D. Elliot Deaton

September 03, 1926 ‒ June 07, 2020

Marion, Ohio

D. Elliot Deaton, age 93, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 7, 2020, in Primrose of Marion.

A longtime area resident, he was born Sept, 3 1926 in Greensboro, N.C., the son of the late Warren C, and Mary K (King) Deaton.  Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the Philippines.  A proud veteran of World War II, he was honorably discharged in 1946 after two years of dedicated military service.  Elliot attended Bowling Green State University, where he met Beverly Garver, whom he married in 1949.  Graduating with a degree in financing, he was employed with Marion Automatic Music, retiring as President.

He was a member of Epworth Methodist Church, Marion Lions Club, Marion Lodge #70 F&AM, Marion York Rite, Aladdin Shrine, Columbus and Marion Shrine Club.

Elliot enjoyed hunting, fishing, and photography, but his greatest love was for Bev and his family.  Elliot and Bev were always there to love and support their family, even during the tragic loss of their daughter Brenda in 1983.  Bev also preceded him in death on April 9, 2015.

Surviving this fine gentle man is: a son, Robert (Kathleen) of Austin, TX; two daughters: Barbara (Craig) Belton of Corolla NC, and Ann (Craig) Blake of Chagrin Falls, OH; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Ann Fendrick of Galion, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his wife, daughter and parents, Elliot was preceded in death by his brother, Warren.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice of Marion, 1199 Delaware Ave Suite 102, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Elliot’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Dear Bob & family,

    I was very honored to have Mr. & Mrs. Deaton in my life.
    I met them & young Bob at the age of 11 in Boy Scout Troop 75.
    Later had Mrs. Deaton as a school teacher several times.
    For years after, I would run into Mr. Deaton & he would always take time to inquire about me.
    Rest in Peace dear Friend.

    May Our Lord Bless & Comfort the Family.

    Will & Jill Camm
    Findlay, Ohio

  • My deepest sympathy to Bob,Ann and Barb. I will cherish the times I got to take care of him and enjoyed Pavarotti together. He was so happy listening to him. May He Rest In Peace.

  • To the Deaton Family:
    The nicest man ever. My husband and I did some remodeling for him & Bev a long time ago.
    May he RIP & join his lovely wife in heaven.
    May God wrap his arms around the family and bring them comfort at this time.

  • Barb, Bob & Ann,
    We are very sorry about your loss. Your father was always so nice to be around. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Harold & Rene’

  • So very sorry to hear of Elliot’s passing. I have many memories of him, and of all of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

  • Over the years, I have heard many stories from Bob about His dad. Although we had never met, it felt like I knew him through his son. Bob’s kindness and friendship to my family and myself must be a reflection of how his dad treated others. Quite a blessing to pass on.

    To the Deaton family, you are in our prayers.

    Curt & Mary Kozer

  • I’m sorry to hear the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Barb, Bob & Annie –

    Brother Tim sent a text yesterday evening advising of your Pop’s passing. Did not know him or your Mother as well as others, but I do know that they reared wonderful children who have forever been in my heart. Thoughts and Prayers with all. Wish I could be there for the services.

    Le Gra


  • Ann, Bob, and Family,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was a great man, with a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Barb, Bob and Anne,

    John and I are so very sorry for your loss.

    I feel honored and privileged to have met and known your Dad and your family. I’m happy I was able to help Elliot be able to stay at home just for a little while longer.

    Elliot was a true representative of the “Greatest Generation” and John and I will never forget him.

    Janet & John Ruggles