Evertt W. Kastner
Evertt W. "Bud" Kastner
Our father, Evertt W. "Bud" Kastner, passed away in the early morning hours of July 13th, in our family home, at the age of 69.
He was born February 26th, 1937 in Jamestown, North Dakota to Evertt and Bernice Kastner. He moved to Medford, Oregon when he was 10 years old. He attended Roosevelt Elementary, McLoughlin Jr. High and Medford High School. He was an accomplished student and a gifted athlete. He was a varsity letterman in basketball and football and earned four varsity letters in track and field. As a senior, he was the only athlete to be named to all conference teams in three sports. in 1955 he won the Larry Schade Athlete of the Year Award.
Following high school he attended the University of Oregon on a basketball and track scholarship and later attended Southern Oregon College.
On June 9th, 1958 in Reno, Nevada, he married our mother, Iris L. Frazier, who he loved and adored for 48 years. They left the Rogue Valley briefly, but returned to Medford in 1964 where they settled permanently and raised their family.
In 1968 Dad decided to pursue his dream of farming and became an independent fruit grower which he truly enjoyed and took great pride in. He worked long, hard days, never complaining, and retired, deservingly after 32 years, in 2000.
Dad enjoyed athletics, mastering every sport he ever participated in. At one time, he had a golf handicap of two. He was an avid sports fan. His favorite pastimes were fishing on the ocean in his boat and spending time at the family beach home in Smith River, California. He enjoyed many trips with his beloved friend of 17 years, a golden labrador retriever named Mike.
Our father was a humble man, compassionate and generous sometimes to a fault. He was a true champion of the underdog and in the most difficult of times he possessed the gift of making you feel that everything would be all right.
He was also stubborn and insistent on doing things his way, and that is how he was to the very end. He left this world as he would have wanted to, unexpectedly and peacefully, asleep in his favorite chair, in the home he loved, with our mother close by.
He is survived by his wife, Iris; two daughters, Vicki and Trace, and a son, Darren; five grand-daughters, Jordan Kokich, Jane Sexton, Tenley Kokich, Brittni Kastner, and Lucy Sexton; and two grandsons, Adrian Kokich and Kyle Kastner. He was preceded in death by his parents and one child.
Our father was a character and unlike anyone else we will ever know. We are thankful for the time we had with him and grateful to have been his children. He is loved and missed...unforgettable and irreplaceable.