The Hastings family came to North Dakota from South Dakota in 1906, and traded a team of horses for a homestead quarter north of Cleveland, North Dakota.
Don worked as a farmhand for several years. Following his marriage to Elsie Kurtz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kurtz, they purchased a farm north of Ypsilanti, in Winfield Township, Stutsman County, in 1936.
Don served as county commissioner for over twenty years, and was also director of the Ypsilanti Equity Elevator for over fifteen years.
Don and Elsie Hastings had nine children: Betty, Richard, Edward, Gary, David, James, Gerald, Donna, and Diane.
After retiring from farming, they bought a house in Jamestown.