In the early morning hours on Friday, March 31,, 2017, Adam Rodney Eastman our loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend returned home to the arms of his Father in Heaven. He died from complications related to his valiant 16-month fight against stage 4 colon cancer.\n\nAdam was born in Provo, Utah on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1974, to Rodney Gordon Eastman and Michele Thurston Eastman. He went to Orem schools, graduating from Mountain View High School.\n\nA valiant member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he served the Lord in the San Bernardino California Mission. He had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and an unwavering love of and loyalty to his family and close friends. He was extremely intelligent and had a passion for teaching others to love history and learning.\n\nIn his young adult years, he worked as a conductor, engineer and fireman at the Heber Valley Railroad and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. He was saved from a life of solitary "railfanning" when he met and became engaged to the love of his life, Stephanee Dawn Smith. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mount Timpanogos Temple on May 18, 2001. Their marriage was blessed with four beautiful children, Grace (12), Emma (10), Maggie (8), and Jack (4). He was a wonderful father and his family was the light of his life.\n\nWhile living in Lehi, Utah, he received a bachelor's degree from Utah Valley State College and a master's degree in history from Brigham Young University. In 2006, he moved with his family to Oklahoma to pursue his doctoral degree in Western American History at University of Oklahoma, which he received in 2013. He and his family enjoyed eight years in Norman, Oklahoma, and made many lifelong friends. He worked hard making the house they bought a home that his family could enjoy.\n\nHe then moved his family back to Utah, where he became a professor of history at Utah Valley University. He loved being a teacher and also was a lifelong learner. He could fix anything, and if he didn't know how to fix it, he would study and learn how.\n\nHe had a love of anything trains, and he raised his children, even the girls to love them also. He served as president of the Ophir and Tintic Model Railroad Club and spent many hours building intricate model railroad layouts.\n\nHe was preceded in death by grandparents Doyle Q. Thurston, Gordon & Bertha Eastman, and John & Gloria Smith. Adam is survived by his amazing wife Stephanee, his four children Grace, Emma, Maggie, & Jack, his father Rodney, mother Michele, sisters Shannon Swensen, Cindy Oppel (Ken), and Kristy Peterman (Chris). He is also survived by his wonderful father- and mother-in-law, Mark and Pauline Smith, brothers- and sisters-in-law Valerie Clark (David), Scott Smith, Melissa McDonald (Carl), & Wesley Smith (Eve), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, who all loved him dearly.\n\nFuneral services will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 11:00 am in the Grove Creek Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1176 North 730 East, Pleasant Grove. Family and friends may attend a viewing Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East Pleasant Grove and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30-10:45 am prior to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Adam's memory to the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (https://jajf.org) or Reel Recovery, a national non-profit that provides fly fishing retreats for men living with all forms of cancer (http://reelrecovery.org/).