Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary


Charles Edward Eastwood III

16 enero , 195212 noviembre , 2020

Age 68, of Escondido, CA, passed away on Thursday, November 12th, 2020. A brilliant musician, father, grandfather, life of the party and friend to all. Ed was born in Ohio on January 16th, 1952.

Ed graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in 1970 and Purdue University in 1975; majoring in Industrial Management with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. A member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, where he met many of his lifelong friends. During this time, Ed fell in love with the guitar and harmonica. He was in several bands throughout his life. Most notably, Bandana (c. 1973-75), an Americana genre group that originated in Lafayette, IN. In 1977, Ed moved to San Diego, CA, and worked for Anthony Industries where he designed and implemented electrical, cable and wire assemblies. After several years in the workforce, Ed started his own business, EastElect, as an electrical engineer. In 1985, he welcomed his only daughter, Emily, which was one of his greatest achievements. He thrived as a father and later as a grandfather.

In his later years, he hosted open microphone nights at the Metaphor Cafe in Escondido, CA and the Packing House in Fallbrook, CA. Most recently, he had been playing with a local San Diego group, the Tone Junkies, and had been working on a solo recording project. Ed was a spiritual person and was involved in many church activities at First United Methodist Church of Escondido, CA, including playing guitar during services. He was a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects and went to great lengths to find a solution. Other hobbies included woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, and rock tumbling. He had a soft spot for all animals and throughout the years shared his home with many lucky rescue dogs and cats.

Preceded in death by parents, Charles Edward II and Lois; uncle, Don Wampler; aunts, Phyllis Wampler and Abbie Holp.

He is survived by his brother, Tom (Maritza); sister, Susan; daughter, Emily (Kevin Goodenough) Eastwood, PhD; granddaughter, Juniper Goodenough; nephew, Zack Patton; niece, Laura Patton; ex-wife, Ruth; uncle, Ron Holp; numerous cousins he loved like siblings; and girlfriend, Patti Smith-Martin, and her four children.

He will be deeply missed by friends, family, and all people, dogs, and cats who knew him. At this point in time, no services have been scheduled. We plan to schedule a celebration of life in Spring of 2021 to honor his dedication to music and everyone he loved most. Donations can be made in Eds’ honor to two suggested charities; Interfaith Community Services and United Methodist Committee on Relief. Ed volunteered electrical work during disaster relief efforts with UMCOR including a several week trip to Louisiana following hurricane Katrina.


Charles Edward Eastwood III

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Jamie Burnside

noviembre 24, 2020

What a lovely obituary written for Ed. Thank you for sharing those words. We send our deep condolences for your sadness and pray for your hearts to heal. We have very fond memories of Ed .
Fondly, Jamie (Burnside), Molly (Jager), and Thom Page

ed leiser

noviembre 24, 2020

Ed was a great guitar player, a funny guy, and , most importantly a caring and wise soul. You will be missed, my friend. See you on the other side.

Megan Herting

noviembre 24, 2020

It is clear Ed touched a lot of people’s lives. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. I am wishing peace to your family through the good memories you all had with him.


susan roudebush

noviembre 23, 2020

Ed was a remarkable, talented guy. I had a secret crush on him in college. When he played mandolin it sang! He was kind, generous, and so loved his daughter Emily. I know he will be deeply missed by those who shared his life in Escondido!
May the music live on with our memories.
Sending love to his survivors.

Emily Eastwood

noviembre 23, 2020

Emily Eastwood

noviembre 23, 2020

Keith Haman

noviembre 23, 2020

I met Ed at the Metaphor when I was in high school in the late '90s, trading leads with him on Blues Jam Wednesdays. I learned a lot from playing with him, and he was very encouraging when I started playing solo at the open mics there. He was always kind, funny, and a killer musician. I feel lucky to have met him at a pivotal point in my musical development. I hadn't seen Ed for many years but his influence is not forgotten. My condolences to his friends and family.
Keith Haman

Michael Krewitsky

noviembre 23, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of my good friend's passing. I have known Ed since Purdue days, when we lived at "Bandannaland" together and played in "Bandanna." He was a great musician, (he played well with others, in more ways than one!) The original Pirate Party took place at Bandannaland, and recurred many times in various forms in San Diego. He made a great pirate! But, more importantly, he was a great guy and I miss him.

Beth Wood

noviembre 23, 2020

I went to high school with Ed. He was the first boy I went out with. He was in many of my classes. I am so sad that he passed away. I have many fond memories of him.

Gina Shideler

noviembre 15, 2020

I wanted to let Emily and the rest of the Family to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this awful time. I was blessed to be so close to him during the years we were together. And so thankful to have his letters and so many of his recording projects to remember him with. Take care and always remember the good times! Love Gina