Eastman, Douglas C. “Doug”, Midland, Michigan


Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away Monday, January 16, 2012, at the age of 87 years. Doug was born March 16, 1924, in Lansing to the late Claude and Loma (Kinkade) Eastman. Doug lived his life with exuberance, bravery, and a never ending sense of humor. He was miserly with his own needs but generous to a fault with others, especially those in need. His magnetic personality touched everyone around him, friends and family alike. He truly never met a stranger. He loved playing pool, poker, and sports. He earned MVP for the 1941 Breckenridge District Champion football season, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was an avid golfer in his retirement, highlighted by golfing at St. Andrews in Scotland with is wife Betty. Doug fought in the U.S. Army during WWII and earned a bronze star. After the war ended he played baseball with the U.S. Army before returning home. He retired from General Motors where he worked as a millwright. Doug and Betty traveled throughout Europe and extensively throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty (Loomis) Eastman; children, Suzanne (Ken Winter) Eastman, Douglas Jon Eastman, Jane (John) Doan, and Cindy (Tim) Ward; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and his brother John (Phyllis) Eastman. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at W. L. Case & Company in Merrill. In lieu of flowers the family suggests you take a loved one out to lunch. www.casefuneralhome.com