|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 2009|
From: The Barton Chronicle - May 13, 2009
Frank B. Easton Jr.
Frank B. Easton Jr., 93, a nearly lifelong resident of Vermont, died peacefully at his home in Corinth on Tuesday evening, April 21, 2009.
Mr. Easton was born April 8, 1916, in Laconia, New Hampshire, a son of Dr. Frank B. Easton and Della Donnocker, a schoolteacher. They soon moved to Craftsbury Common, where he attended Craftsbury Academy. He was an accomplished athlete in basketball and baseball throughout his years at Craftsbury Academy while making innumerable lasting friendships there.
He had a lifelong love of flying, beginning with the Civilian Pilot Training Program in St. Johnsbury in 1940 before joining the Marine Corps and becoming an instructor and fighter pilot during World War II. Before and after WWII, he ran airports in St. Johnsbury and White River Junction and in Keene, New Hampshire. After the war, he was a commercial pilot and instructor in Springfield.
He married Jane Fulton of Philadelphia, Mississippi, an Army nurse who served with the 1st Field Hospital to go ashore during the Normandy invasion. Her hospital followed the frontlines all the way through Europe to the fall and occupation of Germany. They had three children: Frank B. Easton III of Hampton, New Hampshire, Paula Stanard, and Nancy Townsend of Maui, Hawaii.
He subsequently married Ann Robinson Watson-Jones and added two more children, John Watson-Jones of Africa and Helen Heslop of Chelsea. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Brian and Daniel Watson-Jones, Agave and Justin Heslop, and Claire Townsend; by his sister Penelope Easton of Durham, North Carolina; by his brother Roger Easton of Canaan, New Hampshire; and by his special "adopted" daughter Pamela Gagne of Amherst, New Hampshire.
He was predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Ann; by his daughter Paula Stanard, formerly of Ascutney; by brothers Dan of Kenniwick, Washington, Nelson of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Charles of Nova Scotia.
He authored two books about his beloved Vermont, the first, As I Recall, written with his daughter Paula in 1997, and the second, Memories, written with the assistance of his sister Penelope Easton and cousin Ruth Donnocker, along with many friends, in 2003.
He loved the outdoors; he was an avid hunter and fisherman and an accomplished shooter with a fondness for old, classic Parker shotguns. For much of his life, he was a farmer who was frequently seen with a loyal German shepherd companion by his side.
Throughout his life, he found ways to give back to his community, whether as town moderator and selectman in West Springfield, New Hampshire, or starting a scholarship for young aviators at the Dean Memorial Airport in Haverhill, New Hampshire, to introduce young people to flying. This year, the scholarship will be renamed the Frank Easton Dean Memorial Aviation Scholarship at Airport Appreciation Day on June 6.
He took special pride in the state of Vermont and was forever coming up with ways to introduce people to unique experiences around the state, be it a Lipizzaner performance or trips up Smuggler's Notch, to the Old Stone House in Brownington, or to the fish jumping in Orleans. He could always be counted on to organize an adventure.
A memorial service will be held in the Corinth Town Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, before his remains will be returned for burial in his much-loved childhood hometown of Craftsbury Common. A memorial service will be held in the vestry of the Church on the Common at noon on Sunday, June 7.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Easton's memory may be made to the Frank Easton Dean Memorial Aviation Scholarship Fund, in care of the trustee of trust funds for the town of Haverhill, 2975 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, New Hampshire 03774. Questions about the scholarship fund can be addressed to Joel Godston at (603) 787-6771 or email@example.com.
Ann Mason Robinson Easton (1916 - 1999)*
Craftsbury Common Cemetery
Created by: Kurt Johnson
Record added: Feb 23, 2011
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