Dustin Levi Stamper, 31, of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away Feb. 10, 2016. Dustin was born Sept. 21, 1984, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Albert and Sharon Stamper. He is the oldest of three children with younger brother Mitch and sister Amanda. Dustin spent most of his childhood at the family logging camp where he found his love for the outdoors and developed a strong work ethic working and learning alongside his dad, Albert, Grandpa Lyle and family.
Dustin attended school through junior high in Grangeville. He excelled in the sport of wrestling and loved rodeo. At the age of 7, along with his brother Mitch, he started little guys wrestling. This is also when he started rodeo with calf and steer riding and that eventually led to bull riding at the age of 14. Dustin attended Highland High School in Craigmont where he continued wrestling and won a district championship advancing to the state tournament where he earned a sixth place medal his senior year. He graduated from Highland in 2002.
After graduation Dustin joined the family business, Stamper Brothers Logging, with his dad Albert, Uncle Kevin and Grandpa Lyle. Dustin worked for various loggers in Idaho before working at The McGregor Company for several years, where he earned a role in management. His love for the outdoors led him back to logging because he always said his best memories were spent in the woods with his brother, Mitch, and family. At the time of his death he was working with Pineda Logging and enjoying the work and friendships. He had a reputation for being able to fix and operate any piece of equipment. He never met a stranger and was always straight to the point. Dustin has numerous friends in both the farming and logging industries.
Dustin married his high-school girlfriend and best friend, Kristina Coursey, and they have three children together: Mccoy, Royce and Preslee. Dustin enjoyed watching his sons play sports and helped coach wrestling. Dustin and Mccoy had a strong bond with their love for wrestling and Dustin was very proud. He loved taking Mccoy and Royce fishing and the boys looked forward to spending this time with their dad to see who could catch the most and biggest fish. Preslee is Dad's little princess and she loved being outdoors spending time with Dad and the boys. Dustin always had a big garden and the kids loved helping him work the garden and pick the plants and vegetables. More than anything Dustin enjoyed being outdoors camping and fishing with Kristina and the kids getting firewood, riding four-wheelers and listening to music.
Dustin was known for his big personality. He had a great, contagious laugh and a big smile. He loved singing and listening to music with all of his family and friends. He loved life and always had fun. Dustin will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Dustin is survived by his wife, Kristina; children, Mccoy, Royce and Preslee (Grangeville); parents, Albert Stamper (Craigmont), Sharon Stamper (Sweetwater); brother, Mitch (Shelby) Stamper and family (Winchester); sister, Amanda (Jake) Sims and family (Caldwell); brother, Kash Stamper; stepsisters, Miranda and Ashley Hendren (Winchester); grandparents, Lyle and Marilyn Stamper (Lewiston); and numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Dustin was preceded in death by uncles, Scott Stamper and Kevin Stamper; grandmother, Carol Haskell; and stepsister, Stephanie Hendren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Grangeville High School on Saturday, Feb. 20. Burial will take place after at Fairview Cemetery for immediate family only. The family expresses sincere thanks for the many condolences received and with appreciation suggests memorial gifts be donated to an account set up in the family's name at any US Bank location. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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