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Gordon Eastman


1923 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Gordon Eastman Obituary
Gordon Eastman, 91, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Fort Worth. Service: Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Vigil: 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Known as Big Daddy Goo, Frank Gordon Eastman was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Fort Worth to the late Ben Joseph Eastman Sr. and Edna Staats Eastman. A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, he graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1941. He attended Texas Tech University for a year, after which he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. When he returned form the war, he continued his education by attending night classes at TCU. In 1947 he married Patsy, the love of his life, and from whom he was rarely apart. Gordon and Patsy did everything together, including lots of traveling to TCU away games. As TCU football season ticket holders, they only missed two home games since his return from World War II. They also attended Golden Gloves every year during their 67 years of marriage. The love between them has inspired many. Since childhood, Gordon loved the outdoors, sports, working on his father's land, gardening and raising farm animals. He would also work at his father's service station, and later he and Patsy would own and operate Gordon Eastman's Ridglea Service Station. He was very devoted to their beautiful 10-acre pecan orchard, always working hard to maintain it and could often be seen riding his tractor. He loved crossword puzzles and Johnny Carson. Gordon was a devoted member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, was a member of the Men's Club and was very active with St. Vincent de Paul Society. Big Daddy Goo was a man who had a great love for people, and was beloved by many, especially his family. He will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Gordon Eastman; and his sister, Mary Eastman Smelley. Survivors: Wife of 67 years, Patsy Eastman; daughters, Linda Taylor and Mary Jane Burk and her husband, Bill; granddaughter, Sara Snyder; grandson, James Gordon Garrison and wife, Lindsay; great-grandson, Graham Garrison; brother, Ben Eastman Jr. and wife, Betty; sister, Anna May Hodge and husband, Chuck; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 14, 2014
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