Eldon Reeves

Eldon L. Reeves, 85, died on Monday, November 11, 2019 in hospice care at Sunrise Senior Living in Riverside, CA. He leaves behind two daughters: Anita Reeves Shively (Patrick) of Clayton, NC and Holly Reeves Johnson of Riverside, CA, as well as, five grandchildren: Logan (Kristina), Laura, and Sarah Shively and Emma and Claire Johnson.

Eldon was born in Dodge City, KS on December 25, 1933, where he lived among the wheat fields during the Dust Bowl era. Later, he and his family moved to Colorado, where he graduated from Lamar Union High School (1953) and proceeded to Colorado State University, where he earned and B.S. (1957) and M.S (1959) in Entomology. Eldon served in the United States Air Force (1959-1962), during which time he was stationed in Casa Blanca, Morocco, as a medical entomologist, and later earned the rank of Captain.

Eldon continued his education at Ohio State University, where he earned a PhD in Entomology (1966) and married Carol McKechnie (1965). Eldon was a good and loving father, making sure his children had all that they needed. He taught them faithfully all that he knew and inspired them to grow in their education and to pursue the things that were important to them.

His career and his devotion to science took him to the University of California: Riverside, Department of Entomology, Division of Biological Control (1965 1972) and later to the Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office (1972 1996). He was committed to do all that he could for those in the agricultural community. Eldon traveled to Mongolia, as a representative of the Department of the Treasury, to share what he knew about the use of biological control to limit pests for farmers and to safely increase the production of food. Eldon was a photographer. He loved to capture the beauty of nature and the curiosities of people in his work.

For many years, he was both a student and teacher of photography, always trying to improve his craft. His work included landscapes from ghost towns to national parks, close-ups of flowers, insects, and birds, and shots of people in their element. Eldon was blessed to be cared for in his later years by his faithful daughter, Holly, and the staff at Sunrise Senior Living. The family is grateful!

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