Hugh Eaton Jr.

August 6, 1932August 5, 2012

Hugh Eaton of Palmer Lake, Colorado took his journey home just shy of his eightieth birthday from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. His family was by his side when he finished the race to God’s glory. He was born to Ruby and Hugh Mitchell Eaton, Sr., of Roanoke, Virginia on August 6th, 1932. During the Korean War, Hugh served for four years in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller. He earned a B.S. in accounting (with honors) from Virginia Tech and also completed graduate study at Harvard Business School, Duke Divinity School, and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

During his long, successful career, Hugh worked as a licensed CPA, taught accounting at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University, and served as a certified lay preacher in the Virginia United Methodist Conference. His twenty-nine-year career with Landmark Communications spanned accounting, human resources, and general management, culminating as the start-up General Manager for The Weather Channel in Atlanta.

Hugh was a respected man of faith and served as a board member for MOPS International of Denver, Union Mission in Norfolk, and the Colorado Cursillo Council. For eight years, he supported his community on the Lewis-Palmer District 38 School Board. Currently, Hugh was a board member and treasurer of FUVIRESE USA in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

In retirement, Hugh’s freelance writings were published in the Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, and The Roanoke Times, as well as Parents Life, Graybeard, and First Pres magazines. His last work was a historical fiction novel entitled Just Plein Heaven.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Diana (Dee Dee) Eaton, his sister Judy Eaton, his children Lee Ann Eaton, Mitch Eaton, Steve Eaton and his wife Carol, and grandchildren Conor and Charles Eaton. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Shirley Eaton-Chattin, and his son, Joshua William Eaton. He also leaves loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

Swan Law Funeral Home in Colorado Springs is handling the funeral arrangements. Following a private internment ceremony, memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 10th at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to First Presbyterian Church or National Jewish Hospital (checks payable to: Interstitial Lung Disease Program Research Fund, 1400 Jackson Street, F107, Denver, CO 80206 with In Memory of Hugh Eaton in the memo).


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 10, 2012

Hugh Eaton Jr.

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Ron & Barbara Reed

August 30, 2012

Hugh was a remarkable man who left his imprint here on earth in many, many ways. We remember him as grounded in calm, reason, intelligence, common sense, and unwavering faith and are so appreciative of his contributions to steering School District 38 to calm waters. The grace with which he handled the storms of life were an inspiration to us. We are saddened to hear of Hugh's passing, but rejoice that He is home with the Father at last, whole and well and reunited with loved ones. Blessings of peace and the comfort of the Lord to Dee Dee and family.


August 15, 2012

What a great man, great father to his children, and kind man to all he met. May his family have peace in knowing that he is with Josh and our Lord for eternity.

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

August 15, 2012

On behalf of the staff at the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation we offer our deepest condolences to the Eaton family. While this is a difficult time, please know that as a foundation we can offer support and information to your family as you move forward. We sincerely hope you will join the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in the fight to permanently eliminate this disease.

August 15, 2012

Dear Fran
So sorry to see that Hugh has left us. let us hear from you. Bill/Betty Wiley

Gail Szabo

August 12, 2012

Dear Eaton family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He will always be Mr.Eaton to me. He was the father of my best friend in high school and college. Lots of fond memories of a wonderful family. I remember how much he loved the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with the Eaton family.

August 11, 2012

Dear Eaton Family,
I join you in celebrating Hugh's entrance into the Lord's presence and look forward to seeing him again in eternity. May our Lord bless you all and give you an abundance of His sweet peace and comfort now and in the coming days. You are in my prayers.
In Christ's love,
Melissa Thatch, Ellicott City, Maryland

Holly Abbott Schickler

August 10, 2012

Hugh was a fine Christian Gentleman. The world needs more people like him.....our loss, Heaven's gain. My sincere condolences to DeeDee and family.
Judy's friend----

August 9, 2012

We are so sorry, Diana. Lynne and Larry James

Crystal C

August 9, 2012

To the family of Mr. Eaton, may God's word give you strength and comfort to cope during this difficult time. (Isaiah 12:2) My deepest condolences.

Mark Brewer

August 9, 2012

Hugh was a great person, mentor and friend. I will always carry his memory and spirit with me.