David Laurence Eastman

Friday, July 07, 2017

Quechee, Vt. — David, 66, of Quechee, left us on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – conveniently, right in the middle of hay season.

David’s lifelong love of farming was built on a foundation laid while growing up on the Quechee Fells Farm, where his family milked award-winning Jersey cows, raised laying hens, made maple syrup, and operated a large market garden. Farming was in his blood and so it comes as no surprise that David chose Animal Science as his major while studying at the University of Vermont. It was while David was still at school that his parents decided to sell the family farm — a choice made with the intent to spare the Eastman children a life filled with physical hardship. Though the family farm dissolved, Dave was still committed to make a go at farming and continued to operate a dairy herd and a haying business for most of his life, often while working a full-time job off the farm.

Most people in the area knew Dave well, a sort of town fixture and an anchor to years past when Quechee was still a farming community. Those who never got to know him missed out on his devilish grin and bohemian nature, a term his mother used to describe his free-spirit, non-conformist demeanor. David always maintained a plethora of friends but the four lights of his life were his children. As a father, David would often show a more serious side, always wanting the best for his kids. He considered them to be his greatest accomplishments and loved them tremendously.

David is survived by his siblings, Lois, Harold, Terri, John, and Cindy; his children, son Luke, daughter Caitlin and son-in-law Matteo, son Brent and daughter-in-law Kate, and son Gage; and by his precious grandchildren, Autumn and Charlie with whom he loved to laugh and share cookies. He will join his parents, Harold and Arlene Eastman, his nephew, Jimmy, and niece, Jenny, who left before him.

A celebration of David’s life will be held on July 29, 2017 at his son Brent’s residence on Hillside Road at 4 p.m. Bring a dish and your best memories of David to share. Drinks, of course, will be provided.