Eloy Eldon Sutton



Eloy Eldon Sutton, 77, of Central Point, passed away at his home on Monday, October 22, 2007. A funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007 at Memory Gardens Chapel. Pastor Everett Cade of Hope Christian Church will officiate.



Eloy was born on February 12, 1930 in Sioux Falls, S.D. On February 18, 1951, he married Juanita May Anderson in Tonasket, Wash. The couple moved from Tonasket, Wash. to the Rogue Valley in 1953. He worked for numerous local grocery stores, including Faber's Market, Eastside Market, Grocetaria, Mayfair and Jacksonville Market. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves during the Korean War.



Eloy enjoyed the outdoors. He loved elk and deer hunting with his family.



The community was very important to Eloy and he was involved in many organizations. Those included the Central Point Jaycees and the Central Point Volunteer Fire Dept. (retired as Asst. Chief in 1968). His first love, however, was Little League Baseball. He was involved since 1967, and became an umpire, umpire consultant for the State of Oregon, and later Assistant District Administrator for local Dist. #8. In 2003, he won the International Volunteer of the Year Award and was honored at the World Series of Little League Baseball in Williamsport, Pa. He was the only umpire to ever win such an award.



He is survived by his wife, "Nita" Sutton, of Central Point; four sons, Ed Sutton, of Medford, Pat Sutton, of Wilsonville, Ore., Ron Sutton, of Oakridge, Ore., and Eldon Sutton, of Spokane, Wash.; four brothers, Fred Sutton, of Eagle Point, Ore., Butch Sutton, of White City, Ore., Jim Sutton, of Pahrump, Nev., and Larry Sutton, of Spokane, Wash; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.



He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, LaVonne Marthini and Doll Allenby, and one grandson, Tim Sutton.



Memorial Contributions to Tim Sutton Memorial Scholarship in care of Mercy Flights or your local Little League Baseball.



Arrangements by Memory Gardens Mortuary & Memorial Park. 541-773-7338.