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Dave Eavenson
62-year Manteca resident
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Dave Eavenson, 73, entered into rest on August 11, 2010 in Manteca, California. He was born on June 18, 1937 in Terrero, New Mexico to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence and Virginia Eavenson. Dave joins his parents in heaven as well as one sister Barbara Eavenson.

Mr. Eavenson is survived by his wife of 24 years Wanda Eavenson. His children are Cathy Horn and husband Doug of Manteca, Becky Hoogendoorn and husband Richard of Ripon, Scott Eavenson and wife Merisa of Manteca, Lorna Elness and husband Mark of Manteca, Kristi Bothelio and husband Joe of Manteca, Toni Oliveira and husband Stephen of Manteca, Patrick Mayer and wife Christie of Manteca, and Casie Gliege and husband Aaron of Manteca. He was blessed by 14 grandchildren; David and wife Jeanne, Justin and wife Amanda, Kelly and husband Tim, Zach, Ryan, Randy, Daniel, Cameron, Kelcie, Amanda, Joseph, Jack, Jace, and Madilynn. He has 7 great-grandchildren whom he adored Cody, Caroline, David, Tristan, Presley, Zoe, and Tatum. In addition Dave has 5 surviving siblings; Charles Eavenson of Ceres, Bill Eavenson, John Eavenson, Pat Eavenson, and Sue Rodgers all of Manteca.

A resident of Manteca for over 62 years; Dave’s life was full and rich, he had a diverse interest in the world around him and strove to live life to its fullest.

Growing up on the move with his parents, Dave learned to work hard with his own father.  After settling down in Manteca, he worked with his father, uncle and later his brothers to help build a successful business which became known as Eavenson Construction.

Dave worked hard and took great pride in his ability to fix almost anything with his guidance and support; he passed many of those qualities along to his children and grandchildren.

As an avid outdoorsman Dave enjoyed hobbies ranging from scuba diving in Fort Bragg to hunting wild game.  We were never short of outdoor experiences and traveled with him often on these excursions He was also an aviator and enjoyed flying many different types of small planes.  He gave the best roller-coaster rides ever!  His interest in planes led him to Piper Super Cubs, Cessnas, and even float planes, which enabled him to reach prime hunting and fishing places in Alaska.  Boating, water-skiing, and fishing helped to keep him busy every season of the year.

His family was always important to him.  He loved having his family out to the ranch for backyard BBQs, birthdays, and especially Christmas festivities...or just stop by for a cup of coffee.  Dave was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, and friend.  He will be missed by all of us and yet we will forever carry a piece of him in our hearts.

 Mr. Eavenson services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church 910 E. North St. Manteca, California. He will be laid to rest at Park View Cemetery. An online guest book / tribute will is available for special messages and condolences to the family at

Donations in memory of Dave can be sent to the American Cancer Society 207 East Alpine Avenue Stockton, CA 95204-3405 or Charity of Choice.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010