Lt. Col, Theo Allen Mastin, Jr., US Army (Ret) - lovingly known as Ted – laid down his working tools October 20, 2023, at the age of 83 in Albuquerque, NM. Having fought a 26-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, he can now play golf and ride his motorcycle again in heaven. Born in Ft. Stockton, TX in 1940, his father, TA Mastin, Sr. was a core driller for Phillips Petroleum Co. at the time. When he was a year old, Phillips moved them to the panhandle of Texas, and Pampa became his home until he married our Mom in 1962 when they made their home in Lubbock, TX. Ted was raised in Bowers City Camp of Phillips Petroleum. He attended Hopkins I.S.D. Elementary, Pampa Junior High, and Pampa High School. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education, guidance & counseling from Texas Tech University. Ted joined the Texas National Guard in 1959 and thus began his career with the US Army. While active duty he served two tours during the Vietnam conflict and received the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Combat Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge. Separating from active duty in 1972, he was with the 156th ASG as an Executive Officer for the Army Reserve. He was Civilian Army as the Staff Supply Specialist for the HQ, 156th SPT GP. After retirement he worked for the Texas department of Workforce Solutions specializing in Veterans benefits. Ted was a Mason and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason 09/10/1992. He served as Worshipful Master, Hurst Masonic Lodge #1387 in 2001-02 and 2017-18 and Worshipful Master at Chalk Mountain Masonic Lodge #894 in 2007-08. He served as Chaplain five times and was PHP and PTIM at Hurst Chapter and Council and an active member of the Moslah Shrine and Legion of Honor Member. He was highly involved in helping new members learn rites and progress through the degrees of Freemasonry. Ted had over 31 years of Masonic service. He was a faithful Episcopalian for over 60 years and was involved as Vestry Member, Sr. Warden, Jr. Warden, Acolyte Master, Sunday School teacher, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. Wherever he lived, he became a loyal member of the Episcopal community.
Our Dad feared nothing. He was the original “MacGyver.” He could build, fix, or create anything. He was a Cub Scout Master, and Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster – having obtained the level of Star Scout himself. Ted was a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator – K5EWT - and an Emergence Area Traffic Coordinator, NAVY MARS. He was an expert marksman. He loved cars, trains, clocks, motorcycles, road runners, windmills, watermelon, ice cream and dogs. He enjoyed “tinkering,” fishing, camping, smoking his pipe, photography – he did so much in 83 years.
Ted is survived by his five children – Lisa, Dian, Sheri, Christy and George. Nine grand kids and seven great-grand kids. He leaves behind a legacy with the Mastin name in Albuquerque.
We would like to thank everyone at Enchanted Living of NM for the love and excellent care our Dad received the last six months. Thank you for loving our Dad. Also, many thanks to everyone at High Desert Hospice who attended to our Dad.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 11:00am. Hope In The Desert Episcopal Church 8700 Alameda Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122 with a reception to follow. The Masonic burial will be Monday, November 20, 2023, at 10:00am. Memory Gardens of Pampa 2215 N. Price Rd., Pampa, TX 79065.
If needed, please reach out to the family at 505-228-3250. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Ted’s name to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Texas, 815 Market St. Galveston, Texas 77550.