Pierre Lucien Louis Bastien

Pierre Lucien Louis Bastien, 82, of Bailey, Colo., passed away on Jan. 29, 2021, in Palm Harbor, Fla., where he went to be close to family as his malignant brain tumor advanced.

Pierre was born in Lille, France, on March 6, 1938, the eldest son of Pierre C.V. and Marie-Louise Fayette Bastien. He grew up in northern France and achieved his baccalauréat there. He received a B.S. from the Université de Montréal and then a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Pierre worked at MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and then moved with a spun-off research team to the University of Washington in Seattle.

Pierre met his wife, Donna, at MIT where they were working in the same research group. They married in 1970 and shared an amazing journey together for 50 years, traveling all over the world.

In 1973 Pierre moved from academia to Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J., where he became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He and Donna lived in Middletown, N.J., from 1973 to 1994. In 1996 he transferred from Bellcore to USWest Advanced Technologies in Boulder, Colo., and retired from Qwest in 2001. Pierre received four U.S. patents.

Pierre and Donna lived in Castle Rock, Colo., from 1994 to 2007, and then moved to their dream home, Mizukara Ranch, in Bailey, Colo. Over many years, Pierre designed and built a large Märklin model train layout. He collected mineral specimens and enjoyed classical music and history. He was a squash racquets enthusiast.

Pierre adored his family and cats. He enjoyed friendships made at The Denver Athletic Club, The University Club of Denver, and Deer Park United Methodist Church. He was an active volunteer at Mile High 360, a Denver services program for first-generation college-bound students.

Pierre is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Ballantyne Bastien, and two sons: Pierre Louis Quinten Bastien and his wife, Jordan, of Philadelphia, Penn., and Matthieu Nicholas Guillaume Bastien and his wife, Amy, of Clearwater, Fla., and Grand Lake, Colo., as well as grandchildren, Luc and Rowan, and step-grandchildren, Jordan (Justin) McClure Ortiz and Travis McClure. He is also survived by his sister, Françoise Bastien, of Palm Harbor, Fla., and brother, Dominique Bastien and his wife, Carol, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and New York City, N.Y., and nephews Bruno DiMichele of Young, Ariz., and Marc Bastien of New York City, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Marie-Claude Bastien.

A memorial service will be held on June 14, 2021, at the family home in Bailey followed by interment at Horn Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to Mile High 360 or Deer Park United Methodist Church.