Dustin Leigh Christner (June 19, 1977 — June 28, 2017)
Born in the car on I-70 was the beginning of an adventurous life for Dustin. He grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and attended New Castle and Glenwood Springs schools. Dustin loved football, wrestling, snowboarding, swimming and his many cats. Never one to back away from a challenge Dustin worked one season crab fishing on the Bering Sea off Alaska, known as “The Most Dangerous Job in the World.” He moved to California where he pursued his passion for technology. He started his own Custom Home/Automation Business and had many loyal clients for 15 years. Dustin married the love of his life & best friend Robyn Covello in 2007. They remained best of friends until his death. Dustin’s smile, exaggerated storytelling, ability to make others laugh, strong work ethic, loyalty & a great big heart were what made him unique. He accepted people from all walks of life, loved animals, the Denver Broncos, LA Lakers, his family, friends and God. A pot Luck luncheon Celebrating Dustin’s life will be held in the New Castle town Park on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. Sunday July 23rd. Dustin is survived by his wife, Robyn; parents Doug and Karen Christner; sisters Amy Christner and Heather Despard; nephews Tanner & Brody Despard; grandparents Lem & Ann Evans; aunts, uncles & cousins. In lieu of flowers the family wishes to honor Dustin’s involvement with Animal Shelters and with the Boys Hope-Girls Hope Organization (for Orphan & At-Risk Children) by donating to any organization that warms your heart and helps others in need.
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