Herman C. Dustman, Jr.
December 31, 1943 - December 8, 2020
Born on December 31, 1943, to loving parents, Emily Cederle and Herman C. Dustman, Sr., Herman C. Dustman, Jr. spent much of his youth in Chicago, Illinois. Herman grew to enjoy reading, U.S. History, education, sports, and played football in high school.
After graduating from Glenbrook High School, in Northbrook, Illinois, Herman moved on to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration and Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Herman's first venture to California was to attend Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, where he achieved a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration. From there, Herm moved east and spent a few years in New York City, and while there, was employed as Associate Dean of Students and Residence Director at New York University. Later, Herm attained a Master's degree in U.S. History.
People skills were one of Herman's finest talents and served him well as he crisscrossed the United States as Sales Manager and Product Trainer for Bang and Olufsen of America. When he returned to California as General Manager at El Conquistador, an off-campus dormitory near San Diego State University, Herman met his wife-to-be, Goldie Sinegal.
Herman and Goldie were happily married in late 1982 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Logan Heights, San Diego, CA.
After a number of years as members of the Calvary Baptist Church, Herman and Goldie joined the La Jolla Presbyterian Church, where they were involved with multiple groups and activities.
During their 38 years of marriage, Herman and Goldie both enjoyed theatre, serving several years as volunteer ushers at La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe Theatre.
They also enjoyed many performances of the San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony. Travel was also an appreciated part of the couple's life, along with Herman's enthusiasm for running marathons, which he successfully accomplished multiple times in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego.
Those who were fortunate enough to know or work with Herman knew that he loved people, laughter, and gatherings. His personality was warm, inviting, and he was so easy to love.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2010, Herman retired as San Diego County manager for the California State Lottery. Dementia was later added to the diagnosis, and our beautiful Herm passed away on December 8, 2020. A Celebration of Life is planned for spring or summer 2021.
Herman is survived by his wife, Goldie Sinegal; brother, Karl Dustman and wife Barbara; brother-in-law, Pete Sinegal; step-mother, Betty Dustman; step-sisters, Maura Williams and Jan Gurga; nieces: Valerie Christmas, Demetris Sam, Ina Sinegal Davis, Crystal Brown; nephews: Matt Lengyel, Johnny Sinegal, Bill Brown, Arthur Sam, Lance Dillon; cousins: Pat and Ed Grenier, and Irene and John Rossi; and many extended family, U. Suspects, and Wonderful Friends..
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 24, 2021.