A Tribute to Dustin: Festival of Trees, Celebrate Life

November 30, 2007 at 8:10 am 2 comments

In December 2006 my good friends and neighbors, Deb and Ken lost their son Dustin at the age of 22. Dustin was a beautiful soul, with depth way beyond his years, and handsome, oh he was just gorgeous! Everyone who knew Dustin loved him.

Many times while driving, boarding, or walking past my home, Dustin would stop to chat. I recall one time as he was driving past, Dustin stopped his car and smiled at me as if he had something to tell me. Extremely flattered, I approached his car smiling, with several of my kids following and clinging from my sides. Dustin was happy, and greeted me with his heart melting smile. Within seconds, his friend’s car pulls up behind him, and I realized why Dustin had originally stopped. He was waiting for his friend to catch up so that he could follow Dustin… Yikes, that was awkward. But, Dustin didn’t make me feel that way. Always thoughtful and genuine.

Here is a recent email from Deb (Dustin’s Mom):

Hey all you beautiful people that I love….
Just wanted to let you know that my ward [church] family has created a beautiful tree for the Festival of Trees to honor our buddy Dustin.

The Festival goes from Wednesday 28th of November to Saturday the 1st of December. It is being held at the South Towne Expo Center, so no more going to the Salt Palace!… much better parking etc… It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the proceeds from the sale of all the trees goes to the Primary Children’s Medical Center, to help families who don’t have the money to pay for their kids critical care!

We have loved it and been involved for years…what an honor to have people who loved Dustin so— take their time, talents and money to create such a fabulous tribute to him! It really is gorgeous! They call it “Celebrate Life”. The artist that designed it, had worked on me (doing energy release) and that night had a dream..Dustin visited her in the dream and told her to remind his mom and family that we need to “celebrate life”…and that he is too!

The many hours that went into the creation of this tree is mind boggling. It is a musician’s tree for sure… Framed in piano keys painted by a talented artist in my ward. MANY people were involved in the creation of this tree… Very touching! We are blown away…it really exudes Dustin’s passion for music and especially his bright, happy personality when he was emotionally well!!! …yeay!

The boys and I are going to stand on that row by his tree, one of the days and tell people about the trees including his. His tree is on row “M.” Christmas isn’t Christmas without at least one trip to the Festival for the BrockBank family!

It really is the Ultimate experience to make the season complete!!!!  Lots of people, but worth it…the stories that are printed on the backs of the trees photos are moving beyond belief, and you see the love, grief and sometimes miracles that have occurred in so many families!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debi BrockBank  |  December 1, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Thank you so very much!!! That is so beautiful. I love you guys right back

  • 2. jen38  |  December 1, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Comments from http://www.mythbusterbeauty.blogspot.com

    Mo Mommy said:

    “They do something like that here, with trees decorated and for sale for charity. But I think they’re all done by companies and I’ve never seen one with such a beautiful human connection as this!! What a great reminder of how we should spend the season.”

    Cecily said:

    “Oh, what a good reminder. Celebrate life. I need to do that more often. Thanks Jen (and Dustin).”


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