Marvin Fast, 92, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center in Scobey, Mont.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the EMB Church of Lustre. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, July, 25, at the EMB Church of Lustre, with interment to follow at the EMB Cemetery.
He was born May 7, 1921, on the family homestead in Lustre, Mont., to Peter P. Fast and Nettie (Ratslaff) Fast. He was delivered by the local midwife, Mrs. J.J. Baker. He rode his horse or walked to the grade school near the family farm, the Star School, and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1940.
In 1942, at the beginning of World War II, he was drafted into the Civilian Public Service, as his family observed the Mennonite tradition of conscientious objectors. He was stationed at Belton (now West Glacier) at Glacier Park in western Montana where he served four years working with the telephone crew installing lines and clearing timber as they went.
He married Esther Fast in 1944 while on leave from CPS. When his service was complete, they made their home on Esther’s family farm, purchased from Esther’s parents, who moved to Dallas, Ore. In 1945, their first son, Gary, was born, followed by Terry, Wanda, Dale, Glenda, Ricky, and Kevin.
His favorite pastime was fixing things. He also loved moving dirt with big machines. He built dams, dug trenches and graves -- or whatever anyone needed done that involved moving dirt.
He received Jesus Christ as his Savior at an evangelistic meeting at church while in his early teens. He faithfully attended Sunday school and church all his life. Giving to the church and missions was a priority for him.
He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren and the grandchildren enjoyed visiting the farm and “working” with Grandpa and driving the 4-wheeler.
He retired from farming in 2000. In 2008, he and Esther moved to Scobey where he resided at the Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center until he died.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Ervin Fast; two sisters, Evangeline Wiens and Edna Fast; three infant siblings; an infant granddaughter, Lauren Handran; and son-in-law Dave Handran.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Esther Fast; five sons, Gary Fast and his wife, Marcia, of Lustre, Terry Fast and his wife, Mona, of Wolf Point, Dale Fast and his wife, Sara, of Salem, Ore., Ricky Fast and his wife, Alicia, of Salem, Ore., and Kevin Fast of Belgrade; two daughters, Wanda Ault and her husband, Tom, of Wolf Point, and Glenda Fladager and her husband, Bill, of Scobey; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.