ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael Anthony Hastillo was born January 14, 1982 to Alex and Sandy Hastillo.

While growing up, Michael loved playing army in the woods with his older brother, David, and picking on his little sister, Melissa.

He was adventurous and loved being outside.

Michael grew up in Ashford, CT. He was charming and a friend to everyone.  He attended E.O Smith from 1996-2000 where he played hockey, wearing the #17. Michael was physical and disciplined on the ice, and often received the "hard hat" award after each game, which was given to the hardest working player on the ice.

While attending E.O. Smith, Michael joined the Young Marines.

After the 9/11 attacks, Mike was one of the first on the ground in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was the Team Leader of Task Force Tarawa 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. Mike was awarded numerous medals including the Combat Action Ribbon for his service. Mike continued to serve his country in the Dominican Republic and Djibouti, Africa training troops in anti-terrorism.

Michael enlisted in the Marines before graduating high school and served his country until June 2004. He was stationed in Washington, D.C. where he had many responsibilities, including standing guard for both President Clinton and President Bush, and performing Iwo Jima ceremonies, Arlington funerals and Friday night parades.

Michael met his wife, Abigail, in 2001.  They married in 2007 and welcomed a son, Gunnar in 2008 and daughter, Adella, in 2011.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and coaching Gunnar's Coventry youth football team. Michael loved restoring tractors and trying to fix anything that was broken.

Tragically, Michael passed away at the age of 32 in a motorcycle accident. His family continues to hold a memorial golf tournament in his honor.