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Dusten Palanuk 1976-2012

Dusten Palanuk

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October 22, 2013
Joyce, this is Jeanie. I'm so glad that you have put this up permanently . I was able to really spend time with Dusten through this page and it was very comforting. Thank you for Dusten and for this page. God Bless you!
October 22, 2013
October 19, 2013
I will never forget the gleam in your eyes and that smile of yours ... Keep smiling on us Dusten. Auntie J
February 07, 2013
Words from Dusten's Service, by Zeb Yaklich 10/25/12
Dusten,was a man who loved and lived life to the fullest. There was no such thing as a dull moment to Dusten. Every minute was a precious moment meant to be filled with family, friends, and adventure. Dusten's curiosity for life and the world around him could not be filled by one place or just one person. This curiosity lead him around the world on adventures of epic proportion. Along the way he touched the souls of so many and although his travels took him far and wide his heart was always with his family at home. Snowboarding was Dusten's first true love,and he was determined to find the best snow on Earth.Dusten's love for snowboarding and the outdoors guided him to some of the most beautiful and exotic places on Earth.He would return from these Missions as he liked to call them with stories that were truly incredible. Thailand was the first of many missions and it was the one that started his worldly wanderings. His first trip there expanded his view of our world but it was not the place that captured his heart. That was still to come.Traveling became his next true love and through traveling he met the love of his life. It was not a person like most of us would think, but a place, Chile. Dusten visited Chile on several occasions and on each visit he fell deeper in love with her. Chile's people and culture captivated Dusten.He felt that her culture aligned with his own values. She tried to shake Dusten at one point.Dusten took the 9.0 earthquake she gave him and took it in stride. As the Earth trembled Dusten stood strong and worked selflessly to get others out of the building they were in. Dusten was an amazing character and everywhere he went adventure followed. After surviving on the the largest earthquakes our planet has ever had, he decided to travel to Japan. Here Dusten found what he called the most polite people he had ever known and some of the best snow he had ever ridden. But a trip for Dusten was not a trip unless it had an Epic ending, and his trip to Japan did. On March 11, 2011 Dusten was in Japan's magnitude 9.0 earthquake which lasted for 6 minutes.These two experiences earned Dusten the monikers such as Palquake and Dusten 9.0. He reviled in these stories and was very thankful to come out of them unharmed. Dusten had many places he loved abroad but there was one place in particular that he loved back home, Mt. Hood. He spent as much of his free time as he could hiking,exploring and snowboarding this magnificent volcano.He loved to do his best to predict the massive pacific storms that would slam into the cascades each winter and would often text his friends at 4:45 to let them know when the big dumps were coming.Sometimes he would call his mom just to tell her the barometric pressure was dropping fast. Dusten loved storms especially ones that would drop lots of snow. Enduro motorcycles wee yet another passion of Dusten's. He would spend countless hours working on his motorcycle to insure it was prepared for the next big ride. His over sized tanks and bags were meant to carry him limitless miles through trails and roads. He immensely enjoyed the feeling of freedom that riding brought him.There was no hill he was afraid to climb. Although Dusten loved to travel and experience life on a grand scale he cherished family above all else. His brothers and sister meant more to h then anything and his parents were always the ones he could truly count on. During the most difficult part of his life he felt comfort from all of them. This past year Dusten had undergone a life changing surgery that required an incredibly long recovery period. He felt that above everything, his family pulled him through. He felt more love at this point in his life and was so thankful for all of them.He regarded this as the most trying time in his life and one of the few points that he had to trust solely in those around him. He was especially thankful for all the love and support his mom provided during this time. A close second to his family were his friends. Dusten enjoyed traveling,snowboarding, and most of all just hanging out with them. Dusten was such an amazing person with so much energy that there was no way just one friend could keep up with him. Dusten had an army of friends on multiple continents who all loved and cherished him and his amazing spirit, Today marks a special moment in Dusten's life. It is not a day we say goodbye but one in which we show him our purest love and wish him the greatest of adventures, on this his MOST EPIC OF JOURNEYS.
February 04, 2013
January 31, 2013
Dusten you'll be missed.. Cant believe your gone... may there be fresh powder where your going.
January 12, 2013
December 20, 2012
Son, I still can't believe that you are gone. I truly belive a spirit such as yours has to be in another place. I am sure a better one.

You made me a better father, husband, and man and will always be remembered.

I would say rest in peace. But somehow I know you are not resting.

So just, Peace Dusten, Love, Dad









Somehow you will be with me everyday. May your memory
December 02, 2012
I knew Dusten as a boy, but never knew him as the man he grew to be. In what I have seen and read and heard since his passing, it's apparent that he never lost that childlike charm that I so fondly remember. He was the golden-haired boy with a wit and a smile that melted my heart. Never shy to hug or show affection or kindness - this is what I remember. And this is what is never lost. My heart breaks for his parents and siblings, friends, and family. He was much too young to leave us, and still had so much more of life to experience. But from what I can tell, he lived an adventurous life and had so many people who loved him, and who love him still.
November 14, 2012
Thinking of you and your family today.
Sue, Oregon City

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