David Bradford Eaton MD, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(C), FACS


David Bradford Eaton died at age 93 on June 4, surrounded by his family. He was a gentle, kind and compassionate soul who touched so many lives in his work as a surgeon, and in his retirement as an artist. He was the youngest of 5, all of whom became physicians. Dad was the last of his generation of Eatons.

David was born to Perry and Hettie (Ramsell) in 1929, grew up in India, and completed his medical training in Edinburgh, Scotland. His family spread to 3 continents and his friendships farther. He believed that family and friendships must be tended to and he stayed connected always.

In his final months he spoke of his life being filled with “Hellos and Goodbyes”. He loved his career and embraced his retirement. He admired and adored our mother, his Australian Beauty, and was a wonderful husband.

He often said he couldn’t imagine his life without his children. He was proud of each of us and made certain we knew we were loved. He delighted in his 9 grandchildren and they all adored him. We loved him with all our hearts. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; Children and spouses: David Bruce (Jennifer) Eaton, Rosalyn Jane Eaton, Peter Bradford (Jami Kritzeck) Eaton, Susan Louise (John) Dyke; and his grandchildren: Allison, Anna, Abigail, Peter, Charles, Thomas, William, Iris, and Marcella.

Although they moved to Northfield, MN to be nearer their family, Dad missed his home. Up until his final days, he would comment, “This is a beautiful view, but not as nice as the one in Worthington.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Galen Smith officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Donations in his honour may be sent to: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 230 Clary Street, Worthington, MN 56187.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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