David Eastman Obituary, 66

QUECHEE — A celebration of life will be held on July 29 at 4 p.m. for David Eastman who left us on June 27 conveniently, right in the middle of hay season at his son Brent’s residence on Hillside Road. Bring a dish and your best memories of David to share. Drinks, of course, will be provided.
David’s lifelong love of farming was built on a foundation laid while growing up on the Quechee Fells Farm, where his family milked award-winning Jersey cows, raised laying hens, made maple syrup, and operated a large market garden. Farming was in his blood and so it comes as no surprise that David chose Animal Science as his major while studying at the University of Vermont. It was while David was still at school that his parents decided to sell the family farm — a choice made with the intent to spare the Eastman children a life filled with physical hardship. Though the family farm dissolved, Dave was still committed to make a go at farming and continued to operate a dairy herd and a haying business for most of his life, often while working a full-time job off the farm.
Most people in the area knew Dave well, a sort of town fixture and an anchor to years past when Quechee was still a farming community. Those who never got to know him missed out on his devilish grin and bohemian nature, a term his mother used to describe his free-spirit, non-conformist demeanor. David always maintained a plethora of friends but the four lights of his life were his children. As a father, David would often show a more serious side, always wanting the best for his kids. He considered them to be his greatest accomplishments and loved them tremendously.
David is survived by his siblings, Lois, Harold, Terri, John, and Cindy; his children, son Luke, daughter Caitlin and son-in-law Matteo, son Brent and daughter-in-law Kate, and son Gage; and by his precious grandchildren, Autumn and Charlie with whom he loved to laugh and share cookies.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Arlene Eastman; one nephew, Jimmy and one niece, Jenny.

This obituary will also appear in the July 13, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.


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  1. I have lost a great friend. I was a good friend of Dave’s many years ago when he was in high school and I also knew him well at UVM. We shared a love of farming, enjoyed going up to Thetford to watch the cattle auctions together and just chatting about A or B at school. You forgot to mention that Dave and his parents made great apple cider. As teenagers, Dave and I experimented at making hard cider. Too bad we didn’t think of the commercial possibilities, because we would have been way ahead of “Angry Orchard” hard cider you see on the shelves of stores today. And our product was better tasting, I can assure you. We could have been the Ben and Jerry’s of Hard Cider. You picked a fantastic photo that captures his humanity and the sense that this wonderful man had a rye sense of humor. Dave had a big, big heart. I enjoyed saying things that shocked him out of his insular environment. He was pretty conservative, but loved to see life through a different lens, which I was happy to provide. I am so happy that he had 4 children and 2 grandchildren, who he adored. He loved people and people loved Dave.

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