Thayne Eastman, 87, passed peacefully on August 11th, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Thayne was born on August 8, 1929 in Exeter, Maine. He was the son of Avis Cloudman Eastman and Ora Eastman. As a young lad Thayne worked on the farm and learned to appreciate nature. He loved the birds and watching things grow. Thayne attended Exeter School and Corinna Academy. When Thayne was young, he was fascinated with bulldozers. He made up his mind that he would one day own one. He saved his money and finally his dream came true. He purchased a bulldozer and taught himself to operate it. It was the first of many and a lifelong career. He built many roads, bridges, farm ponds and worked for lumber companies in the northern part of the state. He was well known and respected for being honest and a hard worker. Thayne had many interests. He became interested in aviation and got his pilot's license. He was a member of the Pittsfield Pilot's Club. He enjoyed skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling and deer hunting among other things. He went to Newfoundland moose hunting several times. Thayne came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus and was baptized in 1995.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorinne (Sprague) Eastman, one son Jack Eastman and wife Erica Rudloff, two step-sons Richard Maguire and Robert Maguire, two grandsons, Jared Maguire and Ora Thayne Rudloff-Eastman, two granddaughters, Dakota Rudloff-Eastman and Aino Rudloff-Eastman, two brothers Dean Eastman and wife Sandra, and Galen Eastman and wife Jean. He was predeceased by his father, Ora Eastman and mother, Avis (Cloudman) Eastman, and by two brothers Dale and Wendell Eastman.
A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Exeter at 4 p.m. Sunday August 14th. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.ripostafh.com.