Oldest Coast Guard veteran laid to rest

COOS BAY, Ore. -- One of the community's most respected veterans was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon.

Larry Eastman served in the Coast Guard for twenty-seven years, retired here in Coos Bay, and passed away last Wednesday.

More than one-hundred people, including the Coast Guard, were at Ocean View Memorial Gardens to honor Larry Eastman.

It is an example of the abundance of love and respect the community had for him.

Eastman was not only the country's oldest Coast Guard veteran; he was a painter, a father, grandfather, husband, and a friend.

Brad Perkins considered Eastman his second father, and he tried his hardest to get Eastman national recognition.

"I told him about my dad passing away in '04 and a few days after that he says, you know, you can call me dad if you want," Perkins said.

Perkins took his friend into his home and cared for him up until his last day.

Eastman's daughter and granddaughter say Larry was sharp as a tack, even at one-hundred and two.

His paintings are hanging on walls and sitting on desks across the country. He is buried at Ocean View Memorial Gardens in Coos Bay.