Obituary: Michael “Mike” Crotto Obituary 2024

## Michael “Mike” Crotto: A Life of Passion and Resilience

Early Life and Automotive Legacy

Michael “Mike” Crotto, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire native, embarked on his life on May 16, 1950. Growing up under the watchful eye of his grandfather, “Papa” Lawrence, Mike developed an unyielding passion for the automotive trade. After graduating from high school in 1968, he honed his mechanical skills by working in various workshops around the Seacoast area.

In 1981, Mike’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to open D&M Auto. Two years later, he expanded his business with D&M Mobil, which he and his wife operated successfully until 2009. Mike’s expertise and dedication to his craft earned him a reputation as a master mechanic, servicing everything from vehicles to lobster boats.

### A Seafaring Adventure in Jonesport

Mike and his wife Elizabeth “Bett” Daley’s shared dream of owning and racing a lobster boat led them to Jonesport, Maine. They purchased and lovingly restored the Liza Jane, participating in the renowned Annual Jonesport Lobster Boat Races. Mike’s competitive spirit and meticulous craftsmanship earned him several trophies in his class.

Beyond racing, Mike found joy in operating MDC Auto, his automotive repair shop. He became a versatile and accomplished mechanic, offering his expertise to the Jonesport community and the surrounding area. Mike’s lobster feeds were a highlight for family and friends, where he reveled in sharing his culinary creations.

### Family and Friendships

Throughout his life, Mike cherished the bonds he shared with his family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife Bett, his daughters Faye Grogan and Rebecca Crotto, his son Mike Daley-Crotto, stepdaughter Heather Madore, four sisters, nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mike’s infectious smile and unwavering support were a constant source of joy for those who knew him.

### A Heartfelt Farewell

On April 26, 2024, after a courageous battle with declining health, Mike passed away peacefully at his home in Waterville, Maine. His legacy of skilled craftsmanship, unwavering determination, and unwavering love will forever be etched in the hearts of his family and community.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, Maine, an organization dedicated to addressing food insecurity in the region.