In Loving Memory
Leroy Edwin Haste
December 27, 1915 – August 10, 2013
Leroy Edwin Haste, 97, passed away
peacefully August 10, 2013 in Alabaster,
Alabama. Leroy was born to James
Edwin Haste and Dora Davis Haste
on December 27, 1915 in Gueydan,
Louisiana. His father was in the farm
In 1924 the family moved to Spokane,
Washington to open a grocery store and
In 1929 when things were getting hard and money was
scarce the family moved to Kennewick, Washington to a
ten-acre fruit farm. Leroy’s father died in 1931 and along
with his older brother Lloyd he worked to help support their
On September 23, 1935 Leroy and Mildred Ruth
Moothart were married in Culbertson, Montana and moved
to Kennewick, Washington the same year. In 1936 a son,
Leroy “Floyd” was born. In 1938 a daughter Donna Jean was
born. The family moved back to Culbertson in 1939 for a
few months, then on to Southern California for a short time.
In 1944 while living in Kennewick they decided to purchase
acreage in Pasco, Washington. In 1947 while visiting family
in Culbertson, Montana, Mildred was asked to teach
in a “dug-out” country school which she did, returning
to Washington State in June 1948. From 1948-1950 the
family moved several more times as Mrs. Haste taught in
small schools in Mikkalo and Olex, Oregon, and Leroy was
employed by two large wheat ranchers.
In 1951 the family sold their Pasco farm and returned
to Culbertson, Montana to manage Mrs. Haste’s mother’s
farm. In 1953 a son Dorlin James was born. In 1959 the
family decided to sell the Montana farm and moved to
a Milton-Freewater, Oregon property which included a
cherry and prune orchard and a few small rentals. Mildred
Haste passed away on March 14, 1980.
On April 19, 1981 Leroy married Helen Wilson
Merklin. They sold the Milton-Freewater farm in 1985 and
moved to Rogue River, Oregon. During their early years
together, they enjoyed taking their RV to the beach and
listening to the ocean sounds. Helen passed away in 2010.
Leroy lived in College Place, Washington with his son,
Dorlin, and daughter-in-law, Judy, for a couple of years
before moving to Verbena, Alabama to be with his daughter
and her family.
He enjoyed reading books, doing word puzzles and
vacationing on the Gulf to watch birds, fish, the water and
sunsets. He was a member of the Milton-Freewater, Oregon
Seventh-day Adventist Church, and had been attending the
Clanton, Alabama Adventist Church since moving there.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna and her
husband, Bob, Ernest of Verbena, Alabama; daughter-inlaw,
Judy (Dorlin) Haste of College Place, Washington;
seven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; two greatgreat-
grandchildren; two step-children, Linda Barns and
Larry Merklin; six step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Cora
Haste, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded by
his brother, Lloyd Haste; wife, Mildred Haste; son, Floyd
Haste; wife, Helen Haste; son, Dorlin Haste; and step-son,
Memorial services will be at the Clanton Seventh-day
Adventist Church in Clanton, Alabama, August 31, 2013 at
2:30 pm; also at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Milton
Freewater, Oregon on September 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm.
Private inurnment will be September 20, 2013 at Mount
Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington.