2015 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Darwin Eaton spent the major portion of his adult life playing to audiences throughout Iowa as well as South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. He was a consummate entertainer as well as an excellent singer and saxophonist.
Sioux Rapids native Eaton’s performing career began by filling in on drums for Cliff Lee and the Rhythm Kings. In 1976 he was asked to join the New Senders. He moved to Pocahontas and began his successful business career in computer and IT work.
Eaton became of founding member of the band Phoenix in 1981. He played in that band as well as The Senders (Hall of Fame 2005) simultaneously for many years.
The audience always responded to his “costumes” and walks through the audience while playing his sax. They loved his interaction with them.
A military veteran, Eaton always proudly waved a large American flag when the band played patriotic songs. The audience always stood and cheered as he completely engaged his fans in the music and its message.
The Lifetime Achievement designee gave back to his community by serving on the Pocahontas Area School Board, Rialto Theatre Board, Princess City Players, Pocahontas Community Chorus, Pocahontas Fire Department and was a member of the University of Okoboji Corvette Club. In spite of his full time employment and involvement in community service Darwin Eaton played and sang for hundred of fans on weekends. Music was very dear to him.
On Jan. 3, 2015, IRRMA President John Senn presented Darwin with his IRRMA Lifetime Achievement Award at his home in Pocahontas. Darwin passed away on Feb. 4, 2015 at the age of 58.
For decades of entertaining the public with his musical talents and magnetic personality, IRRMA proudly posthumously inducts Darwin Eaton into its Hall of Fame with the Class of 2015.