Dustin Travis West, age 42, of Knoxville and formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 9, 1970 in Louisville, Ky.
Dustin was employed with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Janitorial Department. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was an avid reader and also loved to cook, but his passion was music and playing the drums. In past years, he has played with various bands.
Dustin had a kind heart, a sweet spirit, and a gentle soul. He was generous with his time in helping others. He was always willing to help with holiday dinners from cooking to cleaning up. He was very devoted to his family and will be missed by all.
Dustin attended Cedar Hill Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, and Oak Ridge High School. He graduated from Laurel High School in Knoxville in 1989. While in high school, he worked one summer at Yellowstone National Park. He also had an engineering degree from Pellisippi State Technology Community College.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Russell West; grandparents, Glenn and Ellen West; Pappaw, John Wallace Precise, and best friend Randy Brown.
He is survived by his mother, Kaye Precise Habenschuss, and step-father, Tony Habenschuss, of Oak Ridge; brother, Rusty West and wife Shari of Oak Ridge; sisters, Jennifer West Hill and Laurel West Madden and husband Edward, all of Oak Ridge; maternal grandmother, Ruth Travis Precise of Oak Ridge; and several nieces and nephews whom he adored, Jessica, Brandon, Stephanie, Aaron, Austin, Logan, Braden, Reagan, Hayleigh, Eden Kyleigh, Ethan, Jackson, Landon, and River. He will be missed by the family pets, on which he lavished his attention. He will also be greatly missed by his band mates, “pub” family, and friends, especially his close friends, Brandon, Scott, Kitt, Tom, Tony, and numerous others.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. with Bishop Brent McGavin officiating. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.