Donna Lee Pecastaing
Missoula - Donna Lee Pecastaing, age 77, of Missoula, Montana, went home to join our Lord on July 4th, 2021.
Donna was born on October 21, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyoming and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953. She graduated from Sandia High School and went on to get her teaching degree in music from the University of New Mexico.
Music has encompassed Donna's life since she was a little girl. She found great joy in teaching, playing, and singing. At the beginning of her career, she taught chorus, music, guitar and drama in Cuba, New Mexico. For years she positively affected the lives of that community.
Music was not the only thing she taught the children of Cuba. She showed them how to be creative. Building stage sets, making flood lights out of coffee cans and constructing dimmer boards for productions, were a few of her many talents. She taught everyone a great lesson; you can do almost anything if you have a roll of duct tape and some nails.
Before she retired from teaching, Donna taught on the Zuni reservation in New Mexico, where she again brought wonderful new experiences to that community. Upon retirement, she decided to start a new adventure and moved to Montana.
After relocating to Missoula, Donna quickly found her way into the music scene. She performed at many nursing homes around town and participated in several bands. She taught numerous people to play guitar and piano, again, sharing her passion for music. She also loved to learn, whether it was a new instrument or how to use a cool new tool, Donna was up for the challenge.
Donna never met a stranger. She enjoyed visiting with people and liked to help anyone in need. Her deep faith in God guided her through her life and she always said everything would be fine, no matter what it was, because the Lord was watching over her.
In addition to music, Donna had a huge interest in Ham Radio. She belonged to the Hellgate Amateur Ham Radio club in Missoula. She held the position of secretary for many years. Donna was very service oriented. The club provided public service communication through amateur radio for public events.
Donna worked in the home health industry in Missoula for years, where she took great joy in the service of helping people and making new friends.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Hazel Dykeman of Albuquerque, New Mexico and is survived by her sister, Janis Grant of Olympia, Washington and her niece, Kimberly Phillips of Federal Way, Washington.
Donna will be deeply missed by everyone that knew her.
A celebration of life will be held on July 28th at 4 P.M. at the Salvation Army Church located at 355 South Russell Street, Missoula, MT. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.