The Log Cabin Cafe's famous pie baker, David Gordon Maurer, 77, of Choteau and Dutton died Nov. 25, 2017, at a Great Falls care facility from the after effects of a stroke with his family by his side.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1940, in the old Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls to Francis and Mary Maurer of rural Dutton.
He was raised with five brothers on a farm east of Dutton. From 1946 to 1954, he received his schooling at the Maurer School District 6. Starting in the fall of 1954, until he graduated in 1958, he attended Dutton High School.
In 1959, David attended the University of Utah for a quarter. He returned to the family farm and worked for his father until 1966 when he and his brother Herman rented the farmland from his parents.
David farmed until 1985 and then ventured into raising exotic animals with his sister-in-law, Christine (Maurer) Hoyt, for the next 10 years. His adventures were not quite done. In 1995, he purchased the Log Cabin Cafe in Choteau and it remains in the family today.
David, known by many as "Uncle David," was a master of many different things. He was a meticulous wood crafter, gardener, carpenter, electrician and was most famously known for his pie baking at the Log Cabin Cafe. Pictures and articles about his pies can be found country wide.
He was an avid reader and loved spending time in his vegetable and flower gardens and teaching his crafts to anyone who was interested in learning. He shared his plentiful harvest from his garden, believing that nobody should ever go hungry as long as there was earth of grow food in.
David was preceded in death by his father on Feb. 23, 1976, his mother on April 3, 2010, his brother Dennis Maurer on Dec. 6, 2001, and his brother Jerry Maurer on Sept. 10, 2002.
David is survived by his brothers Herman Maurer of Paris, Texas, Larry Maurer of Brady and Wayne Maurer of Dutton. Other survivors include many nieces, a nephew, his special niece Gabrielle Rasmussen of Choteau and her son, David's "Little Buddy" Shamus McNeil, also of Choteau.
A celebration of life is planned at the American Legion Hall in Dutton on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served following the celebration.
Memorials are suggested to the Teton County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 534, Choteau, MT 59422.
Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com