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Dustin T. Foote

Dustin T. Foote died as the result of a rare type of bacterial meningitis. He checked into the Aspen Valley Hospital Monday evening with flu-like symptoms. He slipped into a coma and died early Tuesday morning. He was 22.Dusty had been working in Snowmass on an internship through Central Washington University since December. He was working at the Brothers’ Grill in Snowmass and staying at the Wildwood Lodge. Though he had only been there a short time, he had made a variety of friends from all across the world, and he had fallen in love with Colorado and the Aspen area. Dusty was born in Ellensburg, Wash., on July 27, 1982. He grew up in the Kittitas Valley, graduated from Ellensburg High School in 2000, and went on to Central Washington University, where he planned to graduate this spring with a degree in recreation and tourism.Dusty is survived by his mother, Nanci, and his three sisters, Kathleen, Karen and Kristie, their families, and numerous families in Washington that consider Dusty a surrogate son. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Foote. Dusty will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him. He touched many lives in a positive way. Dusty had a way of making people feel comfortable around him, no matter how you knew him. His openness, his sense of humor and his innate goodness defined Dusty.Dusty loved to ski and was very excited about his internship in Colorado. Though he loved to travel, he had never lived away from home and was thrilled by all the friends that he had made from across the world, particularly the South Africans, Australians, and New Zealanders with whom he spent his final days. Dusty’s remains were cremated and his ashes will be spread on the bike trails he and his dad loved to ride together. A celebration of Dusty’s life will take place in Ellensburg on Sunday, Feb. 13, in the CWU SUB Theater room on the second floor of the SUB. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dustin T. Foote Memorial Fund at any U.S. Bank.

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