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Dusten Palanuk

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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
November 03, 2012
Dusten, your light will forever be illuminated in our hearts, whether embodied in the shining cross so perfectly formed on the wall shelf where your picture once stood; the surge of pain piercing in a hand raised to God on the basketball court; the spirit light imprinted on the photos of friends gathered together celebrating your life; or, the brilliance of the rainbow shimmering on the hillside on my way to Oregon to comfort your family and share in your celebration of life--the brightest greens, indigo's, yellows and reds—only to find further down the road at Bridgeport (Lake Shasta) that the most remarkable and sturdy rainbow that I have ever seen awaited me, arched in full glory from hillside to lake-end, an earthly reminder, especially for me, of the promises of God awaiting us all. For faith is the evidence of things not seen, and the substance of things hoped for. While yet on this earth, like all of us, you only saw through a glass dimly, and understood in-part. Now, you are fully conscious and know in full, standing in the light and glory of the Lord adorned with the crown of life that Jesus laid hold of for you by your faith. While here, you could never have known the impact that you would have on our lives, or understood how your greatest mission could be accomplished in the twinkling of an eye, or the global impact that you would have extended through your great sacrifice. In many ways you shared in the sufferings of Christ, and now you share in His victory over death—for which we give thanks and praise to God. For the pathway of praise, is the gateway to Heavens phenomenon—the “real” place where you are now enjoying the highest peaks, rivers brimming with all manner of fish, and the most beautiful meadow . . . the place where Sugar patiently waited, and ran to greet you at the rainbow bridge—and where surely one day, we will meet again. I am sure you love that there are no leash laws in Heaven! Love, Beth, George, Ryan and Michael.
November 03, 2012
Dusten, your light will forever be illuminated in our hearts, the cross on the wall, the special twinkle in your eye in all of the pictures, the spirit light remnant in the photographs where you were celebrated with your namesake brew, the scorching pain of your loss on heart and hand pierced in anguish, like Christ, your spirit love and light is like a sweet salve, applied to the wounds of a broken heart and food for the hungry soul that lives to honor your life by changing ours in ways that you would appreciate, but could never have known if you were still here with us in the flesh. For as you know full well, the flesh is temporal, and fleeting, while the spirit lives on which is why you lived your life to the fullest of your ability, and cared little for the trappings of "things" in this life, knowing that you couldn't take them with you. While here, you, like the rest of us only saw through a glass darkly, and only knew in part. . .but now, alas in the light of Jesus, and the Father, you know in full and don the crown of life and righteousness that he laid hold of for you in his suffering at the Cross, and the beauty of his resurrection--now, you full share in this understanding understanding, and are joined in the sweet surrender of a body swalllowed by death, and then renewed in the spirit. Carried by your ministering angels to the place of abiding, in love and great peace. Like Christ, your mission fulfilled in great loss to the world, but great joy in the Kingdom of God. There is such irony, and yet such beauty in these mysteries, we will never understand until we are reunited at the rainbow bridge, and you run to meet us as we begin our journey from death to life. I love you Dusten, for who you are and who you have been, and what you represent. I cherish the hope that I have in Christ. Thank you for that beautiful and remarkable rainbow on the drive up to Oregon to be with your mother and family, it will forever be blazed in my memory, in the distance, not knowing what was causing the full spectrum of colors shimmering on the hillside--indigo, green, yellow. . .and then closer at Bridgeport to find that it sprawled itself over the entire lake (Shasta, stunning and beautiful like Mt. Hood and other places you have shredded--such an appropriate place to share the promise) showing me that God's beauty in our dark times is not limited to one place, as you knew full well. The rainbow, especially for me, a priceless remembrance, and gift of creation, and symbol the promise of things to come. Thank you Lord for receiving Dusten into your Kingdom, and for the confirmation of this promise in the rainbow at the bridge. What a celebration of life we had, and what an imprint on the hearts of the living he left. I will always cherish the time I spent with his friends and family that love him. Love, Beth
November 02, 2012
With sorrow heart and crying eye, it's with the saddest of souls that we say goodbye.

Your adventure and spirit heaven sent, you moved through this world so magnificent.

There was much still to do and say, how could any of us known which day.

We mourn your loss in our own selfish way, all the time knowing heaven is where you stay.

You were always able to keep us frantic, with adventure and antic.

Combined spirit with international jet setting, full tilt was your only setting.

Your energy so pure and true, your loss forever blue.

Your life short and bright, it's with love and sorrow that we all wish you sweet goodnight.
November 02, 2012
Joyce and Kenny so very sorry to hear of your loss Cindy and my prayers are with you God Bless.
November 01, 2012
We think of you every day. Our girls talk about you and remember your epic and unique "getting hurt" stories! You are a free spirit, free to roam, free to shred.
You are so loved and so missed. I know that you are near us all and have brought many of us closer together through our shared love of you.
Rachael, Josh, Violet, and Anabel Cole

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