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EDWARDSVILLE — Donald Leo Hastings Sr, of Edwardsville passed at age 90 on April 3, 2021 and is survived by his spouse of 70 years Harriet "Pat" (Zoleman) Hastings. He is also survived by seven of their eight children and their respective spouses. They are Douglas (Katie) Hastings of Edwardsville; Kathleen (Kevin) Walker of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Pamela (Larry) Perlmutter of St. Louis; Elizabeth (Ted) Petersen of St. Louis; Celeste (Gregg) Korte of Edwardsville; Kimberly (Dr. Brett) Wolff of Town and Country and Jennifer (Gregg) Butler of Nashville, Tennessee. The Hastings have 26 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Don Sr. was predeceased by his eldest son, Donald Leo Hastings Jr., a grandson, Blake Hastings, by his parents, Ben & Jennie (Hoxsey) Hastings, and his sister Mary Ann (Norris) Ambuel.

Mr. Hastings was born January 31, 1931 in Alhambra, the son of the late Ben and Jennie (Hoxsey) Hastings. He moved to Edwardsville in 1941 and was a parishioner at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Pat was visiting her cousin in Alhambra when they met. A year later they eloped to Arkansas and married on August 10, 1950. They had 70 wonderful years together.

In 1962 he was hired by the State of Illinois Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement as a wildlife officer. Over the years he advanced through the ranks to Captain. Twice he was named as head of the Division for 100 officers. Among his DNR accomplishments was the establishment and leadership of a new covert investigation unit for which he was Chief Investigator. He also formed and participated in a new aerial night surveillance to eliminate illegal poaching. Mr. Hastings retired as a wildlife officer in 1987.

With the help of his family, he engaged in several business ventures including the building and operating the first mini-warehouse in the Glen/Ed area. With his wife, he founded and was publisher/editor of the International Game Warden magazine which is still in publication today with over 4,500 subscribers worldwide. While publishing the magazine, he and Pat traveled extensively to all 50 states and Provinces of Canada and 12 other countries in search of features for the magazine. As a hobby, Mr. Hastings enjoyed writing and telling stories of past phases of his long life. He published several short story books and has hundreds of Facebook followers dedicated to his storytelling. His memory was long and vivid, and his voice will be missed by many.

Visitation will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville on Friday, April 9th, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 10th from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10th at the St. Boniface church with the Very Rev. Jeffrey Goeckner, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Hoxsey Family Cemetery in Alhambra.

Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville or to the North American Game Warden Museum located in Dunseith, North Dakota. This museum has an exhibit dedicated to the International Game Warden magazine that Don and Pat Hastings started. 724-372-3605

Friends may register online at Kalmer Memorial Services in Lebanon oversees arrangements.

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Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer on Apr. 7, 2021.
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April 11, 2021
Pat and family

I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was one of the "good guys". The wildlife resources of the US and Canada benefited from his career and passion for fish and wildlife protection. Officers across both countries and around the world will miss him. I enjoyed working with him through the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers and the Museum. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Dave Croonquist, Colorado Div of Wildlife, retired
April 9, 2021
To the Hastings Clan - first of all I am sorry Jim and I weren’t able to attend the services for Don. He was such a kind coworker and good friend to me while I worked in the Alton office with him. He walked to the Alton Courthouse with me when I was divorced. I wrote a story for my son called Mr. Potato and he carved a wooden potato with shoes to go with the story. When I started dating Jim he “vetted” him and then was our best man. Your Dad and Mom maintained friendships with us through all the years and all their moves. The last time he visited us in Staunton he thought our screen door was stuck, not knowing it was locked, and proceeded to tug on it hard enough it came off the hinges! Pretty good for a guy pushing 90! He had a long, adventurous, and fulfilling life and loved each and everyone of you dearly. Jim and I will truly miss him. God bless.
Jim and Kathleen Sloan
April 8, 2021
Family of Don, sorry to hear about Don's passing. I met Don over 40 yrs. ago when he came to one of our meetings (Marine Sportsman Club). Saw & visited with him many times over the years. Don was a very likable & friendly man & will be missed by many. May God give you & family extra Love, Strength & Peace during this time of loss & afterwards. Art Reames
Art Reames
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