WAYNESVILLE — Steven Gale Eason, 63, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was the son of the late Arthur Gale Eason and Alma Lee Levins Eason. Steve graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in advertising and parks and recreation. He came into the family business, Sunburst Trout Farms, in 1975 in Jackson County, relocating to Haywood County in 1985. During those 39 years, Steve managed the hatching facility, established an inventory tracking process and created an H2O treatment system to manage impurities. Steve and his wife, Sally, along with their children and their spouses, ran the family business. He was fondly known as the “Trout Whisperer” by his children. For 15 years, he was immersed in AYSO Soccer, coaching and refereeing each year. He became head referee, ultimately passing on his knowledge to over 50 trainees. He would no doubt say that never missing any of his granddaughter’s soccer games was one of his favorite accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sally Jennings Eason; a daughter, Katie Eason Hughes, and her husband, Clay Martin Hughes; two sons, Wesley Gale Eason and Benjamin Clark Eason, and his wife, Anna Marrow Eason, and their children, Taylor, Mollie and Emory, all of Waynesville; two sisters, Lynn Eason Mullin, and her husband, Lawton Mullin, of Naples, Florida, and Brenda Eason Faunce, and her husband, Eric Alan Faunce, of Roswell, Georgia; and nieces and nephews, Jennifer Mullin Kasten and husband, Sanford Kasten, Colwell Mullin Ryan, and husband, John Brace Ryan, all of Chicago, Andrew Eason Mullin, of Delray Beach, Florida, Julia Christine Faunce and Evan Alden Faunce, also of Roswell, Georgia.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville with the Revs. Sanford L. Giles Jr. and Dr. Robert M. Blackburn Jr. officiating. A gathering of friends will follow at 353 Howell St. In honor of Steve's beloved Spartans, the family is requesting those attending to wear Michigan State green.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Haywood Community College Foundation Steve Eason Natural Resources Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to Haywood Community College Foundation and send to 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.
Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.