heather DuPuis of Sanford; two-step daughters Sara Clingan and her husband Bob of Bel Air, Maryland and Amy Fuentes and her husband Brandon of Denver, Colorado; a sister Linda Bastarache of Sanford; brothers Gordon Prime and his wife Shirley of Sanford, Raymond Prime of Ragley, Louisiana, and Lyndon (Dun) Prime and his wife Mary of Monroe, Louisiana; many nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four grand puppies and three grand kitties.

A memorial service will be held this summer at Springvale First Baptist Church in Springvale, Maine followed by a burial at Sanford Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford, Maine.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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