Charles M. Easter Jr., civil en­gi­neer, dies

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Charles M. Easter Jr., a re­tired civil en­gi­neer whose ca­reer at Rum­mel, Klep­per & Kahl con­sult­ing en­gi­neers spanned more than four decades, died Fri­day of a spinal in­fec­tion at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Tow­son. He was 70. The son of Charles M. Easter, who worked in advertising with The Bal­ti­more Sun for 43 years, and Doris Vir­ginia Crocker Easter, a home­maker, Charles Me­tivier Easter Jr. was born in Hyan­nis, Mass., and moved with his fam­ily to Loc­hearn.

“His ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Luch­lan Ma­cLean Crocker, was the sher­iff of Cape Cod and the Is­lands in the 1930s and 1940s,” wrote his daugh­ter, Julie C. Easter, of McLean, Va., in a bi­o­graph­i­cal pro­file of her fa­ther.

“He was also a di­rect de­scen­dant of Gen­eral William Te­cum­seh Sher­man, as well as Stephen Hop­kins and Fran­cis Cooke, both Mayflower pas­sen­gers,” she wrote.

He was a 1964 grad­u­ate of Wood­lawn High School, where he played soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and base­ball.

Mr. Easter at­tended Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity for a year and played soc­cer, then earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing in 1969 from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park.

In 1977, he re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in business from what is now Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity Mary­land.

He be­gan his ca­reer at RK&K while a col­lege in­tern and joined the firm in 1970. Dur­ing his years there, he worked on such projects as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Car­roll Creek Park in Fred­er­ick and the Washington Metro.

The for­mer Sparks res­i­dent re­tired in 2011.

Mr. Easter played de­fen­sive line for the Bal­ti­more Ea­gles, a semipro­fes­sional foot­ball team, for two sea­sons in 1969-1970. For years, he was catcher on the en­gi­neer­ing firm’s fast-pitch soft­ball team.

A res­i­dent of Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge in Ti­mo­nium, Mr. Easter was an avid sports fan who fol­lowed col­lege lacrosse as well as the Ori­oles and Ravens.

He also loved the wa­ter and stud­ied Cape Cod his­tory.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 10 a.m. Satur­day at the Ruck Tow­son Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In ad­di­tion to his daugh­ter, Mr. Easter is sur­vived by his mother, Doris Vir­ginia Crocker Easter of Marstons Mills, Mass.; a brother, Robert Sher­man Easter of Cam­bridge; two sis­ters, Janet McLean Green of Fred­er­ick­burg, Va., and Jacqueline Anne Easter of Marstons Mills; and two grand­daugh­ters. A son, John Charles Easter, died in 1998. A mar­riage ended in di­vorce.

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