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Masten, John E.

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February 27, 1927 - January 9, 2017

Masten, John E.

John E. Masten died on January 9, 2017 of a sudden heart attack at the age of 89 in Plano, TX.  He was born in Avon, Indiana on February 27, 1927 and lived his life as a man of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Masten; his son, Keith Masten of Plano (wife Deborah); daughter Theresa Howard of Cincinnati (husband Rick); 3 grandchildren, Jason, Ryan, and Erica Howard; and 3 great-grandchildren, Julius, Nadia, and Aryanna; 3 sisters, Doris Carlton (George), Lydia Gibbs (Chub) and Carol Vanlandingham (Roy); 1 brother, Joe Masten (Ruth) and a sister-in-law, Ramona Masten along with many nieces and nephews.

John was a devoted and loving husband; a proud and caring Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.

Helen and John were true partners, best friends and constant companions who shared the same passions for traveling and the outdoors.

John and Helen traveled to Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Prague, and Budapest. They recently went to the Holy Land following in the footsteps of Jesus.  They also enjoyed hiking and have visited most of the U.S. National Parks.

After graduating from Purdue with a B.S. in Agriculture, John worked briefly as an agriculture extension agent for Indiana’s Department of Agriculture. John’s love of farming lead him back to the farm. Early in their marriage, they farmed together for approximately 5-years before John’s back wouldn’t allow him to continue so he went back to Purdue and got his Master’s degree.  That was the beginning of a career which eventually lead him to the Farm Credit Administration working in offices in both Washington D.C. and Louisville, Ky.

A visitation will be held at the Aria Funeral Home on Preston Road in Plano on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:00 at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Plano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews Methodist Church in Plano, TX.

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Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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January 17, 2017 11:50AM

While I'm not sure he knew it, I considered John my surrogate father. Along with all the other people he worked with or supervised, I always felt he was the ideal mentor, friend, and confidant. My fondest recollection is of him in bib overalls in the backyard of an immaculate home in northern Virginian. As the saying goes, "You can take the boy away from the farm, but never take the farm out of the man." I always admired the close relationship between Helen and John. They made me feel welcome in their home, and were always interested in what was happening in my life. I loved John dearly.

Roger and Marsha Ellis

January 14, 2017 3:34AM

Helen- You will probably not remember me. I had the pleasure and honor of working with John at the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Louisville in the 80’s as a credit review officer for Indiana. I remember John as one of the greatest bosses I ever worked for and with. He was kind, sincere, dedicated, and patient and always treated you like you were the only one he needed to be talking to at that time. He was certainly instrumental for me wanting to stay in the credit field. Marsha and I will always remember your kindness and hospitality at the Christmas party you and John hosted in the 80’s. We have you in our thoughts and prayers and may God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Linda & Jim Mallory (Hancock)

January 13, 2017 1:27PM

Helen, we offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time

Linda & Jim Mallory

Mark Leonard

January 13, 2017 12:56PM

I had the honor of working for John early in my Farm Credit Career and later with him at the Farm Credit Administration. I had the utmost respect for John and he taught me many valuable lessons, and I always knew he had my back. John was an excellent boss and mentor and a special friend, and I will miss him. As a co-worker has indicated to me, John will be missed but never forgotten. I know that speaks for the many of us who worked for or with him. Helen - Michelle and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers, always.

Carole Barrett

January 12, 2017 6:46PM

Sandi and I were so privileged to be your across the aisle seat mates during our journey through the Holy Land. John had so many thoughtful questions for Neil that helped us have a better understanding of Israel. I extend to you and all your family a wish that you experience our sympathy on your loss.

Joan Lee

January 12, 2017 10:56AM

I feel so blessed to have known John. He was such a sweet man and kind to everyone. He will be missed by many. Helen and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan Lee

Debbie Blackstone

January 12, 2017 8:42AM

John was a welcoming, kind and gentle man and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who had the opportunity and pleasure to know him.

Sandi Housouer

January 12, 2017 8:10AM

Helen, I remember fondly our time In Israel and the opportunity to know you and John. John was a trooper and both of you such a delight. Please know that my heart is heavy for you and for your family, and that I pray God's richest blessing and comfort for each of you who loved John dearly.

Kate & Steve Huber

January 12, 2017 7:51AM

We will dearly miss seeing John walk through the halls of St. Andrew on Sunday morning. We always loved catching up with your travels and involvement at the church. From when we first met at Alpha so many years ago, you have both been close to our hearts. Helen we will surround you with prayers of love during this difficult time.

Jim & Pat Doerstler

January 12, 2017 7:23AM

Helen, Pat and I were truly saddened to hear of the passing of John. He was certainly instrumental in my professional career for the many years we worked together. We were also friends and that can be rare in today's world. We're thinking of you and your family, May God bless all of you. Jim & Pat

Rick Carpenter

January 11, 2017 6:10PM


I am sure you do not remember me, but I had the pleasure of working with John at the Farm Credit Bank in Louisville in the 80's. I remember John so well as a dedicated, kind and sincere gentleman. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick Carpenter