Memorial services for Eaton Friday
David T. Eaton, 29, of Eagle-Vail, formerly of Seabrook, N.H., died Saturday, March 30, in Vail. He was 29 years old.A friend, Eric Herm, called Eaton “a man of few words who believed in actions speaking louder than anything else in this world.”Born in Exeter, N.H., on August 8, 1972, Eaton attended Seabrook Schools, was a graduate of Winnacunnet High School with the class of 1990. He was working towards a teaching degree.David had been working in Vail the past six years as a children’s snowboard instructor at Lionshead, a teacher’s assistant at Berry Creek Middle School and a bus driver for the town of Avon. His hobbies included snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, ice climbing and kayaking.”He loved to compete and do anything active<not for competition’s sake but merely to challenge himself and try to kick life in the ass and seize the moment,” Herm said.Eaton was admired by many of the students and friends he taught to snowboard, rock and ice climb, and kayak. He had a great impact on the lives of many local youths through teaching for the Snowboard Outreach Society and the Special Olympics. He also touched those with whom he travelled.”He loved nature and sought the reverence and silence of the mystic and sanctuary it brought him,” Herm said. “Dave was always the one planning spur-of-the-moment road trips<and once you arrived he’d ask, “Is it alright if we take your car?'”Dave Eaton is survived by: his dog, Tucker; his father, Thomas H. Eaton; his wife, Gail, of Seabrook; his mother, Karen M. (Peterson) Eaton of North Hampton, Mass.; sisters Sandra C. Brown of Seabrook and Julie A. Clark of Hampstead, N.H.; step-sister Jenny Lynn Locke of Seabrook; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert C. Eaton, who died in 1996.Funeral services for Dave Eaton were held at the Rand Memorial Church in Seabrook on Friday.”We are very thankful for all the trips, the moments, the conversations we shared with “Big Wave’ while he was here,” Herm said.A memorial service will be held at the Eagle’s Nest outdoor chapel on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The gondola will be open for foot passengers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Downloading is recommended.Donations can be made “in memory of Dave Eaton” to S.O.S. and the Gore Range Natural Science School.
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