Dustan Haase, who lost his life in a boating accident on the Vermillion River Sunday, July 18, will be remembered as a loving man who never knew a stranger and rushed to help anyone in need. His infectious laugh and easy grin attracted everyone when he walked into a room, especially his wife, Allison, who married him in an outdoor ceremony on August 20, 2019.
Dustan made sure Allison knew how much he loved her by paying attention when she had troubles, asking questions, backing her up and pushing her to do better, not only personally but in her career, as well. Dustan was a patient and kind father to his son, Paitan, never forgetting to send postcards whenever he travelled, and never raising his voice. He was very proud of Paitan and worked hard to make sure he wanted for nothing.
He graduated from both Georgetown High School and Danville Community College in 2011. Dustan managed the remarkable achievement of maintaining a 4.0 GPA and the honor of being on the president’s list, all while raising his young son. After graduation, he worked as a windfarm technician for General Electric.
Dustan lived life to the fullest, spending hours modifying his jeep before taking it on thrilling off-road adventures that often involved crazy trails he faced head on, noting afterward with a chuckle, “I told you it would be fine!” He enjoyed customizing guns and competition shooting with his son, where they always earned high scores. Not only was he an excellent marksman, but an avid video gamer and one of the top players in the game “Call of Duty,” which he taught Paitan to be a great player, even beating Dustan.
His parents held a special place in his heart as his first best friends. He doted on his mother and adored his father and did whatever he could for them. His friends were always in his thoughts, especially Clayton Mosier, who was there for him towards the end, as was his brother Anthony.
Dustan has left a legacy of love and sacrifice. He was an amazing father, husband, son and brother who will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Allison Haase; son Paitan Haase; Paitan’s mother Paige Bloomfield; father Jim Haase and his wife Sue; mother Jami Elliot; sister Nina and her husband Ryan Sparling; brother Anthony Noghrehchi; sister Sarah Haase; brother Eric Haase and his wife Tish; brother Ryan Haase and his wife Heather; sister Brandy and her husband Ed Peevler; grandparents James and Mary Elliot; and many nieces and nephews, including Mea, Emiliano, Lacey, Shelby, Olivia, Seth and Weston.
Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, July 24, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home, 10 East Williams Street, Danville, Illinois, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life at The American Legion, 115 South State Street, Westville.
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