Help Warriors and Their Loved Ones Find Respite at Quiet Waters Ranch

Almost every week of the year, post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones are brought to Bozeman, Montana, to participate in different recreational therapeutic programs designed to be a catalyst for positive change in their lives.

Quiet Waters Ranch is Warriors & Quiet Waters’ (WQW) home base. It is here at this ranch where friendships are formed, memories are made, and lives are transformed.

That’s why when WQW’s founder, Col. Eric Hastings, shared that his wife Jean Hastings would be entering hospice care after a courageous five-year battle against pancreatic cancer, the WQW community knew we needed to do something to memorialize Jean while also providing a space for respite for Warriors at Quiet Waters Ranch.

That’s how the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden came to fruition. This is a dedication to the beautiful life of Jean Hastings, but it’s also a new place for peace, tranquility, and connection.

“From the moment you arrive in Montana, the staff and volunteers treat you as if you were a member of their own family.”

Kyle, USMC

Leave Your Legacy at the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden

The construction crew breaks ground for the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden in June 2021.

The Jean Hastings Memorial Garden will be steps away from the front door of the main lodge beside one of the ranch’s three fishing ponds. The memorial garden was started in June 2021 when crews broke ground. Pavers will be installed in the summer of 2022.

Here at WQW, we are a family. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor Jean and the veterans who have called Quiet Waters Ranch home than to provide you, the community behind WQW, with the opportunity to honor your loved ones here at the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden. We’re offering you a chance to leave an everlasting legacy at Quiet Waters Ranch in the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden through the tax-deductible purchase of an inscripted basalt paver or handcrafted custom bench.

Supporting the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden is the most tangible way to endlessly show how you’re a part of the WQW family.

Who Was Jean Hastings?

March 3, 1944 – May 3, 2021

Jean Hastings is the beloved wife of WQW’s founder Col. Eric Hastings, USMC (Ret.). Jean was instrumental in the founding of WQW, was WQW’s first donor, and started the “Mom” volunteer program. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Heroes are often chosen not for their own valor, but for the valor of their women.

Jean’s Role in Founding Warriors & Quiet Waters

While on a fishing trip in Northern Canada, Jean Hastings and her husband Eric envisioned Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) in September 2006. As a proud and devoted Marine wife and mother of two Marines, Jean exemplified the spirit of service. She was the first donor to WQW — contributing $10,000 to launch our mission while providing Eric with the emotional support to overcome the myriad of obstacles that stood in his way. She inspired and founded the “Volunteer Moms” program, ensuring every Warrior is able to nourish their body and soul by breaking bread over home-cooked meals that are always made with love. She set the standard for Gold Standard Programs and will forever be remembered as a strong, independent servant with an infectious laugh and loving ways.

Contribute to the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden

SGT Saul Martinez, U.S. Army (Ret.), WQW’s Director of Programming, recognizes Jean for her outstanding support at The Journey Home Golf Tournament in 2018.

All donations made in memory of Jean Hastings will help make the garden possible.

Purchase a Paver at the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden

You can leave an everlasting legacy in the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden through the purchase of an inscripted basalt paver or a handcrafted custom bench. Each basalt paver comes with a customizable option in which you can:

  • Honor someone’s military service
  • Announce and achievement
  • Recognize a WQW volunteer or friend
  • Engrave someone’s name
  • Share a favorite phrase or quote

In addition to being an investment in WQW’s therapeutic recreational programs, each paver purchased is tax-deductible. Participation in WQW programs is 100% free for Warriors and their loved ones. Your support of this Garden makes this possible.

The Jean Hastings Memorial Garden was designed by Design 5 Landscape & Architecture out of Bozeman, Montana.

All paver inscriptions are subject to approval by WQW.

Create a Custom Handmade Bench for the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden

WQW also has three handcrafted custom benches available for $10,000 each. Each bench includes the option of custom engraving as well as an invitation to attend the 2022 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Benches are built in Bozeman, Montana by Black Flag Welding & Fabrication which is owned and operated by Matt Ramsey, U.S. Army, and WQW Alum. If you are interested in dedicating a custom bench, please contact the WQW Office at (406) 585-9793.

Construction Timeline for the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden

The garden was constructed in June 2021 at Quiet Waters Ranch. Pavers will be installed in the spring of 2022. All purchases of basalt pavers and benches will come with a certificate and an invitation to attend the 2022 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or Open House. Sales of basalt pavers will run from Mother’s Day 2021 until Mother’s Day 2022.

“To me, Warriors & Quiet Waters has been a lighthouse helping me find me.”

Luke, U.S. Army

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