David Warren Hastings came into this world on February 13, 1944 in St. David, AZ. – born of goodly parents William Grant and Mary Stella Hastings who he honored all his life.
Dave didn’t care much for chit chat and nonsense but he appreciated good conversation and he highly valued his family, faith and hard work. If you were to draw attention to his immensely kind heart, his integrity, his work ethic, his devotion to the Lord, or any of his other endearing characteristics like his bright blue eyes or engaging smile, he would shift the attention to how beautiful his wife, Norma, was or how talented and good his children, Sheri, Shawn, Shannon, Sonny, Scott, Sandi, Spencer, and Sterling were. He would draw your attention to how great his sons-in-law and daughters-in-law were. He would tell you how proud he was of his 30 grandchildren, and 1 1/2 great grandchildren. Nothing gave him more joy than his family. Well, his family and roping. His family and roping and George Strait. Ok, his family, roping, George Strait, good steak and teaching his children and other boys how to work.
His wife, Norma, says of him “Dave lifted me to be my best self. He always enjoyed life and got the most out of it. From great expectations of his children and grandchildren – to working hard and always doing his best in whatever he did. He is an exceptional man and husband who simply appreciates the beauty of all kinds and loved to share good things – like the beautiful full moon, the sunset, the wonderful view of the mountains and especially the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love him with all my heart.”
Throughout his life, Dave was often frustrated by his inability to articulate what was in his heart. Those who knew him didn’t need to be told. Dave lived it. Dave knew “the difference between living and living well.” His love was unreserved, evident and immense. His testimony of and love for Jesus Christ was reflected in all he quietly did. Dave was the epitome of a loving husband, father, Papa, and above all, a follower of Jesus Christ. Look at his family who knew him best – watch how their eyes light up and their smiles can’t be contained when they talk about their favorite cowboy. That’s all you need to see to know who Dave Hastings truly was.
Dave peacefully passed away May 10, 2021 at 10:52pm in his home surrounded by his wife of 53 years and ALL of his children. Thoughtful to the last, Dave rode his Gator off into the sunset just in time for his daughter, Sharlene’s birthday. She had been waiting for him in heaven since returning there as an infant. They are together now, waiting for the rest of us to join them in the “eternal” arena!
Preceded in death by his parents, William Grant and Mary Stella Hastings, brother Bob and daughter, Sharlene. Survived by wife, Norma, 8 children, 30 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and sister Ann Maready.
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For those that are unable to attend, the funeral service can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/iBoZN0pPje4