Gerald J. Easton

Gerald (Jerry) Easton died on Coronado on Feb. 2, 2020.

He was born April 26, 1931 in Long Beach, California, and was the only child of Aaron and Sarah Easton. He attended Polytechnic High School in Long Beach. He graduated from Long Beach City College in 1951 and Los Angeles College of Optometry (LACO) in 1954.

Jerry married Roselyn Marie (Rowland) Easton in 1956 and they settled in Coronado where he established his optometric practice.

He served in numerous positions in his professional field, including president of the San Diego Optometric Association (1960-1961), president of the California Optometric Association (1974-1975), and as president of the American Optometric Association in 1985.

As president of the California Optometric Public Vision League, he presented a visual perceptual program to the Coronado School District which was implemented and titled the “Coronado Project.” It was funded by the Department of Education and provided special therapy training to students identified as having vision defects, such as dyslexia.

His participation in various community organizations included: president of the Crown Club; president of the Coronado School Board (1968-69); president of Coronado Rotary (1978); Rotarian of the Year (1992); Coronado Hospital Board of Directors (1986-1987); chairman of the Hospital Board (1988-1990); and the Coronado Roundtable of which he was one of the founding members.

In 1972, Jerry and Dr. Joseph Drazek, a local dentist, created a partnership and build their professional office building located at 1010 Eighth Street where they both had their practices. After providing optometric service in Coronado for 47 years, he retired and sold his practice to Dr. Stephen Moffett.

Jerry enjoyed community service, reading, golf and travel.

He is preceded in death by his wife Roselyn. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey Easton and Christopher (Carla) Easton; his grandsons Alexander Easton and Casey Easton; and great-granddaughter Meadow Easton.

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