Thomas George Eastman

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Thomas George Eastman

Thomas George Eastman

Thomas George Eastman, beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, passed away early on October 15 surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Norwich, Connecticut on July 25th, 1936, the eldest of three children born to Helen Sudosky and Paul Eastman. At an early age, he moved to Belfry Montana with his mother, brother Paul Jr., and sister Joan (Joni). He graduated from Belfry High School in 1955 and joined the Air Force, where he was stationed in Japan and then in the states. 

At an early age, Tom worked with his mother at their restaurant in Belfry. When he grew older, he worked in Cooke City, Montana, as well as at various jobs in Billings before joining Burlington Northern Railroad as a switchman/conductor until his retirement in 1998.

Tom met Marilyn Garrison while stationed at Schilling Airforce Base in Salina, Kansas, where she worked as a nurse. They married in 1960 and resided in Billings until relocating to their current home in Laurel in 1972.

Tom loved the outdoors, especially hunting with his brother Paul and later with his daughter Sandy. Family camping and fishing trips were always a yearly planned event. When he was not able to get to the great outdoors as much as he used to, he was always reading about them or sitting on his bench outside dreaming about them. 

Dad loved the summer—especially all the fresh veggies and corn from their garden, Mom’s fresh “back-yard” chickens, and beef he used to raise. He was a great cook—a master of stew and goulash—and was always coming up with new and improved (and Hot!) recipes for the wonderful jerky he made in his trusty smoker. 

Tom was preceded in death by his mother Helen Holland, father Paul Eastman Sr., stepfather Jack Holland, and brother Paul Jr. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn; sister Joan; sons Tom, Jim, and Shawn; daughter Sandy Pisauro and husband Dave; daughter Terri Eastman and husband John Ashley; and grandsons Stephen and Michael Hatton, along with numerous nieces and nephews and his best friend, his German Shepard Max.

We will always miss you Dad, but we know you are finally getting that well-deserved and peaceful fishing trip with your Mom and brother. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Smith Laurel Chapel, 315 E. 3rd Street. Condolences for the family may be shared at 



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