Neil R. Eastman

U.S. Navy Veteran, 64Neil R. Eastman, 64, of Warrenton, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004 in Pendleton.

Mr. Eastman was born May 25, 1939 in Woodruff, Utah, to Sam and Zoe Eastman. His mother survives, residing in Clarkston, Wash.

On Oct. 10, 1961, he married JoAnn Slater in Lewiston, Idaho. She survives, residing in Warrenton.

Mr. Eastman grew up in Evanston, Wyo., and joined the U.S. Navy in 1956. He earned the rank of senior chief petty officer, serving during the Vietnam, and aboard the USS Hancock, USS Maunakia and the USS Reeves. From there, he became staff at Fleet Training Group in Coronado, Calif. He retired in 1975. He then went to work for the civil service at Fleet Training Group as the boiler inspector for the West Coast.

In 1988, he made a career change. He and his wife moved to Gearhart and bought Bud's Campground. Seven years later, they retired and moved to Warrenton, where he caught up on his fishing, tinkering, woodcutting and traveling, family members say.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Debi and Bill Brinkerhoff of Warrenton; a daughter-in-law, Karen Eastman of Chula Vista, Calif.; three granddaughters, Amber Cowan and her husband, Mike, of Warrenton, and Christy and Nicole Eastman of Chula Vista, Calif.; a grandson, Will Brinkerhoff of Warrenton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Val Munoz of North Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jill and Rick Collins of McCall, Idaho; and four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Allen and Bill Eastman of Clarkston, Wash., Roy and Nadine Eastman of Belleville, Ill., and Keith and Mary Eastman of Carlin, Nev.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Brent and Ross Eastman; and a son, David Eastman.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Camp Rilea Chapel.

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