Gordon Rankin, Former Farwest Corrosion Control Owner, Passes at 91

Photo courtesy of Schertz Funeral Home.

In an emailed press release, Farwest Corrosion Control Company (Farwest) (Downey, California, USA) regretfully announced the passing of former owner Gordon Rankin, who died on April 25, 2024, at the age of 91. A true pioneer in the corrosion control industry, Rankin’s legacy is characterized by leadership, integrity, and service. 

Rankin was born on May 27, 1932, in Pearsall, Texas, and grew up in Cotulla, Texas as well as the family farm outside Cotulla. He began his career in 1957 with Wayne Broyles Engineering (Houston, Texas, USA), where he specialized in installing cathodic protection systems. 

His expertise and leadership led him to California, where he took over the struggling Farwest. Under a handshake agreement in which he was promised 20% ownership of the company upon success, Rankin not only revitalized the company but also became its president and, in 1973, sole owner. 

Through decades of dedication, Rankin transformed Farwest into a leading provider of corrosion control products and services on the West Coast. In 1987, he was elected president of NACE (now AMPP). His commitment to quality and belief in the power of trust built a company that is both a leader in its field and a community of professionals known for integrity. 

Rankin was involved with Farwest for more than 55 years. His leadership extended beyond the company’s success, touching the lives of all who worked with him. H was a mentor, a role model, and a friend to many, and he continued to influence the company and industry long after his official retirement. 

Rankin is survived by his wife Bettie, seven sons and daughters, twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. He will be also be missed by friends, colleagues, and all who knew him. 

A service to celebrate his life and legacy was held on May 3 in New Braunfels, Texas. Details can be found at Schertz Funeral Home.