Layton man killed in carport collapse

Feb 20 2013 - 6:18pm

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(From left) Jake Parks, Casey Bair and Rhett Jessop remove portions of the collapsed carport that killed John Eaves in Layton on Monday. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Portions of a collapsed carport rest in the driveway at a home in Layton on Monday evening. The homeowner, John Eaves, died in the collapse. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Jake Parks, from Alpine Cleaning, discards pieces of the carport roof that collapsed Monday, killing John Eaves. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
(From left) Jake Parks, Casey Bair and Rhett Jessop remove portions of the collapsed carport that killed John Eaves in Layton on Monday. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Portions of a collapsed carport rest in the driveway at a home in Layton on Monday evening. The homeowner, John Eaves, died in the collapse. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Jake Parks, from Alpine Cleaning, discards pieces of the carport roof that collapsed Monday, killing John Eaves. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

LAYTON -- A man was killed Monday morning when the north-facing carport at his home at 1628 E. 2050 North collapsed on him.

Neighbors identified the man as John Eaves, 50. They said he was the manager of the South Ogden Costa Vida and a man dearly loved by neighbors and customers alike.

"I understand it was really hard on them today," neighbor Eluise Flitton said of the employees and customers of Costa Vida. "He made his customers feel like family."

Wayne and Eluise Flitton said John and his wife, Denise, built their home behind their Antelope Drive home 17 years ago and then the Flittons built their new home next to the Eaves family a year later.

"He was just like a son to them," said the Flittons' son, Darrin, who visited his parents to comfort them Monday night. "They saw them more than their own sons."

Eluise Flitton said John Eaves was the kind of neighbor who would take desserts he had baked and coupons to his restaurant to neighbors and was always doing something for others.

"He was standing in the middle of the road Saturday, talking to someone," Eluise Flitton said. "I was going to give him a hard time about that."

She said Eaves, the father of three sons and a daughter, was the center of his family's life.

Eluise Flitton told of comforting Denise on Monday. "She told John as she was leaving for work 'I love you.' She said how important that is. That was the last thing she said, 'I love you.'"

Layton Fire Battalion Chief Scott Maughan said Eaves and his wife had discussed creaking noises the carport had been making and a concern over ice and snow buildup on top of the structure.

Maughan said Eaves told his wife minutes before the accident that he was going to look into the problem.

She was leaving for work and he was headed out to the carport at 8:55 a.m., he said. His children called 911 to report the collapse at 9:16 a.m.

"A neighbor tried to raise the carport with a jack so (Eaves) could breathe but he was unsuccessful," Maughan said.

Calling the accident unusual, Maughan confirmed seeing a large buildup of ice and snow on the collapsed carport.

"We did the best we could to get a crew up in there safely," Maughan said.

The battalion chief said crews used cinder blocks to raise the structure enough to extricate Eaves.

Wayne Flitton said John Eaves built the wooden carport next to the garage two years ago to make room for extra vehicles.

He said after the accident it looked as if support beams were broken.

Wayne Flitton said the carport pulled away from the garage as it fell.

"The snow was very heavy," Wayne Flitton said.

Crews from Alpine Cleaning and Restoration were removing the remnants of the carport Monday night.

Cars from family visitors and those working on the carport lined the streets.

Several neighbors walked from around the block to offer their support to the family.

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