Dexter Allen Eaton

September 1, 1943 ~ March 19, 2022 (age 78) 78 Years Old


Dexter Allen Eaton, age 78, of Billings, MT, surrounded by family, went to be with the Lord on March 19, 2022, after many years of fighting with respiratory illness.

He was born September 1, 1943, in River Falls, Wisconsin, to the late Sherman Eaton and Ann Eaton Hofferber. The family moved to Montana when Dexter was 3 years old, as his father Sherman and family were building a truck stop south of Big Timber: Eaton’s Inn.

Dexter graduated from Billings West High School in 1962. After high school, he joined the Marine Corps and was in the reserves for six years.  He met the love of his life, Lynda Christensen, and they were married in Billings on October 9, 1964.  Out of this union, three children were born: Dex Jr, Colette and Tanya. A few years later, he graduated from the Electrical Apprentice program. Dexter worked as a journeyman for a few years, which took him and the family to Las Vegas for a stint, before coming back to Montana. The family took up roots in Joliet, at which time Dexter became a master electrician and started Eaton Electric. He took a break from Eaton Electric and partnered with Lynda’s brother as part owner, operating the Tobacco Root Guest Ranch in Sheridan, Montana.

After a few years at the guest ranch, he came back to Billings and focused on building Eaton Electric.

Dexter enjoyed life and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. He loved four wheeling and camping in the Little Belts and Bridger Creek. His morning coffee break with his buddies was a highlight of his daily routine. Anyone who knew him felt his warmth, contagious smile and unconditional love.

Dexter is survived by his wife, Lynda; son, Dex Jr. (Jacque) and their kids, Andrew (Terra), Branden (Brittany), Colby; his daughter, Colette Johnson (Shane) and their kids, Justin, Cambria, Dan, Shaeley; and his daughter, Tanya Kirby (Jeff) and their kids, Ashley, Kaity, Karlee and Matt; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Lyric; his sister, Linda Erlenbush (Gene); along with many other beloved relatives and lifelong friends.

Dexter was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Ann; stepfather George Hofferber; half-sisters, Devra Hofferber and Lorrie Pies.

We love you and will miss you so much! We are grateful for the time we were given and all the wonderful memories throughout the years.

 Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services will be held at Faith Chapel, 517 Shiloh Road (Broadwater entrance), Tuesday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m.

The service will also be streamed via internet:

The broadcast is scheduled to begin 15 minutes before the service (at 10:15 a.m.) on March 29.

 Memorials can be made to United Luv Project, 3245 Alpine Drive, Billings, MT  59102 or of one’s choice.


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March 28, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary
1001 Alderson Avenue
Billings, MT 59102

Celebration of Life
March 29, 2022

10:30 AM
Faith Chapel
517 Shiloh Road
Billings, MT 59102


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