Paul Michael Kastner

October 10, 1959October 29, 2020

With profound sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Paul Michael Kastner on Thursday, October 29th, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. He left with a smile on his face and his family at his side.

Paul was born on October 10th, 1959 in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Huntsville, Texas. He relocated to Dallas to attend technical school and went on to build a successful career in IT. He raised his two sons, Murray Martin Kastner and Tyler Michael Kastner in Frisco with their mother Gwendolynn Murray. He will be remembered for being an extremely proud and loving father.

Paul lived and loved unapologetically. He was boistrous, playful, and impacted the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him both personally and professionally. He lived to make his family proud and was never afraid to give a warm hug and say “I Love You”. He loved his snake skin boots, his crafts, his late night cocktails, and always cooked fabulous meals that were enough to feed a village. Paul was a loyal friend, a determined leader, a man of faith, and always filled a room with his charismatic laugh, his unique sense of humor, and joy for life. He was loved by many and will be missed greatly.

Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Steven Kastner. He is survived by his two sons, Murray Martin Kastner and Tyler Michael Kastner; father, Richard Martin Kastner; mother, Darleen Hager Kastner; sister, Beth Kastner Rossi; brother in-law Gregory Paul Rossi; daughter in-law Whitney Murchison-Kastner, nieces and nephews, and his long time girlfriend and partner, Gina Gabriano.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at Lifepoint Church in Plano, Texas at 10:00 AM.

Flowers deliveries may be sent to:

Tyler Kastner 4210 Fairmount Street Apt. #5056 Dallas, Texas 75219

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Maria Vining

November 20, 2020

I will miss Paul! I really will! But I know my brother in Christ is in Heaven and it's just a matter of time to celebrate good times again! My heart breaks for his treasured Gina and his kids because there's just no denying that Paul brought such life and energy to a gathering! I knew Paul through LifePoint Church .... joined the "Work in Progress" life group and made fabulous memories there. I found him to be a good friend who was unashamed of his faith and lived it out as authentically as he could. He was never shy about doing life as a group ... always checking in with me and encouraging me. He was very generous with helping out those in need and jumped at any opportunities to provide help! Our group went to breakfast together one morning and we all realized that we were wearing boots and Paul and I insisted that we had to document it! Just good, good fun! Good, good friendships! I don't think I can put on a pair of cowboy boots without thinking of Paul. Love you brother!!

Suli Arthur

November 19, 2020

I can't get over the fact that I won't see Paul again at church. The last time I saw him was at a birthday party. He gave me a giant bear hug which I always appreciated. He also encouraged me after learning of a relationship that had ended. He was always asking me about how I was or what was going on. He was funny and loud and happy and fiercely protective of Gina and I'm sure of his kids. He just seemed to be a big father figure. Praying for his family. I'm sorry for your loss. I know we will see Paul again in Heaven.

Dawn Mercer

November 15, 2020

I have many great memories of Paul. He was my "Kroger" pal; we ran into each other every couple weeks at our local grocery store, searching out ingredients for our next culinary treat. Paul and I shared a love for cooking, and I cherish the talks we had, comparing our recipes or raving about one dish or another. I fondly remember running my cart into his (pretending it to be an accident) and surprising him several times in the produce section. Our Life Group, perfectly named, "Work in Progress" celebrated each one's flaws and our perfect gift of Jesus Christ's grace and mercy. Paul and I took cooking and winning seriously, entering our "Work In Progress" group in the church Chili Cookoff, determined to have the best booth AND chili. We took home three awards that year, and we never forgot that win. He lived life "bigly," was quick to help a person in need, and loved deeply. We all knew how proud he was of his boys - he loved hosting them for weekly dinner at his place when they were younger. He loved and cherished his beautiful Gina. We will miss his big laugh, his fancy boots and his love of country. Rest in peace, brother. We love you, see you in heaven!

Michele Pomella

November 14, 2020

I have known paul for over 31 years. There is something disarming about someone so unapologetically themself. We worked at 3 different companies together and went through many life challenges over the years.
I loved how he got giddy delight by giving a special gift to others. One in particular was early in his relationship with Gina, he had seen a purse made out of a vinyl record from one of her favorite bands. He thought it was so perfect he talked about it for weeks to anyone who would listen. This was only 1 of many stories about giving.
We did not always agree, but always understood and accepted each other. He was perfectly imperfect and I will miss him dearly.

Rest In Peace Paul and please keep an eye out for my son Geoff on your journey. I am sure he can use one of your big warm hugs from all of us.
All my love - Michele

Genaro Estrada

November 13, 2020

Paul and I go back many years. We worked together and became good friends and I was honored to be a groomsman when he and Gwen married. He always made anyone and everyone feel welcomed. He had a carisma like no one else. His Love of Life and Family and his smile, laughter and compassion will be truly be missed. My Deepest Condolences to Gwendolyn, His Sons, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, and his Girlfriend Gina
May God Bless You Always - Genaro

Douglas McHatton

November 12, 2020

Paul; Here is to you buddy and all the passion you shared with me and Angela when we got together!! You always made us smile and laugh LMAO, my friend.
i know this you are an amazing man that is watching us all from the front row of heaven.
Look forward to seeing again my friend and I will miss you dearly, especially that chile, bahahahahaha.
God Bless and i am so sad you had to go so early , but i know GOD had bigger things for you to tend to. Love Doug

Diana Yau

November 12, 2020

When I think of Paul, so many things come to mind. I loved his big boisterous personality. You always knew when Paul had arrived at a party. He was generous and loving too! I’m so glad I had the privilege of knowing him and calling him my friend and my brother in Christ.

Gina Gabriano

November 12, 2020

I met Paul at the Down Under Pub in Frisco, TX. He seemed like a fun guy, big personality. So big though that when he asked me out, I turned him down. He kind of scared me. I kept running into him over the next couple of months (I found out later that was not as random as I thought it was). Then one early Sunday evening at the Pub, I ran into Paul (again) but this time, he wasn't quite the same. When I asked him what's up, he said that Sunday is 'family day.' You go to church, lunch, just spend time with family. Paul was divorced at this time and it was the 'other weekend.' Then, he started to liven up and I remember him talking about his idea to open a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant. This was the day I began to fall in love with Paul. We had some rough patches in the early years. But as we both conquered demons, our relationship grew stronger and more intimate. He was such a loving man with a beautiful heart.


Floyd Williams

November 10, 2020

I have known Paul since we were young men growing up in Huntsville, Tx. We cut up like a new pair of We even worked on some jobs together after High School. I will miss him very much. Paul was a solid cat.

Gail Williams

November 10, 2020

To the family and friends of Paul, please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Paul. I have been friends with his sister, Beth Kastner Rossi for many years. If Paul was anything like Beth, he was a fabulous person.


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