Hilton Durward “Dur” Masters, 86, of Newark, Ohio, unexpectedly died July 6, 2017, at his home.
Masters was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served in occupied Germany following WWII. Before his retirement, he worked in the railroad industry for 42 years. He hired out with B&O Railroad as a conductor/brakeman. Before the former UTU was formed, Masters served as a local chairperson for the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (one of the four UTU predecessor unions). He was a member of UTU Local 404 located in Newark, Ohio. Under the UTU, he served as general chairperson for B&O/CSX GO 49. After serving as general chairperson, Masters was elected to the executive board, before he was elected to the position of international vice president at the 1983 and 1987 conventions.
Masters was also a member of the UTU/SMART TD Alumni Association, American Legion Post #85 and VFW Post #1060. An avid sports fan, he was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.
Masters is survived by his daughter, Susan (Tim) Moore; grandsons, Brian Moore, Tyler (Natasha) Moore; great grandson, Jackson Moore; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilton Masters and Dorothy (Corder) Masters-Zipperer; wife, Ruth Marie (Stough) Masters; and brothers, William Dwayne Masters and Fred Zipperer.
Alternate to the Transportation Division’s Executive Board Jeremy Don Brooks has joined the Executive Board following the retirement of former board member Steve Dawson March 1.
Brooks has been employed by Union Pacific Railroad since 2004 and received promotion to engineer in 2007. Since then, he’s been active in the affairs of Local 937 at Mart, Texas. Brooks began his union career by serving as alternate delegate for his local. He rose through the ranks quickly, serving as local chairperson, vice general chairperson for UP General Committee of Adjustment GO 927 and then first vice chairperson for the committee. He currently serves as the chairperson for Local 937. According to the SMART Constitution, Brooks was automatically elevated to the board upon
To fill the vacancy in the alternate position, the Board of Directors elected Union Pacific GO 887 General Chairperson Gary W. Crest to the alternate Executive Board seat.
Crest began his railroad career in 1993 when he hired out with Copper Basin Railway. In 1997, Crest joined UP in Tucson, Ariz. His union career began in 2003, when he was elected to the position of vice local chairperson of Local 807 at Tucson. He was elected by acclamation in both 2007 and 2011 to the position of local chairperson.
Crest has also served as delegate for the local since 2011. In 2010, he was elected to the position of vice general chairperson of UP GO 887 and was reelected by acclamation in 2011. He was elected general chairperson in January 2015. Crest currently resides in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Board of Directors notified Crest of his election April 17.