Floyd Cecil Eaton, 93, of Anacortes, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013 surrounded by his children. He was born on December 22, 1919 in Detroit Michigan to Floyd and Lottie (Storring) Eaton.
Floyd was raised right next to the Ford Model T plant that had just started to grow strong and was the first Ford factory in Detroit.
He enjoyed the city life, where Floyd played kick the can, baseball and any other sport that a little boy could play while growing up in the city. He especially enjoyed ice hockey in the winter. The only mishap that consistently occurred involving Floyd, was his inability to squelch his adventurous free spirit. He would run away at the ages of 3 and 4 and it unnerved his parents so much that his father made a sort of ID pendant that went around his neck and remained there at all times. Whenever Floyd ran away, anyone who found him was able to return him to his rightful owners.
He enjoyed school and did well, yet at the end of every summer he dreaded going back to school in the fall. He always returned though and as much as he hated civics and economics, he flourished in math. As a teenager in high school Floyd attended a technical high school majoring in electricity. Floyd did well and graduated during the Great Depression in 1937.
It took almost a year after graduation before Floyd was able to secure an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering at Burroughs Corporation. He was grateful that his studying and patience had paid off. While working for Burroughs, the war was in effect and while other men were being drafted Floyd was deferred due to the context of his job. At the time, Floyd was a civilian working on a government project. It was his job to design equipment that assisted in the building of the Norden Bombsight. Not long after completion of this project Floyd's deferred status was changed to 1A. Rather than waiting or the military to tell him when to enlist Floyd decided to join the Navy in 1944. Attached to a ship that was based in New Guinea, Floyd mastered the rate of signalman. This job entailed working the communication between ships using lights and flags rather than radio. In 1946 Floyd's tour of duty ended. When asked him why he didn't stay in, he said, "The Navy was a million dollars' worth of experience, but I didn't have the desire to continue on". Floyd then returned to Burroughs to finish his apprenticeship.
It wasn't until 1950 that Floyd met Beatrice and in 1953 Floyd married the love of his life. Both Beatrice and Floyd were tired of Michigan winters and were itching to move to the sunshiny state of California, so right after their wedding Floyd headed west to secure work and find a home. It just so happened that when Bea made it to San Lorenzo, CA, Floyd's company happened to be looking for an accountant and Beatrice was offered the job. Again Floyd and his wife worked together until 1971 when Floyd decided to move to a different company that made punch card voting equipment. The same voting equipment that was responsible for the hanging chad's in the Florida election back in 2000.
Floyd and Beatrice, with their 3 kids loved California and they vacationed regularly to Yosemite, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. They enjoyed square dancing, a yearly trip to Hawaii, and listening to the big bands of that era. They also made frequent trips to Anacortes where Bea's sister lived and in 1985 Floyd and Beatrice decided, upon retirement, to move north to be closer to her and their son who also happened to live in Anacortes.
Having resided here in Anacortes now for over 20 years Floyd decided to move to Chandler's Square in August 2006 after Bea became ill and had to move her to Homeplace, in Oak Harbor. Sadly, Honey Bea passed away in March of 2013.
Floyd enjoyed reading, watching sports, (his favorite being baseball), and interacting with the other resident and staff at Chandler's Square. When asked why he chose Chandler's, he responded with, "It's the best place in the whole Skagit Valley".
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Yoko Arthurs of Hawaii and James and Judy Arthurs of Anacortes, WA; daughter, Lois Connolly-Jones of Anacortes, WA; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 15 great, great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Roul Eaton.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2013 at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. A private family graveside service will be held at Fernhill Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Floyd please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.