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Robert W. Hastings1917 ~ 2012Robert W. Hastings, 95, died March 21, 2012, in Springville, Utah. He was born March 9, 1917 to LeViga E. and Ida Faye Tucker Hastings, in York, Nebraska. His parents moved from their homestead near Chugwater, Wyoming to Torrington, Wyoming in 1921. Bob graduated from Torrington High in 1934. He attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. During the summers, he worked for the Bureau of Public Roads in Yellowstone Park, and spent one particularly eventful summer in Star Valley, Wyoming, where he met Norma Call, his wife to be.Upon his graduation, he was one of two honor students offered a fellowship in Public Administration at the University of Minnesota. Following that, he was appointed as an engineer-examiner at the United States Civil Service Commission in Washington, D. C., and later transferred to the Office of the Secretary of War, as Job Classification Analyst for engineering positions throughout the War Department. Bob and Norma were married September 27, 1941 in Washington, D. C. Just over two months later, World War II was declared. In 1943, Bob was inducted into the Army Air Corps as a Private. Bob and Norma were able to remain together during most of his military service. They spent time in Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Following his discharge as First Lieutenant in May 1946, they moved to Afton, Wyoming where Bob purchased and managed his father-in-law's hardware and building materials business, renaming it Hastings. He retired in 1979 after thirty-three years on Main Street.Bob had an active and fulfilling life in Afton, serving in the Businessmen's Association, American Legion and Lions Club. He served on the local school board and, with Norma, brought community concerts to Afton. His greatest source of pride was in the instigating and seeing through the development of the nine-hole Valli-Vu Golf Course with a group of thirteen other sponsors. Bob enjoyed photography, fishing, hunting, golf and travel. He was privileged to accompany his son, Bill, on the Aircraft Carrier Enterprise from Norfolk, VA around the Horn of South America to San Diego, CA. After retiring from the business in Afton, Bob and Norma moved to Mesa, Arizona, where they lived for twelve years before relocating to Springville, Utah in 1994. After being married for nine years, Bob was converted and baptized into the LDS Church. He and Norma were later sealed with their three children in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple September 29, 1959. On their Golden Wedding Anniversary, they returned to Washington D.C. and revisited their favorite places from when they were first married. In September 2012, Bob and Norma celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of three married children: Robert William Hastings II (J. Lynn), Kamuela, Hawaii; Charles Terrence Hastings (Angela), Afton, Wyoming; Elizabeth Anne Hoffman (Alan), Springville, Utah.Bob is survived by his wife and children, his sister, Eleanor Vandel, fifteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eva Marie. Bob is best known for his integrity, his gentle nature, and his deep love for his eternal sweetheart, Norma.Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 26th at 11:00 am at the Springville 1st Ward, 245 S. 600 E., Springville, UT, where a Viewing will be held that same morning from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held Tuesday, March 27th at 12:00 Noon in the Afton City Cemetery, Afton, Wyoming.Funeral Directors-Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences at uvfuneral.com