KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, FL - Angus Hastings, a member of Clay Electric Co-op’s board of trustees since 1965, passed away on Sunday, May 25 following a brief illness. A resident of Fort McCoy, Mr. Hastings, 87, represented Clay Electric members in District 9, which encompasses portions of Marion and Putnam counties.
Hastings had many years of distinguished service within the electric cooperative program at a state and national level. He served as president of Clay Electric’s board for 10 years. Hastings was also active with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Washington, D.C. In 1981-82, he served as president of the NRECA, which represents 900 electric co-ops in 47 states. Hastings served as chairman of the NRECA’s Legislative, Operations, and Building committees. At the state level, he served as chairman of the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association’s Legislative and Governmental committee. He was also chairman of the Florida Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE), part of a national political action committee for electric co-ops. In 2013, Hastings was honored by the NRECA with the ACRE Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hastings was a land developer, with a 6,000-acre project in Tennessee and other projects in the Ocala National Forest. In 1992, he was also one of the fortunate few to win the Florida Lottery.
An active Shriner since 1958, Hastings served as potentate of the Morocco Temple in Jacksonville in 1988. He also held a 33rd Degree in the Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; two sons; two daughters; three sisters; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hastings family," said Ricky Davis, Clay Electric’s general manager/CEO. "Angus dedicated almost 50 years to serving Clay Electric members in his own district and across our service area, and was also a state and national leader. We will miss his spirit and his leadership."
Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 30 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 5 SE 17th St., Ocala. Viewing will be at Countryside Funeral Home, 9185 N.E. Jacksonville Rd., Anthony, FL from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 30. Graveside services will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, on Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m.