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Dr. John David Gaston

Dr. John David Gaston of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

He was born on December 27, 1956 in Russellville, Arkansas, a son of the late James Mack Gaston and Martha Laverne (Jones) Gaston. He served in the United States Air Force in Pararescue and in the Army as a Physician. He owned and operated his own clinic, Simply Family Medicine in Fayetteville, which served uninsured patients throughout NWA. He was an avid runner, cyclist, drummer, hiker, and he volunteered with Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief teams. He loved supporting his kids in football, cross country, and band. He was a member of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas.     

Dr. Gaston is survived by his wife of 29 years, Diane (Lee) Gaston; his first son, John David Gaston, Jr. and wife, Kerry of Russellville, Arkansas, and his four children, Samuel Gaston, Thomas Gaston, Sarah Gaston, and Faith Gaston all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Isabella Gaston; four brothers, Thomas Andrew Gaston of Russellville, Arkansas, James Mack Gaston, Jr. and wife, Wendy of Winslow, Arkansas, Timothy Gaston and wife, JoAnne of Dardanelle, Arkansas, Daniel Richard Gaston and wife, Cheris of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Rebecca Lynn Brown and husband, David of Russellville, Arkansas. 

John loved his family, loved his patients, and will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the Chapel at Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas. To sign the online guest book please visit www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention for disaster relief.  

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Hi, my name is Wayne Marshall and John and I served in the Air Force together when we were stationed at Kirkland AFB NM back in 1984-85. We both got out of the AF around 1985. John moved to Boulder Colorado with aspirations of becoming a professional bicycle racer. When I got out in April of 1985 I went home for a short time and then began riding my bicycle across America. I spent several days with John and his roommates from June 1st to June 3rd 1985 as I was passing through Colorado. On my bicycle tour across America I gave my life to Jesus Christ and was born again in Him. After my tour John and I stayed in touch for several years and it was during those years that John rediscovered Jesus and recommitted his life to serving Him. I found out today, May 7, 2020 that my dear friend is no longer with us. I just sat and cried as I read his obituary. John was a good one and one of a kind. Knowing that he put his faith in Christ reassures me that we will meet again but I know the world will never be the same again without John. Yours in Christ Jesus, Wayne

wayne marshall May 7 2020 12:00 AM

One of the best doctors I have ever known! Was my Dr for many years and insurance caused me to choose in my network and I hadnt seen him for a few.i just saw where he went home to be with the Lord! He will be greatly missed and hes loved by so many all over the world! What a beautiful soul he has! He truly helped me so much by understanding

Rhonda Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear. Dr gaston was such a warm and wonderful man. He was my doctor for 15 years and will be dearly missed. He was always ready to help and listen

Elisabeth bostian Oct 25 2017 12:00 AM

I cant put into words how im feeling right now. Dr. Gaston has been my primary doctor since he had his office down the road from Wal-Mart by the mall. My mind is blank of the name of the street. Then he went to Fiesta Square, then over by Hobby Lobby, and on to Township. This had to have happened no more than a week before I last seen him.He was the best doctor. I have insurance but even though he didn't take insurance, I refused to go find another doctor. Our next appointment was 6 months from August. I am saddened to hear of this. I just happened to drive by his office 2 days ago and notice something looked different. It looked empty. He was always so understanding and helpful. I dont know what else to say. You will be greatly missed Dr. Gaston. Thankyou and prayers for his family.

stacey berkshire Oct 5 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. John Gaston

stacey berkshire Oct 5 2017 12:00 AM

Our family has been seeing Dr. Gaston for 11 year even back when he was with North West.

I was so saddened today when I found out he was gone. We referred him to a friend and when they called they told us the sad sad news.

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

He will be greatly missed...

The William Booher Family

The Boohers Oct 4 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. John Gaston

Emily Bryant Sep 18 2017 12:00 AM

Dr. Gaston saved my life, and my sanity. I will never forget what he did for me. Rest easy, sir.

Emily Bryant Sep 18 2017 12:00 AM

I was quite saddened to hear of John's passing. He was the most compassionate doctor and loving Christian family man. I just heard of his passing Friday from my pharmacist. My condolences and prayers to you all.

Jennifer Mann Sep 16 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your's and the community's loss. Dr Gaston, a good and trusted man whom I will miss visiting with. He always spoke proudly of his family.

David Burrow Aug 31 2017 12:00 AM

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