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Graden Carl Hastings Jr

Graden Carl Hastings Jr. (Tennessee), passed away in Layton, Utah at 1:20 AM on April 12th, 2020 with his beloved daughter by his side.

Graden was born in Murfreesboro Tennessee on May 7th ,1951 to Sara Burress and the late Graden Carl Hastings Sr. He graduated from the public schools of Spring Hill Tennessee.

Graden began his career as a Deputy Sheriff for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee before moving to Utah where he began his work as a police officer for Salt Lake City Vice. He then started his long career in the food service industry where he met many lifelong friends. Many of his favorite memories were made while working at Hillshire Farms, Farmland Foods and Grande Cheese Company. He loved his co-workers and customers. He thrived at the art of selling and making a deal. Graden had a strong desire to be the best and on top while lifting others up as he climbed. He received many awards and accolades for his work and dedication throughout his career.

Graden enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and pets, watching any type of cop show, travelling, playing golf, watching sports, shooting, telling jokes and stories, debating politics and entertaining. He was a lifelong University of Tennessee Volunteer fan, win or lose. He was a true Vol for Life. He was known for his drink of choice, a Jack Daniels and Diet Coke. Along with his sense of humor and love of people. Everyone was always made to feel welcome and loved around him. Graden was an active member of the Utah Restaurant Association as well as an active donor for many human rights, animal rights and first responder organizations. He also volunteered on many political campaigns in Northern Utah. Graden strived to make the world a better place for those around him, regardless of personal connection.

Graden Hastings is survived by his daughter Jessica Hastings Kjar, son in law Michael Kjar and grandson, and namesake Graden Porter Kjar.

Graden is preceded in death by Graden Carl Hastings Sr. (Father) and Sara Burress (Mother).

Graden was larger than life which is why his memory will live on. He was a true gift to those around him. There is not a soul who met Graden who is not better off from his love and friendship. He will be greatly missed.

Services will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather and give Graden the celebration his life deserves with all of his friends and family.

Graden’s wishes were in lieu of flowers a college savings fund be established for his grandson. All gifts will be placed in a 529 Education Savings Account. Checks can be sent to Jessica Hastings Kjar at 2956 S 1260 W Syracuse UT 84075 or electronic gifts can be sent via Venmo to Jessica Kjar @Jessica-Hastings-5.



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Graden my man, we met when I was still a full time chef in the mid eighties. Our friendship continued through my Nicholas days and recently I saw you at a food show now that i'm a broker. You are a great man and will be missed

Michael Nook Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

Graden was a wonderful and kind man

His daughter Jessica was the light of his life. He would spoil her as much as he could, guided her and love her so much, she has grown into a beautiful strong women a lot like her father. Graden would say, you just watch out in years to come she will become President.

Graden may God be with you and I love you very much


Barb Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

One of the greatest manufacturer reps to ever work with. Graden had a joke, a story, and an excellent attitude at any opportunity. He taught me more than I can ever mention!!! He will always be remembered for his great attitude. GO VOLS!!!

Casey Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

I first meet Graden in 1975 at the Condos in Murray, UT. We have been friends ever since. We also worked together at Swift &Company in SLC. And at Hillshire in the olden days. We left SLC in the fall of 1981and moved to Seattle. A few years later Graden and Jessica joined us there. We had so many great days together over the years. I called him from time to time to touch in with him and his life and loves. I drank my scotch and Graden his Jack!! I miss the crazy man a lot. Traveling to South Cal to see Tennessee play UCLA, where we saw our first streaker. Playing golf with old cop friends. Too many memories to mention. Jessica he was and will always be the man who so many loved and respected One of these days we'll sit drink Jack and Diet Coke and reminisce about the one and only Graden!!

Love to you and the family, Mike & Cindy Mansanarez

Michael Mansanarez Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Graden I met you when I was in will call at Nicholas and Company. You were always happy and up beat. You will be missed I know you touched so many people.

Tonia Mccall Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM