Douglas Gast
1974 - 2020
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DOUGLAS PAUL GAST Doug Gast, 46, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at his residence. Born July 1, 1974 in Bainbridge, Georgia, he was the son of Linda L. Macom- son and Michael F. Gast. Doug is survived by his wife, Casey, his bonus children Christian & Naomi McCleary and grandchildren Petra & Jack of the Tri-Cities; his mother and bonus dad, Linda and Bob Macomson of Charlotte, NC; his sister, Lauren Jackson and her children, Logan and Hayley of Charlotte; and stepbrother Tatum Macomson & family also of Charlotte. In his early years, Doug was active in scouting achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout and becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow. Doug received his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina, Master's in Communication Studies from Baylor University and an MFA in Electronic Art from the University of Cincinnati. Since 2005, he has served Washington State University Tri-Cities and its students as an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Digital Technology & Culture degree program. Doug has not only worked to bring awareness to the arts for the betterment of the University, but also for the local community, serving the cities of Richland and Kennewick as an Arts Commissioner for over a decade. His personal artistic projects typically addressed current, relevant social and political topics and took the form of videos, films, images, websites, sculptures, performances, books and installations. They have been exhibited and screened in locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Doug was a humble man with a kind and generous heart. He always extended a listening ear, words of encouragement and a helping hand to family, friends, students and least we not forget, his "fur babies." He will be greatly missed.. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. More information about Doug, here: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made by mail to the Douglas P. Gast Scholarship and Travel Fund in Fine Arts and Digital Technology & Culture Endowment # 7246-0127, c/o Don Shearer, Associate Vice President, Washington State University Foundation, PO Box 643528, Pullman, WA 99164 or online at https:// (Type Gast in Search). Memorials may also be made to the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter at 1312 S 18 th Ave, Pasco WA 99301 or (509) 545-3740.

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Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 5, 2020.
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August 13, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear that Doug passed on. I will always remember him as such kind and gentle person—full of empathy and compassion for everyone, whether a friend or not. Our hearts go out to his family. Rest in peace, Doug.
Rick Binger
August 12, 2020
Knowing Doug over the past decade increased my faith in humanity. We were quite different in oh so many ways yet had the grandest times debating so many issues and ideas with kindness and kinship. A winner or loser was never declared but we certainly aired things out. Both of us had extensive academic backgrounds and I think we might have been good for each other.
His artistic background was a true gift to his students, friends and audience. If you ever wondered if anyone would ever understand what the heck you were talking about, Doug would definitely be the guy who did. If you needed time, guidance and respect to grow as a student, that was Doug too. He was an encouraging and creative educator with a gentle presence that pushed you toward success. He provided a structure that allowed students to find answers, create ideas and make artistic statements that might influence our culture. Thank you for that goodness Doug.
I could write on for hours but will simply end by saying farewell friend. My life was already good, so how in the world did you make it so much better? All I can say is thanks. I'll miss you until we meet again.
Dr. Ralph LeCompte
August 11, 2020
Over ten years ago, Doug invited me to visit his art students and make art together. Those three days with Doug had a great impact on me - and more importantly i felt his impact on his students and community. We had so many laughs and great conversations. I was in awe of his openness and ability to live life fully in the moment - a true inspiration to everyone around him. So kind, smart and brave. I was fortunate for that time together and grateful we remained friends and shared ideas for many years to follow. I hope you, your family, community and friends find peace. much love, Lee
Lee Walton
August 8, 2020
I got to know Doug while serving on the Richland Arts Commission. Quietly thoughtful and courteous, he was always focused on the problem at hand yet kept an eye on the future ramifications of the topic. I am deeply saddened at his passing. The community will be less for his loss.
Richard Reuther
August 7, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 7, 2020
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Myrna Wansik
August 6, 2020
Glad I knew you Doug, you were rare, a good guy, you’ll be missed.
Ruben Gonzales
August 6, 2020
Doug, RIP ! God bless you! I am so so so sorry!
Beata Szechy
August 6, 2020
Our deepest sympathies .Doug was a wonderful person and friend, and we are so sorry ...keeping you in our thoughts.
Dale Gilliam & Eden Bowie
August 6, 2020
So sorry to hear about Doug's passing. He was such a kind soul, may he rest in peace. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in all your wonderful memories together.
Julie Sijgers
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