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Daniel "Dan" E. Hastings

Died: Thu., Aug. 15, 2013

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STEVENSVILLE - Daniel E. "Dan" Hastings died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, three days short of his 67th birthday. He was born Aug. 18, 1946, the eldest of nine in Butte, America, to Ed and Ann (O'Gara) Hastings. He attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Butte Central High School in 1964. The following year, he and his close friend E.J. Gordon enlisted in the Navy. He served aboard the USS Repose until his honorable discharge.

Dan married Terry Wallace of Butte and had three children, Mike, Shauna and Steve. They were later divorced. In 1978, he married Barbara (Swick) Hastings in Miles City. They immediately moved to Missoula and a few years later to the Stevensville area, where they have resided since.

Before retiring, Dan had worked a total of 26 years in the electrician/fiber-optic trade (majority with Mountain Bell/US West/Qwest). During his retirement, he found out that "idle hands are the devil's workshop" and returned to work before retiring again in 2007.

Dan was a staunch union supporter and was a union steward of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 233 for many years.

During retirement, he was active in the American Legion Post 94 and recently served as commander, a title of which he was extremely proud. Dan was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Mountains Council. He enjoyed many activities, but was always happiest when he was with family. He realized a lifelong dream with a trip to Ireland in 2007.

Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; infant brother, Michael; and sister, Patti (Trevena). He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara; his five children, Michael of Missoula, Shauna (Bob) Yelverton of Wichita, Kan., Steve of Horatio, Ark., David of Laurel and Danny of Missoula; grandchildren, Chance and Sierra; brothers and sisters, Mary Kay Rowlett of Cottage Grove, Ore., Jodi (Ed) Morgan of Coeur d'Alene Idaho, Sharon (Randy) Guizzo of Butte, Ed (Diane) Hastings of Helena, Tom Hastings of Helena and John (Tawana) Hastings of Iowa; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Also surviving Dan are his mother-in-law, Ethel Swick of Miles City; and brothers-in-law, Bruce (Carol) Swick of Helena and Bob (Jeanne) Swick of Moorhead, Minn., and their families.

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at St. Mary's Parish, 333 Charlos, in Stevensville, where the funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Military honors will be provided by the Stevensville American Legion Post 94.

Inurnment will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, 4700 Harrison Ave., in Butte at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Memorials may be made to the Butte Central Education Foundation, P.O. Box 634, Butte, MT; St. Mary's Parish; Pantry Partners; or a charity of your choice.

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Tina Gordon
   Posted Tue August 20, 2013
God Bless you Dan, you and E.J. and Larry Daly can have lots of laughs together now. You were a good friend to E.J. and i always loved you for that. May God grant all of your family strength. See you on the other side. Tina Gordon

Russell and Bonnie McCormick
   Posted Wed August 21, 2013
We are so saddened to hear of Dan's passing. Russ and I thought a lot of Dan. He was a kind, considerate individual. His love for his family and pride in his commitment to the American Legion was much admirable. We hope your memories of your time together will help you through this difficult time. Please know if you need anything at all to just call us. We know that Dan would do the same for any of his friends and family. Take care.
Russ and Bonnie McCormick

Beverly Aguirre
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Condolences to your family. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 94, it was an honor to know Dan. I thought it was great how he would come over to my office, next door, to make sure I had purchased tickets for all the Legion events and to buy duck tickets. :) He will be greatly missed.

Beverly Aguirre

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