‘SHOOTER’: Mis­chievous streak

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - LOCAL -

Eadie was mar­ried to his high school sweet­heart, Ash­ley, for 27 years and had six chil­dren. His old­est chil­dren, Cameron Eadie, 26, and Amanda LaPorta, 24, spoke pub­licly for the first time since the crash, and a let­ter from wife Ash­ley Eadie was read aloud.

Eadie be­came a grand­fa­ther three months ago when LaPorta gave birth to a daugh­ter, Ma­cyn, and sev­eral speak­ers said be­ing around her made him the hap­pi­est they had ever seen him. “She was the ap­ple of his eye,” LaPorta said.

“I am for­ever grate­ful that he set a stan­dard so high that if I only get to be half the par­ent that he was then I know I’m do­ing great,” LaPorta said.

Eadie doled out un­con­di­tional love to his chil­dren and stood by them no mat­ter what they were go­ing through, Cameron Eadie said.

They last spoke two weeks be­fore Eadie died, when Cameron made a late-night phone call home af­ter find­ing out a close friend, a for­mer Ma­rine, com­mit­ted sui­cide. Eadie con­soled his son as only a fa­ther could.

“He fully un­der­stood and re­as­sured me that if I knew he needed help I would have done some­thing about it,” Cameron said. “I will al­ways re­mem­ber the last time I spoke to my fa­ther as we ended the con­ver­sa­tion say­ing, ‘I love you.’”

Ash­ley Eadie wrote a let­ter to her hus­band that Christina Mundy read aloud. It de­scribed his sense of hu­mor and thought­ful­ness.

“I would have to be care­ful what I would say be­cause if I would make some off-handed com­ment about some­thing I liked, you would take that off-handed com­ment and run with it,” Ash­ley Eadie wrote.

There were sev­eral common themes among the speak­ers: Eadie had a mis­chievous streak and was no­to­ri­ous for clever pranks on his co-work­ers, friends and fam­ily.

He once put pizza in an of­fi­cer’s tent to at­tract a flock of chick­ens, played ice cream truck mu­sic on the com­puter so his chil­dren would run out­side think­ing they were go­ing to get a treat and once loaded a friend’s pack with un­nec­es­sary items that they had to lug around for an en­tire trip.

His loy­alty to friends made him a pop­u­lar mem­ber of the Dragon Lady com­mu­nity, and sev­eral spoke about his tire­less en­ergy when it came to helping with projects around the house, fir­ing up the smoker for gath­er­ings and sit­ting on his pa­tio for lengthy talks.

“He brought a fam­ily touch to our squadron,” Wurster said. “More than any­one, I think he helped us build a com­mu­nity.”

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Amanda LaPorta talks about her fa­ther, Lt. Col. Steve “Shooter” Eadie, dur­ing his memo­rial ser­vice on Thurs­day in Hangar I-8 on the flight line of Beale Air Force Base. He is flanked by her hus­band Trevor LaPorta, left, and brother Cameron Eadie. Lt. Col. Eadie died in a U-2 crash on Sept. 20 in the Sut­ter Buttes.

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