Robert Martin Hastings

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Robin” Martin Hastings of this life to eternal life in the presence of his beloved wife and daughter on September 6, 2021, at the Mountain View Regional Medical Center. in Las Cruces. For twelve months, Robin courageously battled neuroendocrine carcinoma of the pancreas.

Robin Hastings was born February 9, 1954 in Richmond, Virginia to his parents William and Patricia (Granger) Hastings. He grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1972, and attended USC on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in astronomy. After graduation, Robin cycled across the country. In 1977, he enrolled in the graduate school of NMSU and obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1987.

During his career he worked at JPL on the Voyager project and became a computer programmer. Some of the projects he worked on included NASA’s TDRSS project, military simulations, and HELSTAF. His last full-time position was in the physical science laboratory at NMSU.

Upon retirement, Robin found the true love of his life as a part-time astronomy instructor at Dona Ana Community College. He excelled at helping students gain an appreciation for science and the immense wonder of the night sky. He was a member of the Rio Grande Soaring Association, Los Chismosos Toastmasters, and Morning Star United Methodist Church. Robin greatly appreciated his friendships and the joy they brought him.

Robin is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy (Peters) Hastings, and daughter Keighley Tenaya Hastings as well as two brothers and one sister: David Hastings (wife Debbie) of Brush Prairie, Washington,; Tim Hastings (wife Laurel) of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Dianne Hastings (Michael Rodriguez) of Santa Fe in addition to beloved nieces Lauren Rodriguez-Hastings and Patti Hastings, nephews William Hastings, George Hastings, Timothy Hastings, Jr., and Jake Hastings; cousins ​​Geoff Hastings, Rada Hastings and Judy Singer, and one uncle, George Sands Hastings.

He was predeceased by his parents William and Patricia Hastings, his aunt Beatrice Granger, his brother Tom Hastings, his cousin Douglas Hastings, his nieces Breanna and Amber and his grandniece Madison Hastings.

A celebration of Robin’s life will take place on September 25 at 2 p.m. at the Morning Star United Methodist Church in Las Cruces. A second memorial service will be held at DeWitt Methodist Church in DeWitt, Neb. October 9 at 2 p.m. Robin’s remains will be interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt on the Peters Family Plot.

Memorial gifts can be given to Morning Star United Methodist Church in Las Cruces or DeWitt Historical Society, 15124 North Blue Ridge Drive, DeWitt, NE 68341.

Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001. Please visit to sign the local online guestbook.

Posted by Beatrice Daily Sun on October 2, 2021.