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David Arnold Hasle

September 4, 2012


David Arnold Hasle



David Arnold Hasle passed away peacefully Aug. 23, 2012 after suffering a stroke. He was born to Arnold and Geneva Hasle in Long Beach on May 19, 1928. As a youth of the Great Depression, he lived and explored the beaches, cities, rivers and deserts of Southern California which triggered his marvelous sense of curiosity that flowed into every aspect of his life. He thoroughly enjoyed Boy Scouts; achieving the rank of Life Scout and refining his mischievous sense of humor while simultaneously demonstrating strong leadership qualities. 

He later enjoyed sharing Scouting with his own kids. Upon graduation from Oxnard High in 1947, he enlisted in the Army and served as a Supply Sergeant during his 18 months of service at Fort Ord. With the G.I. Bill, he attended Oregon State where he affiliated with the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and met his wife of 59 years, Wilma Anderson. 

They married in 1953, and with a degree in Civil Engineering, Dave and “Willi” moved to Whittier where he began his 30-year career with Bethlehem Steel as a Sales Engineer. He was involved in the sale of steel for major infrastructure projects such as water and power, freeways and many prominent buildings in the Los Angeles area from 1952 to 1982. 

Dave and Willi’s four children were taught to be self-reliant, active and unique individuals. He and Willi also taught them to love the outdoors … Dave knew how to work hard and play hard! 

Dave and Willi learned to ski in the early 1950s; skiing became the focal point of grand adventures and the basis of treasured friendships. The Hasles spent many happy decades of snow skiing at Buckhorn, Mammoth and just about every major ski area in the world. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 25 years and skied until he was 83! He was eagerly anticipating the upcoming ski season at Mammoth. 

Dave equally loved fly-fishing in the High Sierra and boating in his Boston Whaler. He enjoyed water skiing, backpacking, camping, growing fruit in his yard and exploring new places with Willi. 

He joined Rotary in 1982 where his generous and charitable nature went to good use. He regularly participated with the Whittier, Bishop and Mammoth Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Four-Way Test resonated with Dave as a component of his moral compass along with the Golden Rule and the 10 Commandments. He was a man of many interests and had great appreciation for intelligent conversation, a good book, an honorable deed and a great meal. He cherished his friends and his family. Dave’s high intellect, loyalty, quick wit and companionship will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife, Willi Hasle; sons, Ben Hasle (Jane) and John Hasle (Amy); and daughters, Greta Mestre (Steve) and Jamie Lang (Mike); and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9, 2012 along the Shoreline of Convict Lake with a reception following the ceremony. For more information, contact

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to either: Nature Conservancy or the Rotary Club of Whittier c/o Mike Blackmore for the Youth Campership summer program at Camp Arbolado.

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