Dusty Teitzel

Dusty Teitzel

7/26/1949 — 10/22/2023

July 26, 1949 — Oct 22, 2023


“I left to be with my Higher Power on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, at the age of 74 of respiratory failure. I have lived in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley since 1962. I was born on July 26, 1949, to Leo and Hazel Teitzel in Eugene, Ore. I have two sisters, Linda and Merrilee, and one brother, Greg, whom I love very much. I have a very loving family. We picked different fruits, veggies and nuts while growing up in Oregon to help with the family income. We moved to Lewiston in 1962. My dad (Leo) worked for Montgomery Wards and my mother (Hazel) worked at the Green Stamp store for many years. I attended Mt. Vernon Grade School in Springfield, Ore., Jenifer Junior High and Lewiston High School here in the Valley. I graduated in 1967. I attended Lewiston Normal School (now LCSC) until 1971. I spent a lot of time at the Boys Club at the Vollmer Bowl location during my junior and senior years and was named Senior Boy of the year in 1967. I enjoyed officiating varied sports in my younger years and playing them too. I played city league basketball and softball, mainly softball for many years. I also played pool and darts. I played college basketball for one year and three years of baseball for the LCSC Warriors. I enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and having a good time with family and friends. I’ll never forget “The Cabin.” Thanks B.E. I did maintenance work for LCSC during the summers. I also worked for Twin City Foods during pea harvest. I started working for PFI (aka Potlatch, then Clearwater Paper) in 1972. I worked in production until 1975 when I joined the maintenance department as an apprentice pipefitter. I retired in 2009 after 37 years with the company. I was a member of the Lewiston Eagle Aerie 631 and the Clarkston Moose Lodge. I know about Bill W and AA.... “One day at a time.” I married Kathleen Hallingstad in 1969 and we have two beautiful daughters, Hollie and Karrie. We divorced in 1979. I married Susan McDowell in 1980, which ended in divorce. I later met and married Mary Carothers. I gained two daughters, Dona and Sarah. That marriage ended in divorce. I am very proud of my children and grandchildren. I love the saying “Raising children is part joy – part guerrilla warfare.” I’m leaving behind, but never forgotten, my daughters Hollie (Joe) Sorelle of Elk, Wash., and her children Brianna, Matthew and Joe’s children and Karrie (Chad) Barney and their girls Taryn, Loryn and Jenna of Lewiston; my bonus daughters Dona Black and Sara Carothers and her sons Michael and Justin; my sister Linda (Marion, deceased) Smith of Grand Rapid, Minn., and her son Paul (Nina) Smith and her stepchildren Rolly, Mona and Rob; my sister Merrilee Hamilton of Eugene Ore., her son Taz (Cathy) Hamilton and their two children, Emma and Riley and son Ty Hamilton and his children Allison and Brock; my brother Greg and Charlene Teitzel of Liberty Lake, Wash., and their children Emmylou (Aaron) Newell and their children Garrett, Gracie, and Natalie and Kelly (Jana) Teitzel and their children Ruby, Reid, Will and Silvie. My parents, grandparents, several aunts, uncles, cousins and my sister Linda’s husband Marion Smith have passed before me, as have many friends and classmates. I love you and will miss all of you. Here’s a little piece of advice kids, listen to your elders, they might know something you don’t. LOL The Boys and Girls Club, the Food Banks, and Animal Shelters, among other charities, can always use help. Please give. Have a Wonderful Life Everybody, I Sure Did.” ~ Dusty

We, the family, want to send our appreciation to Gary and Annie Palmer for their care and support (as well as their life-long friendship) with Dad. He could not have made it this far without you. In addition, we want to thank his wonderful neighbors who helped make it possible for him to spend his last years at home. Lastly, we want to give our sincere gratitude and huge thanks to the Lewiston Fire Department and Paramedics for their unwavering care and support of Dusty when he was in need.

A celebration of life party will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Lewiston Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.


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Saturday, December 16, 2:00 PM
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1104 Warner Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501

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