Dewey Eastman, 79

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Dewey R. Eastman, 79, a resident of the Canyon Creek area of Mountain Home, died of cancer on Nov. 28, 2005, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise.

A memorial service was held at his brother Jim's house in Huntington Harbor, Calif., on Dec. 4. His body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered on one of the many ski slopes that he loved so very much.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cremation Society of Idaho.

Eastman had moved to Mountain Home when he retired from CSC, a computer programming company.

He was born in Castana, Iowa, on June 27, 1926, to Dewey M. and Ailene Edith Eastman.

He joined the Navy during WWII and served in the South Pacific.

After the war he followed his family to California where he worked as a lineman for one of the many telephone companies that existed at the time. He then got a job with the federal government at Norton AFB (now closed), in the Ground Equipment Installation Agency.

He joined the California National Guard, and was called to active duty during the Korean War. He trained in Georgia and was sent to Korea.

Dewey moved into the right-of-way department of the phone company, then, when computers were really new to businesses, moved into computer programming, where he worked until he retired.

Upon retirement in the early 1990s he moved to Mountain Home where he became a part of a coffee group at the Daylight Donut Shop, until it closed and the group moved to Stony's Desert Inn. As the "scribe" of his coffee group, he wrote numerous thoughtful and often humorous letters to the editor of the Mountain Home New as well as the Idaho Statesman in Boise.

Dewey is survived by: his older brother, Francis Niel, and younger brothers, James Warner, David Leigh and Wallace Myron, as well as his only sister, Mrs. Edna Ruth Junius. None of his family lives in Idaho.