Aug 20, 2010 5:28 PM by Zach Thaxton
Approximately 800 people attended a memorial service Friday for Ted Eastburn, a renowned cardiologist, former Colorado Springs City Councilman, and one-time mayoral candidate. Eastburn committed suicide early Tuesday morning in the offices of Pikes Peak Cardiology at Memorial Hospital, where he worked.
Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus was filled with political dignitaries, colleagues in the medical industry, patients, friends, and family, all paying tribute to Dr. Eastburn's life of service to individuals and the community at-large.
"What a remarkable person," said former councilman Richard Skorman. "What a giver to the community." Skorman was one of three men the family designated to speak about Dr. Eastburn during the memorial service. Skorman and Eastburn ran for City Council at the same time and remained close friends for years. "I cut my ponytail when I ran for council, he grew his," Skorman recalled. "He touched so many people."
Lionel Rivera defeated Eastburn to become mayor in 2003. He says that during the campaign and after the election, Eastburn remained a good friend. "He ran for council, he ran for mayor for the right reasons -- because he wanted to help the City of Colorado Springs," Rivera said following Friday's memorial service. "He became my heart doctor and I trusted him with my life because I know where his heart was." Rivera says he'll miss phone conversations the most. "When I was going through some issues and some controversy last year, he would call and say, 'Lionel, hang in there. You're doing the right thing.'"
Dr. Theodore Everett Eastburn, III was 56 years old.