Douglas Dillon Eastwood Jr.

Douglas Dillon Eastwood Jr. surrendered his life into the loving arms of Jesus on July 11, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the result of complications from a pulmonary embolism.  Dillon was born in Washington, D.C., on May 29, 1969 to Douglas Dillon Eastwood Sr. and Sarah McLaurin.  He spent his early years in Maryland before coming to Texas as a high school senior, where he graduated from Round Rock High School.  Dillon had two younger sisters, Abigail Laurin and Elizabeth Robin. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1990 as a corpsman and served in the Gulf War, ending his service in 1994.  He married and had three children, Amanda Kaye Eastwood, Jason Dillon Eastwood, and Ashley Kaitlyn Eastwood.

Dillon was a perpetual student, beginning with medical training as a hospital corpsman at the Naval School of Health Sciences, in San Diego, Calif., from which he graduated as valedictorian in 1995. He continued his paramedic training with the military at Low Country EMS in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1993-1994, followed by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Missions from Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1999.  He was an undergraduate at Texas State University, Baylor University, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  He graduated and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Scott & White School of Nursing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Temple, Texas, in 2016.  In 2020, Dillon began working on his Master or Science in Nursing to become certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and he already had plans to pursue his doctorate.

After the military, Dillon worked as an EMT-Paramedic with Austin-Travis County EMS and Williamson County EMS from 1995-2009, and also was a 911 dispatcher for Austin Police Department.  Upon graduation from nursing school, he served as an ICU nurse in Fort Mojave, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.  At Giving Home Health Care in Las Vegas, Dillon served in admissions, as the Director of Nursing, and as a clinical researcher in patient development.  Most recently, he was working in the VA of Southern Nevada’s Healthcare System in Las Vegas, where he delighted in serving veterans and hearing their stories.

As an ordained minister of the gospel, Dillon served on multiple mission trips, including several to Bangladesh, Haiti, Nigeria, and Mexico.  He surprised even his family by having picked up Spanish in addition to speaking French, and he preached to Spanish-speaking oil-rig workers in their own language while pastoring in Luling, Texas.

Dillon could fix anything.  He loved the beach and longed to live on an island.  He teased people he loved, and he listened to old-time gospel music to soothe his soul.  Since childhood, he had a passion for cooking succulent foods and quickly became an exquisite cook. He always ensured that any guest entering his home would be nourished physically and spiritually. A man of many talents.

In February of 2012, Petra Carey came into Dillon’s life, and they married in August of 2013.  He captivated her with his minivan, his Axe Body Spray, and their shared passion for missions.  As a couple, Dillon and Petra charmed strangers and friends with their devotion to each other and their happiness together.  He encouraged her as she completed a seminary degree at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and she was his champion through nursing school.  Dillon and Petra brought out the best in each other, and their last week together on this earth was their best.

In the tapestry of Dillon’s life, the constant thread was his love for God.  Through dark days and times of celebration, Dillon walked with God.  Sometimes he wrestled with his Maker, and sometimes he rested in exhausted trust.  Always, Dillon sought to be God’s man.

Dillon is survived by his wife Petra Carey Eastwood, his parents, Doug and Sarah Eastwood, sister Laurin Eastwood and her partner Zachary Edwards, sister Robin Larson and her husband Jack Yancey, children Amanda, Jason, and Ashley Eastwood, nieces and nephews Kendra Purdy, Shana Eastwood, Christian Larson, Melanie Larson, and Briley Yancey.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the non-profit organization Straw To Bread at www.StrawToBread.org. This organization serves the poorest of the poor in rural western Kenya. Its cause ensures orphans and elders are fed and have access to clean drinking water, that orphans receive an education, and more.  Donations made on Dillon’s behalf will go toward scholarships for the orphans. As a man who loved learning and growing in his profession, Dillon would take great delight in seeing that opportunity made available to those whose advantages are limited simply because of where they were born. More information also is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/m10w8wb0h8I.

 

All of our friends/family in Las Vegas are aware of tomorrow’s service, but just to make it official.

Memorial services for Dillon are scheduled in Las Vegas, Nev., and Harker Heights, Tex.

Nevada: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Praise Tabernacle at 7570 Peace Way, Las Vegas, NV., 89148

Texas: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021, at First Church of Harker Heights at 2314 Indian Trail, Harker Heights, TX., 76548

8 Comments. Leave new

  • Robert Kelly
    July 17, 2021 12:04 am

    My heart breaks every day at the thought of loosing Dillon. Yet at the same time my memories make me smile . Dillon will always be in my heart as a friend and a standard bearer of how to be the best you can be .

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  • Pamela Allison
    July 17, 2021 12:51 am

    Our prayers are with you Petra. Gary and I Love you sweetie.

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  • Jewel Lockridge
    July 17, 2021 12:24 pm

    Petra, I am so sorry for your loss. Yours and Dillion’s was a love story for the ages. I pray that the sad days ahead will be brightened by fond memories of your love for each other and your love of the Lord.

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  • Crystal Russell
    July 17, 2021 12:31 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family and you.

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  • Sandra Kielcheski
    July 19, 2021 2:37 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Petra and the kids. I have known Dillion for many years and I was saddened and heartbroken by the news of his death. May the comfort of the Lord keep you all and may your sorrows be restored to Joy in the days to come. God Bless you, Sis Sandra Kielcheski

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  • Judy Martin (a friend from Apostolic Lighthouse Church, Georgetown Tx
    July 19, 2021 5:51 pm

    We lift up Dillon’s family in prayer for the Lord to surround you with peace and comfort. We grieve with you for the loss of a good friend.

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  • Sarah & Seth Simmons
    July 21, 2021 6:41 pm

    We grieve with the family in this loss, you’re in our thoughts and prayers!

    My husband and I helped start the work in Luling along side Brother Eastwood and helped with the youth. So many stories to tell: but one that I remember the most of him was on the way back from service Wednesday night the car in front of us had hit a massive bull that had gotten out of pasture. The car was flipped and crushed. Dillion pulled our vehicle over and told my husband to call 911. He ran to their vehicle , resuscitated the passengers, stopped bleeding, and then waited for the ambulance to come. He hoped in the car once all was clear and just started chatting like nothing had happened as we drove back to Austin. He mentioned this was a daily occurrence for him so he just was happy to help but can’t dwell on it too long. When there was a need to start a church he went in with faith and the church is still going today, it showed me how to sacrifice to get something going as to make a way for the King! His heart for people and the lost and hurting was an example to all.

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  • Dillon was my friend and brother. We shared many late night conversations before he moved out of state. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Dillon will be greatly missed.

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