Donald Lee Easton, 93, slipped away peacefully from this life at his home in Millcreek, Utah on September 1, 2021.
Don was born September 7, 1927 in Kemmerer, Wyoming to Andrew A Easton and Lizzy Isabel Mills. Don enjoyed working at their family’s sporting goods store in Salt Lake City, Utah, reminding all that he was the youngest manager there!
After graduating from East High School, he joined the Navy and was chosen to serve as Assistant to the Chaplain for being “the cleanest-living boy on the ship.” While serving in WWII, he witnessed the atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll from aboard the USS Saidor.
He married Elizabeth “Betty” Huber on June 15, 1950 and the two were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on February 2, 1956. Don finished his education at Utah State University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Remembered for saying, “If there’s room in the heart, there’s room in the home,” Don loved having friends and family over, especially for family gatherings and summer pool parties. He loved movies, puzzles, and singing (not always the original melody). Wherever he went, he had a friendly wave for everyone he met. He loved children and served in his ward’s nursery for many years. He was proud to be known affectionately as “Uncle Don” by the nursery children and their parents, nephews, nieces, and their children.
He loved his children David (Chris) Easton, Julie (Rich) Gregersen, Mark (Sharon) Easton, Wendy (Todd) Parker, John (Lynn) Easton, Jeff (Liz) Easton, and Amy (Dan) Martinez. He also leaves behind 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren, who will all miss him very much.
Don is preceded in death by his wife Betty, son Mark, sisters JoAnn, Renee, and Carol, nephew Tim, and niece Sue. His death is a sweet release after a long goodbye.
A family graveside service will be held September 9, 2021.