|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1981|
|Death: ||May 9, 2012|
Dustin Rhoads Benjamin, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the age of 30.
Services will be held Thursday May 17 at the Payette Church of the Nazarene at 10 am. Interment will follow at the Wilder Cemetery.
Dusty was born August 26, 1981, to Karen and Dave Benjamin. He was the light of their life. Dusty graduated from Ontario High School in 2000. Dusty's classmates marveled at how he was always five or 10 minutes late and would pull into the parking lot in his old International flatbed and run in with his old trusty black cowboy hat barely on.
Dusty excelled in FFA and loved public speaking. Dusty never knew a stranger and was liked by everyone. His warm, outgoing personality and infectious smile were his trademarks. Dusty loved all his grandparents, but he became especially close to Leroy and Ruby Wright. He spent most of his childhood summers at their house. He loved his grandpa very much and they would buy and sell horses together all summer long.
Dusty loved his family horseback rides along the Snake River with his cousins Boudy, Cassie, and Kimmie. He later loved to team rope whenever he could go.
Dusty worked for Rocking R Camper during high school and college. He would laugh and say "I'm the best RV toilet man they've got!"
Dusty attended TVCC and later became ASB President. He was well liked and respected by the students and staff alike. Dusty and Sarah started dating while attending TVCC together. Dusty surprised Sarah one night by taking her to Denny's and saying "Let's talk about the pros and cons of us dating." They later married Sept. 12, 2003.
Dusty attended Eastern Oregon University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Ag Business Management. They later moved to Corvallis and Dusty received a Master's of Ag Education. He went on to teach Agriculture classes at TVCC.
Although he loved teaching, Dusty decided to pursue his real passion in the fall of 2010. He graduated from the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Mont., and loved every minute. His true passion was buying and selling. Craigslist was always on the computer at home. He held several auto auctions at the Ontario Fairgrounds, and also was the auctioneer at Select Auction in Ontario. He was well known and countless friends called upon him to help them sell a pickup, trailer, or ATV.
Dusty was a very devoted father as well. Drew was the center of Dusty's life. They went everywhere together. Whether it was in a backpack while Dusty was mowing, or on the 4 wheeler going for a ride, Drew was always at his side. Drew even knew how to ask Dad ever so quietly for a "cheeezbuurger" on their special trips to town.
Dusty loved spending time with family. Dusty was always the one to call his family, every day usually, and check on everyone. Whether it was picking up ice cream and hanging out with Sarah's family, driving out to hang out with his family or going golfing with the "guys," Austin, Jered and Bob, he was always up for a good time, and practical jokes were never far behind. Dusty and his younger brother, Austin, were always close, as only brothers can be. There were many wrestling matches in the living room, which usually resulted in Austin being pinned to the floor and Dusty trying to catch his breath.
He was always surrounded by family and friends, and will be forever missed.
Dusty is survived by his son, Drew; his wife, Sarah; his parents, Dave and Karen Benjamin; his brother, Austin; grandmother, Ruby; and his parents-in-law, Bob and Julie Thorstad.
Created by: Barb
Record added: May 13, 2012
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