November 25, 2020, age 63
FAIRFIELD—Jeffrey Jon Rast went home to his Savior on November 25, 2020. With a heart devoted to God, Jeff was purposeful and passionate. His legacy and impact continue, but his friendship and presence will be deeply missed.
Born on December 2, 1956 in Gooding, ID, Jeff was the first child to Don and Naomi Rast. Despite a couple moves, Camas County was always home. In his junior year of high school at a Christian youth conference, Jeff realized his knowledge of Christ had been merely that, at which point he surrendered his life to Christ. He graduated Camas County High School in 1975, earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Idaho, then began ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ.
Jeff met his future wife, Carol, at New Staff training in Colorado. With a life-long vision for spreading God’s love and truth, he spent the next two years sharing Christ in Turkey and parts of Europe, all the while long-distance dating Carol who was doing ministry in the Dominican Republic.
Jeff and Carol married in 1982 and moved to California where he got his Master of Divinity from the International School of Theology. Here they welcomed their first child, Sarah, and he helped start the first of the three churches he would help plant and pastor over his life. After three years they moved back to Fairfield and welcomed their second child, Joshua.
During his years in Camas County, Jeff worked as the Extension Agricultural Agent to help local farmers and wrote for a Northwest coalition about alternatives to pesticides. He helped create the Camas Medical Services Board and Camas Medical Clinic. Jeff began teaching science at Camas County High School in 2001 and served as Principal from 2008 to 2017. All these were fueled by his passion for science and education, as well as love for people and desire to help them reach their full potential.
Jeff and Carol were married for 38 years. They built and developed their 10-acre Prairie Sun Farm where Jeff built their home and Carol continues to raise a 2-acre organic commercial garden. He loved hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and being in the great outdoors. A favorite place to visit was Yellowstone National Park. He was always first to arrive at a potluck, enthusiastically enjoyed all things football, and loved snuggling his grandbabies.
Jeff was focused and determined and strived to use things in the way God intended, even in the way he and Carol treated his cancer for the final eight years of his life. His testimony to God’s faithfulness was daily, and the presence of Jesus was his steadying hope and vision.
Surviving family members include his wife, Carol; his brothers Keith of Boise, ID, Nathan of Newman Grove, NE, and Ben of Tacoma, WA; his daughter Sarah (Daniel) Tompkins of Tacoma, WA and their children Adrianne, Micah, Stella, Robbie and Naomi; and his son Joshua (Lindsay) of Bozeman, MT and their children Oliver and Katelyn.
A celebration of life will be held on a later date.
Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.
Condolences, memories and photos can be shared with the family by following the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.