A Dedication to the Beautiful Life of Mrs. Jean Hastings

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

March 3, 1944 – May 3, 2021

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.

Family and loved ones of Jean can honor her through a Memorial Donation or through the purchase of a paver in the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden.

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

SGT Saul Martinez, U.S. Army (Ret.) recognizing Jean for her outstanding support at The Journey Home Golf Tournament in 2018.

You can watch the live stream of Jean Hastings’ memorial service on Friday, May 14 at 11 AM at the Bozeman United Methodist Church online here.

Your tribute stories can be sent to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home.  

The Jean Hastings Memorial Garden

Built in honor of Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation’s (WQW) first donor and founding volunteer “Mom.”

In honor of Jean Hastings and in recognition of her lifetime of dedication and patriotic service to our Nation and its Warriors and their loved ones, Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation will build the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden at Quiet Waters Ranch. This garden will provide post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones with a serene environment in which to reflect and connect as well as allow you to memorialize people who are important to you.

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

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.

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 to build the Jean Hastings Memorial Garden will begin in the Fall of 2021 and is slated for completion by Summer 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 to Mother’s Day 2022.

All paver inscriptions are subject to approval by WQW.

“Gardens feed those who tend them. These carefully tended areas bring beauty to the surroundings, they often feed us physically, and gardens allow you to search your soul.  Jean surely exemplifies these qualities. She has tended the garden of her life — husband, children, and grandchildren. All have benefitted from her care and attention. Jean always had a smile on her face and in her heart. A garden lets you look into your soul, your being, and measure your worth. Jean did all of this and never found it lacking. Thank you, Jean, for your courageous example of a garden well-tended.”

Beth Mentzer, Jean’s Cousin 

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