Dustin CAMPBELL

Dustin CAMPBELL

CAMPBELL, DUSTIN

After a courageous three year battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Dustin John Campbell, passed away on January 26, 2010 at the age of twenty-one years. His parents, Della and Jay, welcomed him into the world at Stettler on March 8, 1988. He attended school at Botha, Gadsby and Stettler before going on to the University of Alberta. If there was any doubt about Dustin’s abilities as a student, it was quickly dispelled at university. Enrolled in the demanding faculty of science – pre-med there was no stopping him. Even after being diagnosed and starting debilitating treatment, Dustin continued with his studies, was named to the “Dean’s Honour Roll” two years running, and was award several prestigious scholarships. Whether it was his studies, playing the piano, Taekwon-do which he studied, taught and was award a black belt, hunting and fishing with dad and bothers, his love of animals, his passion for life and other people, or work, Dustin threw himself into the experience and excelled. It is very, very rare to find someone who demonstrates superior talents in multiple disciplines. And those who are accomplished often fall short in areas outside their field of endeavour. People skills are usually the first to suffer, but I think that you will agree that this young man was at least as skilled in this area as he was at anything else. He possessed an uncanny ability to absorb the best in each of us. Whether it was his mother, dad, brothers, grandmothers or mentors such as Don Gillespie at Alberta Prairie, Louis De Beaudrap at Home Hardware, Patti Howell his piano teacher, Dr. Lisa Stein at the university, Marvyn Harris, teachers, instructors, friends, or for that matter any of you, Dustin accepted and incorporated into his personality those things that are of value and are to be admired and rejected all the baggage that each of us carry around and we are not particularly proud of. Dustin never gave up hope of finding a cure for his cancer, sought out alternatives, and actively took part in decision about his treatment. He fought a good fight which I am told was an inspiration to others. He was passionate about his hockey and loved to take in an Edmonton Oilers game especially with Jay, Trent and Dylan. Dustin Campbell will be forever loved, remembered and missed by his loving mother, Della Harris, husband Marvyn, and father, Jay Campbell, brother, Trent and April, half-brother Dylan, maternal grandmother Josie and John, step brother and sister, Noel and Tiffany Harris, nephews, Ryley, Seth, Hunter and niece Paige, aunts, Kay Campbell, Joyce Brewster, Shirley Kleven, uncle, Verle Lang, and aunt, Jane Lang as well as many cousins, other relatives and friends. Predeceased by grandparents, John and Bernice Campbell and Ronald Hunter. Funeral service was held at Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home, January 31, 2010 with Craig Stewart and Carmine Herzog officiating. Moving tributes were presented by Louis deBeaudrap, Bob Willis and a slide presentation was shown that was prepared by Dustin himself. Musical tributes were by Rene Svetina as pianist and Garry Fix as he sang “The Dance” accompanied by Dave and Wayne Carstairs; Marvyn Harris and Joyce Brewster did a trumpet and piano duet “How Great Thou Art.” The family wish to thank the TaeKwon-do Masters for the salute presented to Dustin’s family. Interment was at Omega Cemetery with Honorary Pallbearers Dave Hargreaves, Don Gillespie, Bob Willis, Louis deBeaudrap, Peter Buchanan, Reed Campbell, Bradley Chury, Brennan Maxwell, Aaron Ressler and Dennis Ruddick. Dustin asked that if anyone wished, memorial donation be made to a very close friend of his who is also suffering from a terminal illness. He knew he had been blessed by his community with support through his struggles and treatment. If you wish, make cheques payable to Kay Campbell and they can be mailed or dropped off at Stettler Funeral Home, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Fellowship Hall for a time of sharing and luncheon prepared and served by Teresa’s Catering. Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and arrangements.


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