1957 – 2019

Merrill “Rusty” Gaunt, age 61, passed away May 9, 2019 in Bakersfield, CA. Rusty was born to Mel and Lois Gaunt on September 6, 1957 in Taft, CA. Rusty graduated from Taft Union High School. He married Rose Mary Gonzales on February 25, 1983. They have three beautiful children that he was so proud of and adored. But then the three grandchildren came along and Rusty had a new found love of life. They became his whole world. As a child Rusty enjoyed going camping with his brother and dad. He also enjoyed family outings, camping at the Pismo Dunes, riding three wheelers, and driving our old 32 Wileys Jeep. He enjoyed going to the Derby Acres Park in the summer evenings where they had activities for the whole family and friends could just hang out. Rusty had some pretty funny sayings. His favorite one was, when some one would ask the time his response would be, “ oh about half past a freckle, quarter to a hair .” Rusty didn’t talk much, but when he got started you couldn’t shut him up. Rusty is survived by his sisters, Mary Bowen and husband, Kevin, Raeleen Gunter and husband Kial; brother Ray Gaunt and wife, Joni; his wife, Rose Gaunt; his daughter, Alisa Yates and her husband, Daniel; his sons, Marcus Gaunt and his wife, Amy, Ryan Gaunt and Patrick Gonzales; his grandchildren, Kara, Nathan, and Alexsa Yates; plus several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Rusty is preceded in death by his parents Mel and Lois Gaunt. Services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft, CA 93268. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest. www.GreenlawnM-c.com.