Written by The Herald-News
Marvin Fast, 92, died July 19, 2013, at Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center in Scobey.
Born May 7, 1921, on the family homestead in Lustre, 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 since 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.
He enjoyed his grandchildren and the grandchildren enjoyed visiting the farm and “working” with Grandpa and driving the four-wheeler.
He retired from farming in 2000. In 2008, Marvin and Esther moved to Scobey where he resided at the Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter P. Fast and Nettie (Ratslaff) Fast; two brothers, Walter and Ervin Fast; two sisters, Evangeline Wiens and Edna Fast; three infant siblings; and an infant granddaughter, Lauren Handran.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther Fast; five sons, Gary Fast of Lustre, Terry Fast of Wolf Point, Dale Fast of Salem, Ore., Ricky Fast of Salem, Ore., and Kevin Fast of Belgrade; two daughters, Wanda Ault of Wolf Point and Glenda Fladager of Scobey; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Family received friends from 5 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. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.