Our family is saddened to announce the passing of Steven LaVaine Eastman. He passed into the arms of Jesus on November 5th at his home after a long battle with heart failure. Steve was born to Bud and Maxine Eastman in Ogden, UT on Valentine’s Day in 1957. He was the middle of 3 children. He is survived by his mother Maxine, his sister Sheri, his brother Rob and 3 children Deanna, Jennie and Mike.
Anyone who knew Steve knew that he loved talking about his numerous adventures. Many of his early adventures were hunting and fishing trips with his family. Whether it was taking a float plane to a remote lake to go fishing with his father Bud or spending a week in a rustic hunting cabin in Wyoming, he loved it all. One of his favorite memories was a treasure hunting expedition with his family to Cocos Island. He also spent months sailing the Mexican coast in the 70s with his family on their 38-foot sailboat, Andante. His later adventures included riding quads at the dunes or cruising our many beautiful lakes on a ski boat. He traveled to Chile, Costa Rica and Argentina among other places. He also enjoyed dredging for gold in some of our local rivers. Some of his favorite things were performance cars, gathering around a barbecue, his time living on the family ranch and being with his grandchildren. His dreams were almost as big as his heart.
In 1977 he married Kathy, and they had 3 children, Deanna, Jennie and Mike. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, always working hard to provide for his family. He was a man of many talents and held many different occupations during his life. He was a butcher, a chef and managed several restaurants. He then worked for many years at Musician’s Friend before opening his own retail store, Big Boys Toys. He also ran a transporting business and worked at a large-scale mining operation. In the last year, Steve spent a lot of time helping his son Mike with renovations at his lodge and restaurant in the Applegate. He knew how to fix or work on just about everything.
Most important of all, Steve was a Christian. He loved the Lord, and he loved people. Steve will be remembered by his humor, amazing smile and a big heart. He was the type of guy that was always able to tell a joke, no matter the situation. His charming personality had a way with people. He was so generous and always willing to help. He loved his family and spending time with his 6 grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at Perl Funeral home on Friday. November 24th from
3:00 to 5:00pm.