George David Hastings, a 43-year resident of Colville, passed away on April 18, 2014, surrounded by family while at his Colville home. George was born on December 14, 1931, the son of George Willard and Lucille Ella (Davis) Hastings.
George resided with his family in the Coeur dâ€™ Alene, ID area as a young boy, later moving with them to the Kent area. There he attended both grade school and high school.
George entered the work force following his 10th grade year. He began work at Boeing, but never strayed far from his farming roots. He then worked as a farm hand while also working at a large hardware warehouse. George knew the value of the earned dollars and worked several jobs, often simultaneously, to earn his keep. During the Korean Conflict, George assisted the U.S. through his employment at the shipyards and preparation of several military vessels. He also worked in construction for a time.
On May 11, 1951, George married Laura May Haverinen in Kent. There, they began a family that grew and grew with the addition of each new child until there were ten. During this time, George had found his niche working as a hay hauler. He began transporting hay from the Basin to the farms in Western Washington. He also owned and operated the George Hastings Hay feed store. Shortly after the store was lost to a fire in 1967, George moved his entire family to the Colville area and created High Valley View Ranch. Here he continued raising cattle and hauling hay and equipment throughout the state and into Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. George also built an equipment shop, beside the Arden One Stop, where he managed and maintained most of his equipment. I
In 1994, he purchased a hay farm in Moses Lake. They resided there for three years before returning to Colville where they have resided since.
George is lovingly described by his family as fiercely independent with uncompromising integrity. He shared his concerns and opinions without need of request. He raised his children to understand the yield of a good dayâ€™s work through both example and encouragement and the strength of family. His children have fond memories of the huge family garden through which George gave them opportunity to earn â€śa little extraâ€ť in their youth. George raised his family in and with faith. He also assisted in the construction and rebuilding of the Arden Faith Baptist Church. George had a great love for his family and cared strongly for his animals, especially his cows. He attended many animal and equipment auctions and enjoyed sharing those times with others.
George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laura M. (Haverinen) Hastings; four daughters, Cathy Ayers, Shelbyville, IN, Janet Nelson, Moses Lake, Nancy Sliman, Colville, Patty McLean, Moses Lake; five sons, Ben Hastings, Spokane, Gary Hastings, Marty Hastings, Dan Hastings and Ron Hastings, all of Colville; sister, Faythe Pearson, Milton, Cheryl Edwards, Alaska; brothers, Bob Hastings, Olympia, Jim Hastings, Cinebar, and John Hastings Federal Way; 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandy Ayars.
A graveside service for Mr. George David Hastings will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 23 at the Mountain View Park Cemetery, Colville. A memorial gathering and potluck will follow at the Arden Community Hall. Memorial contributions may also be given to the Arden Community Hall, 636 Hall Road, Colville, WA 99114. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Colville is entrusted with arrangements.