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Doug Easton

Doug Easton

Category B - Bowhunters who have shown Excellence in the Design and Manufacturing of Archery Equipment

Doug Easton was born on September 21, 1907 in Oakland, California. He started making wood bows and arrows in 1922. Seven years later he moved to Los Angeles where he made archery equipment in his garage. He developed the four footed cedar shaft in 1931. In 1932 he married Mary Simonich.

Doug helped organize the 1935, 55th NAA National Championships at UCLA. His first son, Jim, was born on July 26th, three days before the competition started.

In 1949, Doug made the 24SRT size #1820 arrow, which was used by Larry Hughes who won the NAA Championships a year later. The first 24SRT-X shafts were developed in 1946 with proprietary heat treat and drawing process. 

The 67th and 79th NAA Championships were held at UCLA in 1951 and 1963, respectively. Doug Easton helped in the organization of both events. 

In 1958, the XX75 shafts were produced and in 1964 Easton produced the X7 shaft. 

After over 12 years of effort by Mrs. Inger Frith, FITA President, archery returned to the Olympics in Munich in 1972. Doug had worked with the NAA on this project, but not able to attend the Olympics. 

On December 31, 1972 Doug passed away at the age of 65. 


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