Gary Carl Gast, 88, of Sevierville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 18, 2022 after a long battle with cancer.
Gary was an Electrical Engineer and a registered Professional Engineer. He had two Master’s Degrees, one in Management and one in Space Technology. He worked for Rockwell International as a design engineer, lead engineer and engineering supervisor on aerospace projects including the installation and operational use of test equipment to functionally test and launch Minuteman Missiles and the Apollo Command and Service Modules at Kennedy Space Center. After leaving Rockwell, he worked for the State of Florida as Chief of the Bureau of Telecommunications Systems in the design, installation and administration of telecommunication systems used by state agencies, state universities and local units of government. These systems included telephone systems installed in state office buildings; statewide and nationwide voice and data networks; statewide emergency telephone “911” systems and Centralized Attendant Service (CAS) Systems. He was the project engineer on re-engineering the state agency communications from analog to digital; the establishment and implementation of a pilot test for an integrated voice/data network; and working on video teleconferencing technology research and testing. He retired from the State of Florida in 1999 and moved to East Tennessee.