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Graveside services celebrating and honoring the life of Gordon “Bud” Leroy Mast will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eads Cemetery with Pastor Paul Floyd officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar, Colorado.
Gordon “Bud” Leroy Mast was born on December 21, 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, at the age of 89.
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 Bud took over the welding shop full time by himself and 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 designing the item himself.
Bud married Beulah Jean Martin in 1952. To this union four children were born, 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 two children were born, Mark Anthony and Raymond Troutt. Both children passed shortly after birth.
In his younger days, Bud loved to hunt, bowl with his many friends, and 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 surpass the year before. He grew pumpkins weighing over 400 pounds. In his retirement years, Bud liked to work on woodworking and welding projects, such as making wrought 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 wrought iron designs for the front desk and snack bar area, constructing an eleven foot tall bowling pin and two 6 foot tall bowling pins for the outside of the bowling alley and making 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 before moving her 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 many trips with Sandy, her husband Jim and his brother Gary. They called themselves the four amigos. Some of the places they visited were Hawaii, Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and New York.
Bud is survived by his children, Julie Bishop, of Enid, Oklahoma, Charles “Charlie” Mast, of Eads, Colorado, Sondra “Sandy” Tate and husband Jim, of Enid, Oklahoma; sister, Shirley Pfingston, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Rainy, Robert, Kira, Marcus, and Chandler; eight great grandchildren, and many great great grandchildren; his care giver and friend, Sean Mathis; many nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Edward and Jane Katherine Mast; maternal and paternal grandparents; his first wife, Beulah Jean Martin; his second wife, Pamella Sue Davis; sons, Chester Leroy, Mark Anthony, and Raymond Troutt; brothers, Robert and William Mast; sister, Lorna Holter; and best friend and brother-in-law, Harold Pfingston.
Thank you to Brown-Cummings Funeral Home in Enid, Oklahoma and Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar, Colorado for their services.