A memorial service for John Edwin Frederick (Jeff) Gaston, 65, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Laird Funeral Home, South Street, Nacogdoches. Private burial will be at a later date. Jeff died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Nacogdoches to Dr. Edwin W. Gaston Jr. and Martha Middlebrook Gaston. He attended public schools in Nacogdoches and Helsinki, Finland, graduating from Nacogdoches High School in 1967. He obtained a bachelor's degree from SFASU in 1976. Jeff received additional training in fire fighting and fire investigation. Jeff loved to work, and for many years worked two to three jobs. He was a firefighter for the City of Nacogdoches, transitioning to paramedic and EMT for the city and later the Nacogdoches County Hospital District. He was also assistant county fire marshal for several years until funding cuts eliminated the position. Jeff began working for KEEE/KJCS radio while still in high school as a deejay and news announcer. He was news director his senior year, and won several awards for his news coverage from the Texas Association of Broadcasters. He continued radio voice work for several more years with KSFA radio. While working nights as an EMT and paramedic, he worked days as an electrician, both independently and for Clark Brothers. Jeff later was employed at Gound Chevrolet as service manager and service advisor. Jeff served his country in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant (E-5). He was seriously wounded in Vietnam, and was a disabled veteran. Among other awards, he received the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Service Award. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Edwin W. Gaston Jr. He is survived by his mother, Martha Gaston; aunt, Ellen Sakach; uncle, Don Gaston and wife, Paula; brother, Tom Gaston and wife, Chris; and brother, Weldon Kant Gaston. He is also survived by nephews, Ryan Cupit and wife, Jamie, and Spenser Gaston; and nieces, Jennifer Gaston and husband, Nick Boland, Lauren Gaston, and Claire Want and husband, Jeremy. He is also survived by great-nephews, A.J. Boland and Jack Want; great-nieces, Eliza Jane Boland, Colbie Cupit and Scarlett Want; and numerous cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate to the veterans'
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 11, 2014