Dusty was born to Thilmer and Shirlee Maland in Milbank, South Dakota. His family moved to Walla Walla in 1951. His father operated the Western Auto hardware store on Main Street, where he worked after school. Dusty attended Green Park Elementary, Pioneer Jr. High, and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1958. Dusty married Elizabeth (Betty) Funk in Pendleton, Oregon on September 28, 1963. He earned his bachelor degree at Western State College (University) in Gunnison, Colorado while working summers in Walla Walla during pea harvest.
He was hired as an agricultural engineer for Birdseye/General Foods (D&K Frozen Foods) in 1966, managing the pea harvest in the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton and south to the hills above Weston and Athena, Oregon. He coordinated lima bean harvest operations in Nampa, Idaho. He was briefly the service manager at H&H International farm equipment dealership, and then a self- employed farmer raising wheat, barley, green peas and alfalfa for 15 years at the Walla Walla City spray farm. While working winters at Spout Springs Ski Area as the mountain manager, he took over the rental shop during an ownership change. This grew into Dusty’s Ski Shop in Walla Walla, with locations open at one time in Kennewick, Seattle, Dayton, and Hermiston.
An avid skier, he was a 50 year and lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, achieving National Number 5603, skiing and working at the Grand Mesa Ski Area, helping construct and operate Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado, and returning to patrol and manage Spout Springs in eastern Oregon. He was the chairman for the annual Spout Springs Patrol Ski Swap fundraiser for over 20 years.
Dusty was a 33 year volunteer firefighter for Walla Walla County District #4 Fire Department and the treasurer of Station 3. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Walla Walla and lifetime member of the BPOE #287 (Elk’s). With all three sons attending Green Park Elementary, he operated the popcorn booth at the School PTA Carnival and was involved in Scouting, especially the Pinewood Derby.
Dusty instilled a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit in his sons. He assisted in the creation of an audio visual company (Maland Communications/Presentations) with Michael, a computer software retailer with Christopher, and a retail snowboard store (Dusty’s Kennewick) with Jonathan.
He enjoyed traveling with family and friends including trips to Canada, the Oregon Coast, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana as well as trips to Europe, Scandinavia, and China with Betty.
Dustin is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Kristin Maland of Snoqualmie, WA, Christopher and Jiyeon Maland of Seattle and Jonathan and Merrylou Maland of Walla Walla; and four grandchildren, Lauren, Ian, Thilmer and Jake Maland.
Viewing & visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The Graveside Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 SE Myra Rd. The Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Koonz officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics Alpine Skiing and the Lillie Rice Center in memory of his sister, Celeste Maland through the funeral Home.