We are deeply saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Zack David Castlow, age 32, of Temple, a dedicated first responder for the Central Bell County Fire Department in Nolanville. He was not only a firefighter but also a volunteer for various local Bell County Fire Departments, always willing to step in and lend a hand when needed. Zack's passion for fighting fires and helping others was truly remarkable, and his impact on the community will forever be remembered.
Born on October 7, 1990, in Temple, Zack attended school in Belton. He loved working alongside his father, Lewis Castlow, his brother, Drew Richardson, as well as his best friends Dylan Steffan and Doug McKinney at L&G Sound. The fun times they had all working together will be cherished always. In 2022, Zack met Cheyenne Cook. Zack and Cheyenne were looking forward to sharing their lives together as husband and wife. During their time together they shared countless great memories.
Zack was known for being dependable, selfless, and hardworking. He possessed a genuine kindness that touched the lives of everyone he encountered. Always willing to go above and beyond for others, he was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back without hesitation. Even in death, Zack continues to save lives as an organ donor because that's just who he was – someone who cared deeply about making a difference.
Aside from his commitment to serving his community and tackling fires head-on, Zack had a passion for all types of music and often enjoyed spending time at the coast and fishing with his beloved Pop.
Zack's proudest accomplishment undoubtedly lies in his role as a firefighter. His dedication to protecting lives and property was unwavering; it was a calling he embraced wholeheartedly. Countless individuals have been touched by the courage and resilience he displayed day in and day out on the job.
On August 4th, 2023, tragedy struck as Zack passed away unexpectedly in Temple, Texas. Despite the sorrow that enveloped his loved ones, they found solace knowing that through organ donation, Zack's legacy of saving lives would continue. His selflessness will forever be remembered.
Zack's memory will be honored during two significant services. The visitation will take place on Friday, August 11th, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Northside Baptist Church located at 1800 US-190 BUS in Nolanville. The funeral service will follow at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 12th, 2023 at the same location. These services provide an opportunity for family, friends, and community members to come together and celebrate a life well-lived. After services you are invited to join them in his final ride as his fire truck takes him past his station and to Temple where his cremation will take place.
In addition to his vast network of friends and colleagues touched by his warmth and dedication to service, Zack leaves behind a loving wife, Cheyenne Cook; his father and stepmother Lewis and Gena Castlow; his mother and stepfather Debbie and Craig Ordner; his brother and sister-in-law Drew and Melanie Richardson; his nephew Owen Richardson; his niece Stella Richardson; his sister Elizabeth Ordner; his uncle David Centers; his aunt Kathy Denton; his grandmother Georgia Centers; numerous cherished family members, and many dear friends.
Zack was preceded in death by his grandfather Donnie Centers – a loss that undoubtedly impacted him deeply.
During this time of mourning and remembrance, let us celebrate Zack's remarkable life by emulating the kindness he exuded. May we find comfort in knowing that he brought light into the lives of those around him. As we say our goodbyes to this extraordinary firefighter, husband, son, brother, and friend let us remember him for the countless good times while honoring the love he shared with those closest to him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made in Zack Castlow’s name to Negrete Firefighter Foundation INC, a non-profit organization that assists young adults pursue their dreams of becoming a firefighter.