the man, the myth, the legend. known for living life fast and furious, very few things could ever really slow him down. it is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news of his passing after a battle with covid.
dustin brig wagstaff passed away december 25, 2021. he was born on june 21, 1978 in salt lake city, utah, the son of todd brig wagstaff and susan wagstaff curtis. he was preceded in death by his father, todd. he is survived in life by his sweet, andrea (milne), kiddos carter, whitney, and ellie, mama susan (cory), the brothers carson (amanda), jordan (tesia), griffen (kylee), and bronson (katie), a literal boatload of adoring nieces and nephews, and his prized collection of vintage vehicles including chief, big booty judy, little blue, choncho, tina, his square body flatbed, dodge a100 camper van, motorcycle collection, airstream and his precious 1997 malibu sunsetter.
while dust may have been known to write with no caps, the life he lived was definitely in all caps. life with dustin was like taking the red pill, a wonderland where you never really knew just how far down the rabbit hole you were going to go. dust had a vibrant zest for life and a thirst for adventure. even though in a sense, he has left us, he has left us all with a legacy of getting together with those we love. dust’s three main passions in his life were his trucks, his boats, and most of all, his family. Interestingly, the trucks simply pulled the boats that carried his family as they made memories together. while his passion for his passions might have come across as opinionated and overbearing at times, at his core he was simply pushing us all to be together.
in his early years, dust was taught the value of hard work from his father; a lesson he learned very well. he acquired an attention to detail from his mom; perhaps a lesson he learned a little too well. he mowed countless lawns with his brothers, driving them around in the now legendary “smurf”. he cultivated a bond with them that simply cannot be broken, not even by death. in fact, the bitterness of his death is somewhat sweetened by the knowledge that a beautiful reunion is now taking place between dustin and his dad, whose life was also cut short at age 44 from cancer. Those two made a special duo, working side by side for a few precious years and now they get to pick up right where they left off.
dustin’s greatest joy in life was his three children. he always said that he was meant to be a father and it was his greatest accomplishment. he never missed a performance or match and was always ready to brag about his kids to anyone who would listen. dustin used to say that being a parent is about perpetuating success and respect and being a consistent example. he lived this in his every day interactions with his children, the lessons he strove to teach them, and the conditionless love he showered them with. he was always looking for a hug, snuggle and a twirl. if he was near any of his girls, you could count on him twirling their hair between his fingers.
the only thing that came close to the love for his children was the passion he had for his wife andrea. theirs was a true-life romance. it was love at first sight after being set up on a blind date at a halloween party where she was unable to resist him in his now infamous shark suit. their connection was instant and unwavering, a love so powerful that their short time together felt like a lifetime. andrea embraced his children as her own and together they built a life centered on family, love and respect, and of course- adventure!
dustin looked at life a little differently than most people. he was able to see things and people, not for what they were, but for what they could become and he had the magical ability to help them reach their potential. he was never afraid to put in the time or the effort to make that happen. he was a connoisseur of quality- whether it was trucks, people, grilling, boats, or music. this is why all the people he chose to surround himself with knew they were special. his gregarious laugh, his ability to connect and his passion for life leaves behind a large void for all who knew him.
we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the amazing care team at the st mark’s hospital icu. dustin had an army on his side while in their hands and their valiant efforts to do everything they could for him will never be forgotten.
on january 1st, in true dustin-fashion, friends and family will gather together at the memorial murray mortuary (5850 s. 900 e.) for a viewing from 1-2 pm, memorial services from 2-3 pm, and, for all of dustin’s party rockers, an afterparty of sorts from 3-5 pm with good food, great people and (likely “inappropriate”) music. For those who are unable to attend in person or feel uncomfortable in group settings due to the current environment, there will be a zoom link to view services virtually. Please reach out to immediate family members for details.
"aight! who wants to get together this weekend?" those who knew dust are all too used to getting texts like that from him. now, for the worst of reasons, we ask the same question we’ve all gotten from dust over the years - “aight! who wants to get together this weekend?”