Georden R. Fast

Georden R. Fast

1936 - 2015

 Georden R. Fast died peacefully at home April 28, 2015, after a long illness. Georden was born March 13, 1936, in Portland, Oregon, to George and Wanda (Reed) Fast. He moved from Sheridan to McMinnville as an infant. He went all through school in McMinnville, and graduated from high school here in 1954. He had a lifelong interest in cars, trucks and motorcycles. He was a founder and charter member of the Tie Rods car club here while in high school. He loved to work on cars as much as to drive them throughout his life, and his first jobs, besides picking beans at Alderman Farms, were at Peavey Oil Company and driving truck.

Later he made his living as a painting contractor. He liked dealing with fussy customers, telling them they were not as fussy as he, and if they didn’t like his work they didn’t have to pay him. He never failed to be paid. He lived and worked in Oregon and Washington most of his life, but spent a few years in California. He and his wife, Darlene, moved to McMinnville from Portland in 1996, lived in Carlton for seven years, and then moved back to McMinnville to live with their son, Greg, and his wife, Amy, granddaughter, Gracie, and now grandson, Kaden.

He loved working with his hands, building things and fixing things, taking great pride in making things work. He was famous for his ability to keep knives and other tools sharp and in good working order. He enjoyed camping and hunting, especially cutting wood and building fires. A quiet man who was never comfortable in a crowd, he was yet a good neighbor who was always willing to help out, and who will always be remembered for his quick, dry wit and great sense of humor, which he maintained through all adversity and up until the last days of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Darlene, at the home; four children, Debbie Bass of Tacoma, Charles Visciglio of Fresno, Becky Visciglio of Fresno, and Greg Fast of McMinnville; and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by nine stepchildren and all their families, Laura Tomanka of Scappoose, Rev. Greg Middlestetter of Springfield, Doug Middlestetter of Silverton, John Kackman of Ketchikan, Lari Mehiel of Seattle, David Kackman of Seattle, Rev. Leon Kackman of Columbia, S.C., Bob Kackman of Seattle, and Michael Kackman of South Bend, Indiana; one step-sister, Joyce Morton of McMinnville; and several surviving aunts and uncles and many cousins. His one sister, Barbara Moroney, preceded him in death.

Celebration of life services will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at Macy & Son, McMinnville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Legacy Hospice in care of Macy & Son. To leave online condolences, visit www.macyandson.com.