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Lifelong Eagle Valley resident, Michael Eaton, has died

Vail, CO Colorado

Michael Allen Eaton died peacefully in his sleep at home on March 22. He was 43.

Michael lived his entire life in the Eagle River Valley. He was a fifth generation (maternal) and fourth generation (paternal) resident of Eagle County. Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, John Clark, was a former Eagle County commissioner and undersheriff, killed in the line of duty in 1961.

His paternal great-grandparents, William and Nettie Eaton, and family ” including his grandfather, the late Denver (Dennie) C. Eaton ” originally settled in Beaver Creek in the early 1900s.

Michael, who was known as “Mike,” was born Jan. 30, 1965, in Glenwood Springs, to Herb and Arnetta (Clark) Eaton. He was a “true local,” and proud to say he lived his entire life in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

He attended Eagle Valley High School. Among one of his fondest memories was having been a part of John Ramunno’s wrestling program, and his qualification to the state tournament in 1983.

Mike truly enjoyed, and was most proud of, the many years he spent as an excavator throughout the Eagle Valley, working either for or with his dad. A disabling injury he sustained from a vehicle collision approximately 10 years ago made him unable to work in the construction field. He recently was optimistic about his current progress, and was looking forward to the possibility of being able to operate equipment again.

Michael was full of knowledge, and liked to converse about world history and the Native American culture. He was an absolute sports enthusiast. He cherished the time he spent supporting and following his beloved nephews, Tyler and Travis Eaton-Conway, and all of their teammates.

He will be fondly remembered as “Uncle Buck” for his colorful sideline participation, and for always having a cooler full of food and refreshments for the young athletes.

Additionally, his dedication and passion for the CU Buffs football program is legendary among local Nebraska and Oklahoma fans.

Michael was a dedicated, loving and extremely proud father to his daughter “CJ” ” Catherine (Catie) Eaton.

Mike was full of humor. He was always quick to flash his crooked smile during the best and worst of times. He would offer the last of all he had, and proudly displayed an enormous amount of love and admiration for the family he so cherished. He will be so sadly missed.

He leaves behind his two daughters, Catie, of Gypsum, and Kayla Mead (Jake); and his adored grandchildren, Trey, Taitlyn and Tripp, of Craig.

He also leaves behind his loving and supportive parents, Herb and Arnetta Eaton, of Eagle; sister and confidant, Tiffeny (Gerald) Eaton-Bruckner and children; nephews and best friends, Tyler and Travis Eaton-Conway; and treasured niece, Callie Marie Bruckner, all of Eagle. He also leaves many aunts, cousins and dear lifelong friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dennie and Lucille Eaton; maternal grandparents, Robert and Lillian Clark; and beloved cousin, David S. McIlveen.

Michael’s family would like for all those who knew and loved him to join them for a celebration of his life on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley, followed by a reception at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch.

Memorial contributions are being accepted at any branch of the American National Bank, c/o Michael Allen Eaton.


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