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Earl Thomas "Tom" Eason, 76, formerly of Bellingham, Washington, passed away on June 18, 2013, at his home in Sequim.
He was born May 19, 1937, to Earl L. and Marion E. (Flannigan) Eason. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1955.
In 1957, he joined the Army, where he was recruited into the foreign service. His career spanned 28 years.
While attending school for the foreign service, he married Diane V. Soine on December 10, 1960, in Warrenton, Virginia.
They lived in seven different countries as well as three tours in the United States.
He retired from the foreign service in 1988 and continued in the private sector, working for Lockheed Martin for five more years, after which they retired to Sequim.
He was an avid golfer, belonging to the Peninsula Golf Club. His other hobbies were gardening and crabbing.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane; and his three children, Julia (Michael) Fogarty of Roseville, California, Marlene (Roger) Mitchell of Culpeper, Virginia, and Robert (Erin) Eason of Roseville. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law Patrick and Mary Eason of Gig Harbor; two sisters-in-law, Anne Eason of Snohomish, Washington, and Mary Eason of Bellingham; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as grandnieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lawrence and Dennis Eason.
Donations may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 24, at 2 p.m. in Ferndale, Washington.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 21, 2013