Martin Gastanaga
1966 - 2016
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Martin Gastanaga

June 24, 1966

May 14, 2016

Martin Patrick Gastanaga (49) died May 14, 2016 in a tragic motorcycle accident. Martin lived a life of great adventure, excitement, love and laughter. Born June 24, 1966 in Reno, Nevada, Martin was proud to be a fourth generation Nevadan. He spent his childhood in Lake Tahoe, moved to Reno in high school and graduated from Reno High in 1985. He attended UNR but got sidetracked opening his first business, Aztech Cyberspace, with his dear friend Jay MacDonald which later became Twelve Horses. He held various positions in the technology industry and was most recently employed with Renown Medical Center.

His family, friends and mostly his son, Keltin Gastanaga, were the focus of his life. He was known for working hard and playing even harder. He has been described as "An incredible mix of irreverent rock and roller and big hearted mellow monster". Martin had too many adventures to list; traveling the world, ski racing, working on a fishing boat in Alaska, camping, cabin trips in Paradise Valley and countless motor cycle adventures across the Northern continent.

He is preceded in death by his mother Nancy Patrick and Grandmother Billie Patrick. Martin is survived by his son Keltin Gastanaga, sisters Jessica Gastanaga and Dena Schmidt (Gerritt Schmidt), father Jose Gastanaga, second mother Gloria Gastanaga, Aunt Mimi Patrick, cousins Kris Lohse and Steve Lohse, niece and nephew Nikki Avera and Gage Avera and countless friends and family whom he loved dearly.

To know Martin is to have a story to share. The family would like you to join them and share your stories in a celebration of life for Martin Saturday May 21st at Bower's Mansion Park, Washoe Pavillion at 1:00pm. In honor of Martin we ask that everyone wear their biggest, boldest sunglasses. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to KNPB or the Fallen Riders Foundation in Martin's name.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on May 19, 2016.
Celebration of Life
01:00 PM
Bower's Mansion Park
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May 23, 2016
We are here for Martins brilliant and fabulous son -Kelton always! I only know Martin as the sweet giant dad of our sons dear friend-Kelton. He is clearly a wonderful and very bright man and this world will miss his precious soul! Our family sends as many hugs and as much support as you need! Much love the O'Keeffes.
demian and shannon and llake O'keeffe
May 23, 2016
Martin, you will be missed on the planet. Thank you for being here.
Debra Deming
May 23, 2016
I only knew Martin for a brief moment in time; however, he filled that moment with a great big smile and positive energy. He will me missed.
Diane Hatfield
May 21, 2016
We send Gods blessings and our sympathy . Martin will always be remembered as one of a kind. Let him bring a smile to you always.
Marilyn Kuenzki -Howell and Kirsten and Karri
May 20, 2016
I are so very sorry and sad for the tragic loss of Martin. I am positive I will never forget Martin. He was one of those people who, when they come into your life, always leaves a mark plus wonderful memories. To be sure, he was a character, full of fun. But he could also focus and achieve so much. He was great to work with and watch as he raced down the hill without abandon. In all my years of Coaching the Reno High Ski Team, he was a standout. It is because of athletics like him, that some of the best times of my life were with the ski racers from Reno High. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Coach Bob Porter
Bob Porter
May 20, 2016
I'll miss you my Brother Earthrider, see you on the next journey.
May 20, 2016
Bless you 'Martoon'. I always considered you one of the good guys. Fly high!!!!!
Terri Nikolaisen
May 19, 2016
Miss you Martin
May 19, 2016
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May 19, 2016
RIP Martin. You always lived your life to the fullest. Some of my best childhood memories were had with Martin and his family . My condolences to the Gastanaga family and all your close friends.

Aaron Prupas
Aaron Prupas
May 19, 2016
Such a nice special man. Our pleasure to have known Martin. May you be safely home and at peace.
James & Juli (Salerno) Scarnati
May 19, 2016
We are so very sorry and sad for the tragic loss of Martin. We will always remember his good heart and adventurous spirit. Sending our deepest sympathy to family and friends.
-The Swall Family and The Oster Family
Suzanne Swall Oster
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