The graveside services celebrating and honoring the life of Gordon “Bud” Leroy Mast are pending in the Eads Cemetery. Viewing and family visitation will be held in the Valley View Funeral Home.
Gordon “Bud” Leroy Mast was born on December 21st, 1933, to Lloyd Edward and Jane Katherine (Doan) Mast, in Eads, Colorado. He went home to be with Jesus on November 1, 2023, in Enid, Oklahoma surrounded by his loved ones.
Bud graduated from Eads High School in 1951. He began welding at the age of fourteen where he worked alongside his dad in the Mast Welding & Manufacturing shop located in Eads until the passing of his dad in 1961, at that time he took over the welding shop full time by himself, he was later joined by his two sons when they were old enough. He made many horse trailers, implement carriers, a pontoon boat, and many other things. Often time designing the item himself.
He married Beulah Jean Martin in 1952, from this union came four children, Chester LeRoy, Julie Jo, Charles Edward, and Sondra Sue. They were happily married until the untimely death of Beulah in 1967.
Bud married Pamella, Pam, Sue Davis in 1968, from this union came two children, Mark Anthony and Raymond Troutt. Both children passed shortly after birth.
In his younger days, Bud loved to hunt and bowl with his many friends, and he loved to fish with his family, especially his daughter Julie. Bud was an avid gardener; he would plant a huge garden each year to provide food for his family. He would grow pumpkins and see how big he could get them each year, trying to outdo the year before. He grew pumpkins weighing over 400 pounds. In his retirement years Bud liked to work on woodworking projects and welding projects, such as making rod Iron sculptures for his friends and family members. Bud was a great inventor of things. If you told him about a project that needed to be done, he would sit down and figure up what needed to happen for the project to get done. He had a brilliant mind, one man is quoted as saying “that man’s a genius” he completed numerous projects for the Oakwood Bowl bowling alley in Enid, such as building twenty couch seats shaped like a bowling pin, raising the bowlers area floor to make it all one level, making wood paneling and rod iron designs for the front desk and snack bar area, he built an eleven foot tall bowling pin and two six foot tall bowling pins for the outside of the bowling alley and he mad new locker fronts for the lockers out of oak that turned out beautifully.
Bud was a very hard worker who did what he could to provide for his family. He also took great care of his aging mother who lived next door to his family. Bud built a house for his mom around the existing house that she was living in until the last few months of the project and then she moved in with Bud and Pam until the house was completed.
Bud went on trips with his son Charlie. He especially liked the trip they took to Florida. In Bud’s last two and a half years of his life he liked going to the casinos. He also took a trip with Sandy, her husband Jim and his brother Gary, they called themselves the four amigos. Some of the places they went were Hawaii, Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and New York.
Bud is survived by his sister Shirley Pfingston, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, his children, Julie Bishop, of Enid, Oklahoma, Charles (Charlie) Mast, of Eads, Colorado, Sondra (Sandy) Tate and Husband Jim, of Enid, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Rainy, Robert, Kira, Marcus, and Chandler; eight great grandchildren, and many great great grandchildren; his care giver and friend, Sean Mathis; and many nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Edward and Jane Katherine Mast; his grandparents on both sides; his first wife, Beulah Jean Martin; his second wife, Pamella Sue Davis; sons, Chester Leroy, Mark Anthony, and Raymont Troutt; his brothers, Robert and William Mast; and sister, Lorna Holter; and best friend and brother-in-law, Harold Pfingston.
Thank you to Brown-Cummings Funeral Home in Enid, Oklahoma and Valley View Funeral Home in Lamar, Colorado for their services.