Long time Fort Bend Lawman dies
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Fort Bend County’s longest serving lawman dies just shy of his 85th birthday. R.L. “Tiny” Gaston began his law enforcement career as Richmond police chief in the late 40’s. According to legend, he was old enough to carry a gun but not old enough to buy the bullets. Bullets had to be purchased by the mayor, Hilmar Moore.
“Tiny” served as the Richmond police for many years, he left Richmond when he was elected Sheriff. He was Fort Bend County Sheriff for four terms before resigning to run for County Judge in the 70’s.
After losing his bid for County Judge, he returned to the sheriff’s office as an administrator. He then again entered an elected office in the mid 80’s as Precinct 1 Constable until his retirement in 1997.
Arrangements are pending.
More on the life and legend of “Tiny” Gaston will follow next week.
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