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Dustin Robert Greer

Dustin Robert Greer

Our hearts are broken because Dustin Greer was taken from us too soon on July 24, 2012, as a result of an accident on the water in Guatemala.

Dustin was born Feb. 4, 1983, to Linda Markley Greer and Greg Greer in Loveland, Colorado. When he was four, he and his family moved to Glenwood Springs where he grew up attending Glenwood schools, graduating from Glenwood Springs High School with the class of 2001.

As a young boy Dustin was a sensitive, artistic child who loved drawing and painting and dancing with his mom. He was a very creative, very caring, very compassionate person all of his life. His dog, Zach, was his best pal for the first 13 years of his life and they even won the Strawberry Days Look- a- Like Competition.

Skiing captured Dustin’s heart at a very young age and meant the world to him for many years. It was the center of his social world, his passion, and his greatest love growing up, serving as his anchor during his teenage years. Dustin was very musical and enjoyed playing in bands with his friends, having taught himself to play the guitar after years of piano lessons, which ignited his love of making music.

After high school Dustin attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2005. After college Dustin traveled extensively in Central and South America. He became fluent in Spanish and grew to appreciate the culture of the area. In the fall of 2011, Dustin enrolled in the Global and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University. Before his final semester he was in Guatemala to complete a team project involving organic farming and organic farm product distribution. Having completed that project, Dustin remained in Guatemala to enjoy one of his favorite places before returning to school.

In Dustin’s young adult years he was able to follow his heart and pursue making a difference for others, putting their needs above his own.

Dustin was a free spirit who loved the mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans: he left us enjoying some of the things he loved best, including Lake Atitlan, where he now rests.

Dustin will forever be missed by his devoted mom and loving father; his younger brother, Jacob Greer and sister-in-law, Ashley Herr Greer, both of San Antonio, Texas; his beloved grandmother, Jocelyn Markley, of Ardmore, Oklahoma; his kindred spirit, uncle Glenn Markley of Zephyr Cove, Nevada; his uncle Gordon Greer of Tulsa, Oklahoma; as well as cousins and special friends from around the world.

Lewis Markley, Dustin’s maternal grandfather, preceded him in death as did Jean and Bob Greer, his paternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dustin Greer Memorial Fund at any Alpine Bank for a memorial to be established in Dustin’s memory. A commemorative tree and resting spot is being planned in a location that he loved.

There will be a Memorial Service for Dustin at the First Presbyterian Church in Glenwood Springs on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. There will be a Celebration Of Dustin’s Life at Rivers Restaurant following the service.

Dustin is deeply loved by his family and many friends. He will be missed.

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