On April 20, 2020, Gordon Eastman, loving husband, father of two, grandparent of five, and great-grandparent of six, went to join his heavenly Father. Gordon was accompanied in his last moments by his wife, Jan, his two daughters Becky and Ruth and their spouses.
Gordon was born on October 6, 1938 in Laurel, Mississippi to William and Rachel (Maddox) Eastman. After growing up with a military father and moving often, Gordon earned his master’s degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University in 1963. Prior to graduation, he married Jan Pulliam in 1962. Upon graduation, Gordon moved to Delaware to start a career with Hercules Inc. In 1964, Jan and Gordon gave birth to their first daughter, Becky. Amongst his work during this time, Gordon was regarded as a distinguished chemist while being granted several patents related to molecular chemistry. The family moved to Houston in 1969 when Gordon transferred to a division dedicated to water management chemicals, which would become his specialty. One year later in 1970, Gordon welcomed his second daughter, Ruth. He would eventually retire after 39 years in the chemical industry.
Gordon, known as “Gaga” to his grandchildren, was passionate about history, western movies, the Astros, and his Mississippi State bulldogs. His deep patriotism was apparent by his vast collection of bald eagle figurines and his proudly displayed American flag. Gordon also amassed a robust collection of vintage pellet rifles alongside his constantly growing firearm collection. He utilized eBay to search for vintage yo-yo’s, his favorite childhood toy – a collection that quickly grew to cover the walls of his office. He was quick to help when it was needed, and always answered the phone with an enthusiastic “This is Gordy!”. His loving spirit will be greatly missed by his friends, his fellow members of First Baptist Church Katy, and his family.
Gordon is preceded in death by his father, William, his mother, Rachel, and his brother, Larry. He is survived by his wife, Jan, his two children, Ruth and Becky, his brother Tony, his five grandchildren, and his six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Funeral services held under the direction of:
Schmidt Funeral Home
1344 W. Grand Parkway South ~ Katy, Texas 77494 ~ (281) 391-2424