Artie Clifford Eaton went home to dance at Jesus’ feet on September 22, 2013. He was born on July 21, 1921, to June (Collins) and Harry Frances Eaton in Hoquiam, Washington. He married Beatrice (Deugau) on December 23, 1939.
Artie is survived by his wife at their home in Napavine; two daughters, Nancy Shay and Bonita (spouse, Sandy) Palmer; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Clifford Eaton.
Artie served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific, and lost two ships out from under him. After an honorable discharge he came home to work in many industries, driving taxi in Aberdeen; working in the logging industry off and on at Alcoa in Vancouver in the 1950s; was a Deputy Sheriff for a time in the 1960s; became an accountant and taxman at the age of 40; and sold life insurance in the midst of all of that. The one thing that defined Artie above all was his love of the Lord. He began pastoring in 1963, becoming an ordained minister in 1971. He claimed to be a “Jack of All Trades, Master of None”.
None of these words truly describe who he was! He was the Patriarch of the family, the one everyone respected and looked to for answers.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Napavine Assembly of God Church. All are welcome.
Arrangements are in care of Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock, WA.