Daniel T. McEathron

Daniel T. McEathron, 58, of Front Royal, Virginia, Passed away on Tuesday, May 28 at his home.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Riverton United Methodist Church with The Rev. Dr. Vince McLaughlin officiating. Interment will be private.

Danny was born on May 13, 1961, in St. Ignace, Michigan son of Gene and Vivian L. McEathron of Front Royal. He retired as Sheriff of Warren County dedicating 37 years of service, the last 16 of those years serving as your sheriff. He was a member of law enforcement and numerous civic organizations. Danny will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and his Warren County Sheriff’s office family.

Surviving with his parents are his loving and devoted wife of 36 years Donna McEathron; son Elijah Daniel McEathron and wife Kristina of Virginia Beach; daughter Alayna Rae McEathron and fiancé Eric Stewart of Front Royal; one brother David G. McEathron and wife Jackie of Texas; three sisters Debra L. Hite and husband Bruce of Front Royal, Dori Ann McEathron of Kilmarnock and Deana Marie Goss and husband Dave of Front Royal; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

The family will receive friends on Monday, June 3 from 2-4 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warren County Sheriff’s Youth Camp or to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

  73 comments for “Daniel T. McEathron

  1. Joy Colton
    May 31, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Danny was a great person who will be missed by many. Prayers of peace to the family.

    • Rob Olinger
      May 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      I was born, raised, and lived most of my life in Front Royal / Warren Co. I knew / knew of Danny through small town proximity and family connections for everyone of those years, and I never knew him as anything but a good man, citizen, and community leader. We are better for having him, and for his service all these years.

      To his family, friends, and all who grieve, know that he was recognized, respected and appreciated for his leadership and service to his community. And, that he will be missed.

      May God, happy memories, and community support lighten your heavy hearts.

      Deepest sympathies,

    • Kathy Cockrell
      June 1, 2019 at 1:57 am

      I will never forget 2 years after my daughter went to sheriff’s camp we walked onto 7-11 and he was there and knew her by name, he was great with the kids in this town! He will be greatly missed! Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
      The Cockrells

  2. Mrs. Chris Crawford
    May 31, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Dear McEathron Family,

    We are not acquainted, however I wanted you to know I am praying for you. I am so sorry. My prayer also is that people will remember the good Sheriff McEathron has done over the years. I did not know him, but just as an observer, I had the utmost respect for him. He and his many, many contributions will not be forgotten. God bless and keep you all.

    With warm regards,
    Chris Crawford

  3. Cheryl Lee Smedley
    May 31, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Our hearts are broken as Danny and family are life long friends. Danny will always be remembered for his gentle kind heart for people and the community of Front Royal. We will be praying for the family not just today or tomorrow however always.

    To Danny’s siblings I have experienced the loss of my dear sweet sister there is an emptiness and we pray for you in the days ahead.

    Mr and Mrs McKeatheron we too have lost a child, it isn’t an experience no parent should ever have to experience. Please know our hearts break for you and you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Nikki grove
    May 31, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Danny I’ve known you since I was young and I will forever miss you. My thoughts and prayers go out to Donna and ur kids. R.I.p

  5. Mary Taylor
    May 31, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Danny was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.. May God be with each and every one of you..R.I.P Danny.

  6. Yvonne Frye
    May 31, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Just know God will see you all through this. I didn’t know him but what I have observed about him has been noting but him trying to do good for and by all. May you treasure your wonderful memories and may he now have the peace he needed. No one is perfect but God. RIP Mr. McEathron

  7. Susanne Longerbeam
    May 31, 2019 at 11:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Please keep all of your wonderful memories of Danny close to your hearts. Sending much love.

    • Wendy Santmyers
      May 31, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Danny was a good man i can remember when jack and Eli played ball together and danny was a coach praying for you all

  8. Nancy & Bobby Hively
    May 31, 2019 at 11:41 am

    McEathron family please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
    Nancy & Bobby

    • Jackie Bourque
      June 10, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Gene and Vivian, I cannot imagine how much grief you are going through, but I know you both have a deep faith in God, and He will bring you through your sadness. My heart goes out to you. Prayers were sent on your behalf at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg. Know that we feel a great sympathy for your family and will keep you in our prayers. Jackie Bourque

  9. Jane Johnson
    May 31, 2019 at 11:49 am

    He was a wonderful boss, and a friend. He ran our office (and his life) with a strong sense of integrity, fairness and a good sense of humor.
    His officers all looked up to him and he earned our utmost respect. During my time there, I always felt like I had 100% support from him and many times he came out and helped with animal rescue situations.
    He will be missed by all who had the privilege of working for him or knowing him. A terrible loss for everyone.

  10. Shirley(Sam) Wenzel
    May 31, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Dearest family, So sorry for your loss, he was a good boss, and friend to all. He will be miss by all who knew him. Prayers and love to you all.

    • Dennis & Libby Funk
      May 31, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Danny was very respected in this town. Always there to help anyone who needed it. He will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.

      • Chris Sours
        June 1, 2019 at 12:38 am

        Prayers to the McEathron family. This is such a terrible loss to the entire community. Danny was a great man, he was always willing to share (or ask) for some advice or offer up some humor, just when I needed it the most. Danny being a car guy, would often joke with me about my “speeding” down Rt340 or my choice in automotive brands. Danny, I pray that you found peace.

    • Steve and Sandy Morris
      May 31, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      Our thoughts,love and prayers are with you all during this terribly sad time. We will always remember Danny as the good, kind man he was.
      May you find comfort in the Lord’s promises of eternal life and Danny’s place there.
      Our love and heartfelt sympathy,
      Steve and Sandy

      • Ellen
        June 3, 2019 at 12:59 pm

        My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Front Royal lost a good and honest friend

  11. Sue Rima
    May 31, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Dearest McEathron Family,

    Praying for strength and courage in the coming days. My children and I have walked in your shoes. God bless you.

  12. May 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    And Christ has wiped every tear from your eyes and holds you in His Loving Arms.

  13. Ann Peterson
    May 31, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Prayers for the family
    RIP Sheriff McEathron

  14. Donald & Linda Funk
    May 31, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was a good person who did many good works for our county. He was well respected and treated everyone with dignity. He will be sorely missed. May his memory be eternal.
    Sincere condolences.

  15. Rick and Terri Wines
    May 31, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Our hearts break for you, your children, and your families. Prayers for peace and comfort during this tragic time in your lives. Lean on loved ones and know you have much love and support from all. Prayers to all.

    • Teresa Curry
      May 31, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      My heart goes out to the Daniel Mchetheron family , this is such a tragic loss, We lived across from Danny and his family for about 15 years and he was a kind young man . We lived on Markham Street at that time and he lived on the corner. All of this has really saddened me about the whole situation. I will be praying for all of the family & friends, this is a tough one to get by.

  16. jan sickel
    May 31, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    danny was a good and dedicated sheriff. my prayers are with you.

    • Steve and Sandy Morris
      May 31, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      Our thoughts,love and prayers are with you all during this terribly sad time. We will always remember Danny as the good, kind man he was.
      May you find comfort in the Lord’s promises of eternal life and Danny’s place there.
      Our love and heartfelt sympathy,
      Steve and Sandy

    • Daniel W. Sealock
      June 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      We have lost a good man prayers for the family. R.I.P. My friend.

  17. Jim Ballard
    May 31, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Danny will be missed, yet never forgotten. Prayers for his family and friends.

  18. Marilyn White
    May 31, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Donna and Family
    My heart is broken for you over your loss. Praying for you all in this time.
    Love to you ,

  19. Stephanie Bryant
    May 31, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    My heart is broken for this wonderful family. Prayers that you soon find peace and will always have good memories. May God bless you always.

    May 31, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    My heart goes out to the McEathron family…How devastating of a loss…My continued thoughts and prayer are with you….GODSPEED DANNY…

  21. Carolyn Woelkers
    May 31, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Family and friends of former Sheriff McEathron, just know that he touched so many lives and that his memory will live on forever. He always had a ready smile and a comforting word for anyone who needed it. Praying for a comfort for all during this hurtful time.

  22. Darlene Brown
    May 31, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    So Sorry praying for your family he was a good person.

  23. Linda McIlwee
    May 31, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Praying God will give you the strength to get through all this heartache. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who are living this pain.

  24. The Oleksia Family
    May 31, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    RIP Sheriff McEathron. Love and prayers for the McEathron family.

    • David & Donna Strickler
      June 2, 2019 at 12:20 am

      Our thoughts are with you, your children and your families during this very sad time, and we hope that, in time, each of you can find peace and comfort in all of the good memories you have of Danny.

    • Abb T Campbell and girls
      June 2, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Danny has gone to a better place, may he rest in internal peace. My condolences to your family.

  25. Karen Roberts
    May 31, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. I’ve lived here for 35 years and I’ve heard a lot of great things about him over the years

  26. Connie Stepanovic Brooks and Family
    May 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Danny’s death. Sending our prayers from Michigan.

  27. Mike Corbin
    May 31, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss Donna. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  28. Rick Hunley
    May 31, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    So very sorry he was a very good man from a good family. Who I think loved his family very much and loved his community doing countless acts to help anyone and everyone who needed help I know he will be missed and not forgotten

  29. Sue Cornett
    May 31, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Our community is in shock at loosing such a community minded person. RIP Danny, you will forever be in my thoughts. Prayers:

  30. Teresa Curry
    May 31, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    My heart goes out to the McEathron’s

  31. Brenda Rosenberry
    May 31, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    My heart goes out to the family. God bless you all with a heavy heart..

    May 31, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    There are no words…Love and Prayers.

  33. Dellea Underwood
    May 31, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    My heart goes out to Donna and his family! You are being lifted up in prayer during this sorrow.

  34. Jerry Compton
    June 1, 2019 at 12:01 am

    RIP Sheriff McEathron

  35. Ruthann andrews
    June 1, 2019 at 1:02 am

    There simply are no words to express my deepest sympathies to the family
    Danny and I spent our teen years at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
    On behalf of myself and my parents The Johnsens to
    your parents and family
    Many prayers, love, and blessings to you all
    Ruthann Johnsen Andrews

  36. Bernice Romer
    June 1, 2019 at 1:31 am

    My sincere condolences to your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. Barry Whitmore
    June 1, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Prayers going out to the McEathtron Family so sorry for your lost Danny was a good person who always spoke to everyone. God Bless you all.

  38. Susan Horstman-Scott
    June 1, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I would like to express my sadness for Daniel’s passing and offer my prayers of condolence and strength to the McEathron family. I hope that the great love and support from your friends and community will help bring comfort and healing to you during this tough time.

  39. Barbara Hensley Peterson
    June 1, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.. God bless and keep you all. We hold wonderful memories of Danny in our hearts. Much love and compassion.

  40. George & Lee Stepanovic
    June 1, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Danny’s death. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Love, George & Lee Stepanovic, your Michigan cousins.

  41. Ron and Fran Tewalt
    June 1, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for all of you.

    • Andre Ford
      June 4, 2019 at 3:57 am

      R.i.p. ..Sir …U and my family has known each other for yrs…Sorry for the loss to ur family….

  42. Mary Dill
    June 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Donna my heart aches for you and your entire family, the sadness is insurmountable. Danny was a good man and he will be missed terribly. God bless the McEathron family, Warren County Sheriff’s office and all of us who love you.

  43. Amy Thompson
    June 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the McEathron family.

  44. Ott and Shirley Baker
    June 1, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Ott and I want the family of Danny to know we are deeply sorry for your loss. We keep you in our prayers that GOD will surround you with love and give you peace during this very difficult time.

  45. John & Leigh Ann Grubbs
    June 1, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    God bless the McEathron family. We are so sorry for your loss. Always a well respected Sheriff and a good man of the community.

  46. Cheryl Anderson
    June 2, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Rest in Peace Daniel McEathron. I met Danny when he first started as a deputy and had a Rottie. He will be missed by many. Warren County is a better place for him having lived here and been a deputy and then Sheriff. Danny did a lot of Good for this community. May his family, friends and co-workers find peace in having known him for the time he was in their lives. Prayers to his family.

  47. Jennifer Duncan
    June 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    May you rest in peace Danny. It was a pleasure working with him as an administrative assistant for a short tenure when he first came on board as Sheriff, and I know he will be missed by many. Sending an abundance of thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends. May they find comfort, healing , and peace through this difficult time.

  48. Jim and Darla Agee
    June 3, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Dear Donna, Alayna, & Eli—Donna, you and Danny were the first people we met when we moved to Front Royal 29 years ago.You both always have been a friend to the both of us—in all those years, just a phone call away and either of you would be there, what more could you ask of a friend? Danny was always warm, gracious, a big, generous smile—words cannot express how much we’ll miss him. God bless you all, God’s grace embraces Danny now.

  49. Ken and Virginia Cooley
    June 3, 2019 at 1:38 am

    so very sorry for this loss. praying God will surround the family during this difficult time.

  50. Jay Giese
    June 3, 2019 at 2:32 am

    My deepest condolences Donna to you and the entire family. Heartbreaking. Rest in peace Danny.

  51. Allison Foster
    June 3, 2019 at 3:02 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Donna and Elijah. I’m here if you need anything. Danny was a good guy and you have a beautiful angel watching over you.

    • Ellen
      June 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Front Royal lost a good and honest friend

  52. Amy Wines
    June 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Prayers to the family.

  53. Heidi
    June 3, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    My deepest condolences to Danny’s family, friends and law enforcement family. Many memories with Danny through working in the ER with him, especially with Czar. We laughed a lot but Danny always had our backs! He did a lot of good things for the community and my family. He is with our maker. My heart is withose left behind. God Bless

  54. The Bowen And Sacchetti families
    June 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to the family.
    God Bless.
    Matthew 5:9

    • June 4, 2019 at 3:47 am

      Donna, Alayna, & Eli,
      Words of thanks for all that Danny accompanied as a Sheriff. So much love has been shown in our community for Danny & the McEathron Family May the love of your family & friends give you support while going through the lost of Danny. May God help keep Danny’s memories in each of you. He is gone on earth but will live in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you all . My sincere
      Condolences to you all.

  55. Dennis Burke
    June 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Danny was a long time friend, Rest in Peace my friend.

  56. June and Herb Rinehart
    June 4, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire McEathron family . The tribute to Danny at the funeral on Monday told his story of kindness, goodness and concern for others. We will miss him and pray for the entire family in the days and months ahead as they adjust to this great loss. God Bless you all and may God’s peace surround you as you continue your journey without Danny in the human form but know that he is looking down from above and one day you will meet again.

  57. Christopher & Sharlotte Keiser
    June 5, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the McEathron family. I’ve known the McEathron family since childhood and know the tight bond and strong love among your family. My heart breaks for you. We hope you find comfort knowing our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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