After being surrounded by family the past few months Dallas Hastings took his last breath the morning of May 7th to be reunited with his grandson Joshua Knight at the peaceful gates of Heaven.
Dallas was the youngest of six and only living child of the late Catherine Nora Hastings(Smith), and late James Roy Hastings. He was preceded in death by his grandson Joshua Knight. He is survived by wife-Marilyn Hastings, children-Larry Hastings, Cindy Smith, Donna Lane, Kimberly Knight (Pam Hastings, John Smith, Kevin Lane, Shawn Knight), grandchildren-Sarah Lane, Anna Losse (Drew Losse), Conor Lane, Jackson Knight, Emily Lane, Carly Lane, Lucas Knight, Matthias Knight, Samuel Knight, Rebekah Knight, great grand children-Kaley Ferguson, Kori Ferguson, Carter Joshua Losse.
Dallas was a graduate of Hower High school and retiree from Akromold. Dallas married the love of his life at the age of 18, he then proceeded to have 4 children that he cared and provided immensely for. Hard work was no stranger to Dallas and he instilled that value into his family along with many others such as kindness, forgiveness, patience, and generosity. He was not your typical dad or grandpa by any means, but so loved, adored and admired by all for the genuine human being he was. He was a great story teller and loved to share his memories of the Akron, Ohio he grew up in. He was a person with great compassion that loved to dream with a pure heart of gold. He could never sit still and didn't until the very end when he just simply had no choice. Depending on his age he was the first in the water to ski, to swim, the first down the hill on the sled, and that love for activity continued as he was often found fishing, golfing and riding his bike around town almost to his last days. Even then his mind didn't stop, he was always the man of many one liners and comebacks that even his grandchildren couldn't keep up with. He possessed so much wonder and knowledge and his desire to learn more never ceased.
Dallas was known to many beyond his immediate family, well simply because if you were close enough for him to strike up a conversation then you went from stranger to life long friend in the matter of minutes. Meeting Dallas even just once was a blessing, he would welcome you with open arms and touch your heart like no other human could.
Dallas truly was like no other. He was a listening ear with never any judgment. He loved to laugh, however quite often he was laughing at you, not with you. Whatever you may have known him as, be it Dad, Pops, Gramps, Grandpa, Old Man, Dally-O, Dally-Do, OG (and the list goes on) that generous man will continue to live in each of our hearts until the end of time. He was more than can be put into words, more than what can be put onto paper. He is definitely looking down and smiling with that great big smile that he was so known for and wanting us to smile back at him.
Visitation will take place at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home Friday May 14th from 5-6:30, with the service to begin at 6:30. Immediately following the service the family invites any and everyone to join in for food, laughter and story sharing as we celebrate the life of Dallas Hastings at the Canal Fulton Senior Center.
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