Resort operator Jim Gaston dies at 73 | Arkansas Blog

Monday, July 13, 2015

Resort operator Jim Gaston dies at 73

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Jim Gaston, who operated Gaston's White River Resort and was one of the state's most influential members of the tourism industry as a life member of the state Parks and Tourism Commission, died early this morning at age 73, the Baxter Bulletin reports.

Gaston's father started the family resort 50 years ago with 20 acres and six small cottages and boats. It now covers 400 acres, two miles of river frontage, 79 cottages, 200 boats and a 3200-foot airstrip.

A visitor's center at the Bull Shoals-White River State Park is named in his honor.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Mike Masterson had this news prematurely Sunday, the day before Gaston's death, when he wrote:

Godspeed, Jim Gaston

Fondest farewell to Jim Gaston, the legendary Arkansas outdoorsman, free spirit, photographer, patriot, friend to many and truly honorable man whose Gaston's White River Resort for decades has entertained and enriched the lives of untold thousands.

Jim died last week in Mountain Home. Now he's at peace and will always be remembered as a man who brought so much happiness to the lives of others. Godspeed on floating your crystalline river through eternity, Jim.

Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home, which confirms the death was today, will be handling funeral arrangements.

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