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David James Bastian

September 10, 1942 – July 8, 2017


David James Bastian, 74, resided for the past 19 years in Electric City, Washington. David passed away peacefully at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, due to causes incident to cancer on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

David was born on September 10, 1942, in Spokane, Wash., to Weldon Wilford Bastian and Melba Ardyce Parker. He is survived by six siblings: Larry Bastian, Marlene Bastian Safsten, Bonnie Bastian Williams, Steven Bastian, Penny Bastian Lindsay and Daniel Bastian.

David enlisted and served in the Army Reserve for six years and received an honorable discharge as a Sergeant (E-5) on September 30, 1967. David also served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northeast British Mission from 1964 to 1966. Following his mission, he attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration on August 21, 1970.

On August 15, 1972, he married the beautiful Marilyn Squires, of Spokane, in the Ogden Utah temple. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and children: Nicole Bastian Johnson, and her husband, Edward, of Eugene, Oregon; Lt. Col. Russell Bastian, and his wife, Valancy, of San Antonio, Texas; Lance Bastian, and his wife, Kristy, of Sandy, Utah; nine grandchildren: Matthew Bastian, Ethan Bastian, Michael Bastian, Elizabeth Bastian, Luke Bastian, Joseph Bastian, Genevieve Johnson, Graham Johnson and Elise Bastian.

David retired as the Vice President of Finance for the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union after working in the banking industry for 34 years. He also participated in the Lions Club and Rotary Club and actively served in many leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including High Councilor and Bishop. David loved boating and waterskiing with his family, building and remodeling houses, and gardening. His final residence was a beautiful two-story home in Electric City, which he built. David was a generous and caring individual who always found time to serve and love those around him. He blessed countless lives for good and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Should family and friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Cancer Research Institute at

Services will be conducted for David at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 806 Spruce Street, Coulee Dam, Wash., at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017. A brief graveside dedication will take place at Pines Cemetery in Spokane Valley, Wash., at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Please sign David's online register book at

Strate Funeral Home, of Grand Coulee, is honored to be serving David's family.


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