Douglas George Hastings, 62, from Garden Valley, Idaho passed away at 5:19pm, Thursday, September 24th.
Doug was born February 10th, 1958 in Boise, Idaho. He was the 2nd child of Vernetta and Reo Hastings, Shelby being his older sister and followed by brother Reo Lamar, and sisters Paula and Mindy. His family moved to Meridian when he was in the 6th grade and he became best friends with Gary Clayton.
As a teenager, Doug developed a love for the Idaho mountains while driving cattle for his grandfather in the Drybuck area. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1976, which was the first graduating class of the new high school, and attended one year at Idaho State University before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) from 1977 to 1979 in Adelaide, Australia. After his mission, he drove truck for Glen Clayton, his best friend's father, spending many hours in the Clayton home, where he met and fell in love with his sweetheart, Rena. They were married in the Oakland, California LDS Temple on June 10th, 1980.
Doug finished his associate's degree at BSU and was hired at HP as an electronic technician. After welcoming three daughters and a son, Doug and Rena acquired a mountain property above Banks, Idaho, in the same area that he drove cattle as a youth, that became a family retreat for snowmobiling, four-wheeling, playing in the creek, hiking, and mountain living. Doug loved working on his mountain cabin, riding his motorcycle, scuba diving, and flying his single-engine Cessna and low-wing Piper airplanes.
After fourteen years at HP, he struck off on his own and started R-Tech, a company that produced robotics and test equipment. Thereafter, he was always self-employed. His self-employment allowed him to dictate his own hours and to continually serve those around him, and he had a strong testimony that the Lord would always provide for His needs.
Doug had a love for both learning and teaching, and he was both a patient learner and instructor--of construction, of electronics, of food storage and preparation, of metal-working, of yogurt-making, of plant-growing, and most ardently of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Doug is survived by loving wife, Rena, daughters Mandi (John) Patton, Angie Hastings (fiancé Nathan McGregor), Anna (Paul) Gardner, and son Andrew (Madisen) Hastings. He is also survived by grandsons Spencer, Ethan, Samuel and Oliver Patton and Finn Hastings, granddaughters Eliza and Lia Hastings, sister Shelby Huffman, brother Reo Lamar Hastings, and sisters Paula Vance and Mindy Gibson.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (950 HWY 17) in Garden Valley, Idaho from 9:30am to 10:45am, with the funeral service following thereafter at 11am. Doug will be laid to rest in the Sweet-Montour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to support the family, memorial contributions can be donated via Doug's GoFundMe account (https://gf.me/u/y2iy77), Venmo @andrewdhastings, or mail/drop-off donations to 342 S. Middlefork Rd, Garden Valley, ID 83622.
A huge thank you to the phenomenal room staff, doctors, and nurses that cared for Doug during his final days in St. Luke's emergency room and intensive care unit, as well as the many friends, family, and loving strangers that have offered prayers of healing and support during this difficult time. Doug's family has felt the strength of those prayers and the love behind them.
To view the livestream of Douglas Hastings' funeral service, cut and paste the following address in your web browser:
To send flowers to Douglas' family, please visit our floral store.