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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 13:06:53 :

Independent Journal
Tuesday, October 16, 1962
Page 4

Herbert Easton, South Seas Adventurer, Dies At 82

Herbert Easton, who spent the last 5_ [smudge; looks like 50] of his 82 years in Marin as an accountant but earlier was a South Seas adventurer, died yesterday in a local hospital after a short illness.

He worked for many years as a public accountant in San Francisco and in recent years had continued to do some accounting work at his home at 58 Park Drive, San Anselmo, despite his advanced age.

In his youth, according to an unpublished book which Easton had written, he lived two years as a member of a cannibal tribe on the island of Malaita in the Solomons, after being marooned there when the British gunboat Swallow, on which he was a junior officer, left hurriedly to escape a hurricane.

Easton was born June 9, 1880, to a farming family in the village of Wellingborough, England. He went to sea as a youth, serving in the West Indies, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific. Shortly after his two years marooned on Malalita, he left the British Navy and served in the Chinese Imperial Maritime Custom Service. After that he operated a trading yacht among South Pacific islands.

He arrived in San Francisco just before the 1906 earthquake, studied accounting at LaSalle University in Chicago. For many years he was an accountant with the San Francisco engineering firm of Hunt, Mirk and Co.

He was a past president of the Marin Senior Assn. and a member of Golden Gate Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.

He is survived by two daughters and a son, Mrs. Mabel E. Presson of San Rafael, Mrs. Muriel Agnes Burke and Herbert Easton Jr. of San Francisco; two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Lilian Sunderland of San Mateo, Mrs. Mabel Denton of Burlingame, and Frederick Easton of England, and by two grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Harry M. Williams Mortuary, San Rafael.

A Death Notice in the same paper adds information: he was the husband of the late Delia V. Easton, and grandfather of Victoria Jean Presson of San Rafael. [No mention of a second grandchild.]

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