Kent “Pecos” Gast of Farwell TX tipped his old dusty hat and bid his friends and family a final, “see ya soon”, on Thursday August 03, 2017. Kent was born to Karl “Smokey” and Dorothy Gast in Clovis New Mexico on July 17, 1957.
Pecos was a man born 150 years too late for this world. His undeniable spirit was far more suited for the settlers and cow folk circa 1800’s. His speaking voice had a draw as long as a west Texas sunset, a slow walk that kicked dust up at his heels, and a deliberate contemplation of words that would give his favorite actor John Wayne a run for his money.
Pecos not only loved Westerns of every sort but he lived the western life as authentically as any man could. He raised long horns “the girls” for years. Rather than riding a ranch on horseback he drove a semi-truck with horsepower across the USA. Seeing sites and living experiences that many people never have the opportunity to achieve. He was a man of character and charisma and very few people could ever say they felt like a stranger around Pecos.
Kent leaves many behind but he doesn’t leave them without a gift. Through his years Mr. Gast slowly built his legacy- the intangible things, the moments that cannot be bought or materials that can be passed down. His Legacy began with a moment of love learned from his parents, a work ethic that was ingrained and then the courage to build relationships and not fear rejection. His legacy will be seen in his friends who knew the loyalty of an unwavering friend, the companionship of a partner who may not always be easy to get along with but always true and unconditional, and a father who treasured his son and daughter above all else. This legacy will be seen in them for years to come- and in turn, will be passed down again and again to a family that will forever have his love and loyalty branded in their lives.
Kent is survived by his wife Janis Gast of Farwell TX; son Tyrel Gast of Lubbock TX; daughter Kacey Gast of Lubbock TX; father Karl “Smokey” Gast of Farwell TX; sister Jackie Walker of Vega TX. He is preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Gast.
A memorial service to help send Pecos off into the sunset will be held at the Steed Todd Chapel on Saturday August 05, 2017 at 4:30pm (New Mexico Time). Officiating the services will be Gene Christian. A memorial contribution can be made to the Farwell Scholarship fund for Farwell Schools in honor of Pecos.
Services are under the care and direction of Steed Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E Manana, Clovis NM (575) 763-5541. Online condolences may be made at www.steedtodd.com
I have many memories of Kent and Gene running me through the ringer as a child. I will always have fond memories of this guy. He was a good man.
So sorry for your loss!
Paula Christian ThomasSherman,, TX
We are so deeply sorry to hear of your recent loss of this son, husband, and father. Our prayers are lifting you up for strength from the Father of us all.
Joe and Kay StantonFarwell, TX
As a neighbor who lived across the street from you growing up, I am very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all and sending my deepest condolences.
John BolingNapa, CA
Smokey, Janis and family,
I was so sad to hear of Pecos' passing. Your family are in my families prayers asking for peace and comfort.
Craig Kaltwasser Family
Craig KaltwasserAmarillo, TX
My deepest sympathy to you and all the family on the loss of Kent.
Alma Gossett Branum,
Pecos check on my brother up there in heaven We had some good times out at Lazbuddie My condolences to your family
Rich MagbyMuleshoe Tx,
Smokey, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mark HaseloffChandler, TX
My heart is saddened for you my sweet cousin Janis. I pray that you find peace and comfort in the days to come. You and the kids are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. Love hugs and prayers.
Sandy Thomas Autrey,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one, Kent. May you find comfort in the words written at Acts 24:15, where God promises to bring back to life those we have lost in death by means of a resurrection. In the near future He will also do away with our enemy, death.(Revelation 21:4) This gives us the wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones, forever. Until then, I hope the memories of Kent and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.
With deepest sympathies for yalls loss of such a special man! I have some wonderful memories of my time with your family!
Rosetta Smith (Setta)Georgetown, TX
My condolences Ty. Thoughts and prayers.
Carlos SaenzDallas, TX
We are very sadden to hear about Kents passing. We were neighbors in Farwell for many years..Janice, Kacey and Ty you all are in our prayers
Eddie & Dolly VillarrealEdinburg, TX
Darrisa and Rusty TunnellAmarillo, TX
Our thoughts are with you, Janice and Tye.
Ronald and LeAndra ByrdFarwell, TX
You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. I have many memories of Christmas's with Pecos that will always be with me.
Jason McGregor and FamilyLafayette, LA
Rest in peace
Eddie WinegeartAmarillo, TX
Great memories of a great guy - blessings to the family
Jacquelyn Langford TaylorMansfiekd, TX
Robert MarquezClovis, NM
What a character Pecos was - he will truly be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are sending big hugs.
Edith Ann Walling Bradley and Jeff Campbell and Teagan.
Edith Ann Walling-BradleyClovis, NM