Lafayette Claud “Doc” Eaton, Jr

Lafayette Claud “Doc” Eaton, Jr

Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Apr 2005 (aged 87)
Martinez, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 11086326 · View Source
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Lafayette Claud "Doc" Eaton Jr.

June 2, 1917 - April 24, 2005

Lafayette Claud "Doc" Eaton Jr., 87, of Vallejo, died on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at the Veterans Medical Facility in Martinez, Calif. Son of Lafayette Claud and Maud Pitchford Gupton Eaton, he was born June 2, 1917 in Henderson, N.C. During his early years he lived in S.c., and in 1937 he joined the U.S. Navy, where he had an illustrious military career. He served on the North Atlantic run to Murmansk, Russia; at Guadalcanal in the South Pacific; at Omaha Beach on D-Day in France; and finally at Okinawa in the North Pacific where he was critically wounded when kamikazes crashed into his ship, the USS Emmons. Following over two years hospitalization, he was granted special dispensation to remain on active duty, and he served 12 more years, stationed in Vallejo.

He later returned to college and had a second career working for the State of California. For many years he was Scoutmaster of Troop 32.

After retirement, he researched and wrote books on family genealogy. He also began painting and became a prolific artist.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lillian; sister Mary Cox of Mauldin, S.c.; sons, Lafayette Claud "Bud" of Santiago, Chile and Jim of Davis, Calif.; granddaughters, Heather of Santiago and Melanie of Yamhill, Oregon; great-grandchildren, Arleen and Guillermo; and great-great-grandson Jessy. Also, Kathy Krentz Eaton Kennedy, mother of his granddaughters.

No formal services will be held. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date. His ashes will be scattered at sea.

Published in the TimesHeraldOnline on 4/26/2005.

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  • Maintained by: B. B. Roberts
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