Work goes on up at Cherryville, you liked working up there, your marker will go in soon son, We love you, and miss you beyond words.Mom
You left here to soon but you're up there with the best.
I love you son, and miss you. Mom
Dusten, hope the moguls are awesome where you are honey! Miss you Aunty J
miss you so much!!!! heading up to snowbowl to have lunch. we will see you up there. love you
Thinking a lot about you and your family during this time. You are so missed!!!! Take care of my little one until I get up there! I bet Christmas is amazing in Heaven!
Merry Christmas Dusten, sending love to you and you loving family, I know how much you are missed today as you are everyday. Much love
Missing you buddy, we'll shred many sick lines for you this and every year. Merry Christmas from all of us that will forever love and remember your amazing spirit.
We miss you so very much this Christmas. Thinking of snow and you, and how you enjoyed this time of year with family and friends. Love Mom
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!
I will never forget the gleam in your eyes and that smile of yours ... Keep smiling on us Dusten. Auntie J
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.
Dusten you'll be missed.. Cant believe your gone... may there be fresh powder where your going.
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
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.
Thinking of you and your family today.
Sue, Oregon City
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.
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
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.
Joyce and Kenny so very sorry to hear of your loss Cindy and my prayers are with you God Bless.
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
We don't know each other, but we are not strangers in the fight against seizure disorders and to advance the cure rate of brain surgeries. My heart breaks for you all; there are no further words.
3 years ago our son, Patrick, drowned during a seizure at age 30. We join with you in your grief. maureen williams
Joyce - We are so sorry. Our prayers are with you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Joyce and family. Your love and concern for Dusten is beautiful. May your love and many great memories give you some comfort in the days to come.
Dusten Palanuk was an avid snowboarder at Mt. Hood Meadows and we were honored to have him shredding our slopes. It is inspiring to have a connection to someone who truly loved and appreciated this beautiful mountain and all it has to offer. We send our best wishes to Dusten's family in their time of loss; and we celebrate Dusten's passion and courage, which sets a shining example of how we should live our lives, on and off the snow.
This world does not seem the same without you in it. I will forever miss you coming in to the office and hearing your stories that I loved. You used so much expression and always could light up a room. I have never met anyone like you and look forward to seeing you again. Take care of my little one until I get there. Give him a big hug and kiss for me! Until we meet again my friend, your medical assistant Rebecca.
Our thoughts and prayer's go out to Ken and Kathy Palanuk. So very sorry for your loss. We love you
Joyce and family,I never have met,Dusten but he was obviously a very special person. I feel very fortunate to sit next to you on your return flight to Portland and your family, I will never forget it. I know that your family will be a great comfort and provide solace to one another. My condolences and best wishes always.
I didnt know you real well but, I know your friends miss that light you had inside. so now its time to shine it down on everyone you loved so much. Painfree. To the family and friends my thoughts and prsyers are with you. Ryan Fitch really wanted to be there but, I told him you knew that!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We will keep you in our prayers. May your cherished memories bring you some peace and comfort at this time.
Dusten this flame will burn forever just like you will be thought of and remeberd every day!shred the cloudpowder up there in heaven go heaven boarders
My son Dusten, touched so many lives, and ours included, we had a journey of trying to cure these seizures with this miracle surgery, that we had such high hopes for...but the miracle was that we were only to have this bright shining light called Dusten for just the short 35 years he lived here on earth, he is in a better place, we have to think. But we miss him so. We love you son.
Dusten you will be missed by so many and never forgotten by all that knew you.
Oh Joyce, I'm so sorry for your loss and the pain you and your family are going through. You're in my thoughts and I'm not far away when you need a friend. What a wonderful life story you wrote, he is truely a special shinning star.
I grew up with dusten in santee california haven't talked to him in over 20years but when I read about him I couldn't believe it we were supposed to start talking again but that's going to have to wait till we meet again...my dad just passed away in april. So I know the hurt and pain everyone is going through!gob bless your soul dusten
I remember the last time we saw you, almost three weeks ago. You were kind, funny and happy. That's how I will remember you always. I know the first snow fall came and you went to your true love, just remember how loved you were here and remind us with snow please... like lots of snow this year!! XOXOXOXOXO
Today I am without words, as I read the short story about your life and stare at your picture. Just knowing that you are not here and that I will never "run into you" again, breaks my heart. I will be back to visit this site often to read all of the memories and loving stories about you that will undoubtedly be listed by the dozens. Maybe I will think of something clever and inspiring to say then. But for now, I am being transparent. For now I don't have anything reassuring to say. I am just sad. RIP XOXO
We have had the honor of knowing Dusten for over thirty years. Our lives were enriched by him. We valued our time with him and will always remember his zest for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Dustin will be in our hearts always and will be remembered as an awesome young man who lived the life most of us only dreamed of. God bless him and his family and friends.
I never knew Dustin, but when I read a young person obituary in the paper, my heart aches for the family. When I seen that he had died from a seizure in his sleep brought back memories of my son who also died of a seizure in his sleep six years ago a few days before his 31st birthday. My prayers are with you. Dustin sounded like such a wonderful person. Linda
Words cannot begin to express how one feels about the loss of a child and brother. My prayers are with you during this most difficult of times.
I must say that he was one of the most appreciative patient's I have ever had the plessure working with. I loved hearing his stories and looked forward to seeing him come in for his appointments. It didn't matter if I was having a bad day he could always make me smile. He will be so missed!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Heart goes out to his Mother and family!!!! I am extremely sorry for your loss.
There will always be a light burning for you brother !!
I love you Dusten, I feel so lucky to have met you only a year ago, you were such an amazing person and one of a kind. You are deeply missed my friend. Hope you are living it up, shredding big big powder up there. I will see you again!