Troy Dustin Gatz was born September 19, 1985 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Donald G. Gatz and Kelly (Padilla) Dahms. He was the 2nd child of five. At an early age Troy accepted Christ as his personal savior. Troy attended school in Meeker, Oklahoma. He is remembered by many for the sports he played at Meeker High School. Two noted accomplishments are playing in the Oklahoma High School State Basketball Tournament and pitching a perfect game on Father’s Day.
He met and was united with Katie Huerta for the last 9 years. Troy has two beautiful children Haiden and Carter. Troy’s favorite thing to do was binge watch Netflix on the couch with Katie while eating all kinds of snacks.
Troy was a loving and caring person to family, friends and co-workers. Everyone recognized his loving heart by simply watching him interact with his two children, revealing his love for them and others.
Troy enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. Another passion Troy had was cooking. He could make some of the best dishes! Many loved and appreciated his quick wit and humor; he was a joy to be with.
Troy was employed by Delta Café for 10 years, as a cook and manager. He had worked as a pipe fitter for 6 years, currently worked with Mac Fire Systems.
Troy departed this life on March 11, 2020 at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City at the age of 34.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory one daughter, Haiden Elise Gatz, and one son, Carter Troy Gatz. Troy was also preceded in death by his mother and his grandfathers, Albert Padilla and Dennis Penson.
Survivors include Katie, his two children, father, two brothers, Alan Gatz and wife Candice, Marshal Gatz; two sisters, Heather Dahms, Chestney Smith and husband Jeremy; grandparents, Donald W. Gatz and wife Kathy, Donna Thompson and husband Dudley, Elaine Penson; stepmother, Janelle Gatz; in-laws, Ignacio and MaryAnn Silva; 3 nieces, Brynlee and Baylee Gatz, Gracie Smith; 1 nephew, Tucker Smith; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Meeker First Baptist Church, 625 Loy St., in Meeker.
Services are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.
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