A long-time educator and coach in the Harrisburg School District, 73-year old Lowell Eaton died Tuesday at a Columbia hospital. Eaton began coaching and teaching at Harrisburg in 1974-1975 and was the head boys basketball coach until 1978. His teams won conference championships, and battled the great Glasgow teams of the time in the playoffs. Eaton was also a long time track and field coach at Harrisburg winning several conference championships. He coached several state champion relay teams and individual champions. The annual Lowell Eaton Relays are held each spring at Harrisburg. Eaton also came back for one season as the Harrisburg boys coach in 1990-1991, which was the senior year of former Bulldog head coach and current superintendent Steve Combs. Those Bulldogs won District and Regional championships before falling in the sectionals. Eaton was a longtime counselor for the Harrisburg school district. He and wife Suzie (first grade teacher) retired in 2000. Eaton later was elected Howard County Commissioner and served several terms.

Harrisburg superintendent Steve Combs offered this quote “Harrisburg schools lost a member of our family. Lowell Eaton was a tremendous asset to our district during his tenure and in retirement. Coach Eaton was exceptionally useful for the kids who needed him the most. He was a champion of education.”

Harrisburg service for 73-year-old Lowell Eaton will be Sunday at 3pm at Harrisburg Middle School Gym with interment to follow in the Harrisburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 3:00 at the Middle School Gym. Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service of Fayette is in charge of the arrangements.