Alfred W. "Al" Eastman

Jan. 20, 1936 - May 24, 2014 Alfred "Al" W. Eastman of Snohomish, Wash., passed away on May 24, 2014 at age 78. Al was born to Cora Eastman Kane on January 20, 1936 in Elmira, New York. As an infant he was adopted by his maternal grandfather Gilbert Eastman. Al grew up in Smithboro, NY, on a farm which for many years used horse power to do the work. At his fathers side he developed a strong work ethic and the value of honesty. As he was growing up he also worked on neighboring farms for room and board. His school years were spent in the Tioga Central School District where he found that industrial arts were the most interesting. He also found he loved roller skating. He ended up doing 28 different dances on skates. After the death of his father in the early 1950's Al left the farm and school. For a time he traveled with a circus doing whatever work they asked him to do. Later he found jobs exercising harness horses at the race tracks in New York State. In August 7, 1953 he joined the navy taking his roller skates with him. His active service time was aboard the USS Requisite AGS-18 a geodedic survey ship as a pipefitter. During their tour of duty in the Mediterranean he skated in roller rinks in many of the surrounding countries. At the time he left ship for the roller rinks he carried his skates in their case. His buddies on board watched for his return to the ship, hoping to see the skates tied together hanging from his neck because "Something else" was in the skate case. As part of the ships tour of duty along the north coast of Alaska part of his active duties were in building towers for the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line system. On January 7, 1957 he received an honorable discharge in Seattle, Wash. Right around this time he married Dixie Gray of Seattle. In his living in the Seattle area they had four children, Mark, Tari, Jerry and Dianna. Within days of his discharged he had a job delivering blueprints via motorcycle and joined the Teamsters Union, Local 38. One of these deliveries of blueprints involved delivering the plans personally to a supervisor at the top of the Space Needle during construction. Can you imagine riding to the top of the space needle in an open wire cage? In later years he delivered freight locally for West Coast Paper, Edmonds Auto Freight and Renton-Isaac freight. These jobs ranged from delivering freight south to Tacoma and north to the Canadian border in western Washington. He often made his vacation time from these jobs to work the Wheat harvest at the Poe Ranch in Heartline, Wash. Al soon tired of living in Seattle and farm life called to him. After searching many areas he settled on a farm across the Pilchuck River from Snohomish in 1962. While still driving freight trucks he at times raised raspberries, rented land to raise corn, and hay as cash crops. He raised cattle, swine, chicken etc… to feed his family and sell the extras. He also started working at Farmers Auction on Ave D in Snohomish on weekends. While listening to different auctioneers he started practicing on his own. Eventually he became an Auctioneer in his own right. During this time he became involved with the 4-H program, was the leader of the Lucky Leaves 4-H Group, serving at the 4-H Beef Barn supervisor, during the Evergreen State Fair, volunteer auctioneer for the 4-H/FFA Youth hoping to sell their beef, sheep, and swine stock at the annual fat stock show. He also found time to be Santa Claus for several different groups. As you can see he was a busy, active man. In 1973 he met Marylyn Hansen and they were married in 1976. With this marriage he gained two stepsons, Ed and Gary Hansen. We found that he had a boundless sense of humor. He loved playing tricks and jokes on people, especially on April Fools Day. He joined the Washington State Auctioneers Association, helped in their work towards a Washington State Auctioneers licensing law and served as a President of the state Auctioneers Association. In 2010 he was inducted into the Washington Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. In the Early 80's he started People's Auction on Maple in Snohomish, with Jes Browning as a Partner. Later he started Eastman Auctioneering at Frontier Village area near Lake Stevens on Vernon Rd. During his auctioneering career he sold a variety of items - registered horse sales, antiques and collectables, furniture, farm equipment, mustangs for the BLM and just plain boxes of miscellaneous. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marylyn; children, Mark (Linda), Tari, Jerry (Eleni) and Dianna; step-sons, Ed (Betsy), and Gary (Michelle) Hansen, seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, four step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. His Kane brothers, Paul of Billings, Mont.. Gilbert (Diane) of Candor, NY, Barna (Pattie) of Cary, NC; and sister, Helen Crawford of Newberg, NY. Al was preceded in death by his father/grandfather, Gilbert Eastman; and his mother, Cora Kane. The family would like to thank the staff at the Garden House of Emeritis of Monroe for the wonderful care they gave Al since February of 2013. Also thanks to members of Providence Hospice Care who provided additional comfort and care for Al since last October. Al was not only a busy hard working man, but found times for hunting, fishing, camping trips, and having good times with his family. He was a good, caring man that really liked people and was always willing to jump in to help friends and neighbors. He was well respected and will be missed by us and many others. Watch for a notice later this summer for a Celebration of Life get together. Hope to see all of you friends and neighbors at that time.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from June 7 to June 8, 2014