This page and site is dedicated
in memory of my son Dustin who was born on August 9, 1986
and passed away on July 8, 2001 in a one-vehicle accident.
I was only 17 myself when Dustin came into
my life. I had never known the kind of love a person could
have for someone else until that day I first held Dustin in
my arms. He was my world and I loved him so very dearly. Dustin's
dad and I never married and we went our separate ways shortly
after Dustin was born. However, Dustin's dad always stayed
involved in his life.
Dustin was such a blessing to my family and
me. He touched all our lives greatly. Dustin and I grew together
and I knew he was someone I would have in my life forever.
As a young child Dustin struggled with Attention
Deficit Disorder and took medication for it. He struggled
through grade school and middle school, not knowing for sure
where he belonged. Sometimes school was so hard for him, but
we always pulled through the bad times.
When Dustin was in eighth grade he was beginning
to do so much better at school. He was finally on a medication
that helped him concentrate better. He decided to join the
school's golf team and fell in love with it. He loved to play
golf. The following year when he went to the high school he
continued to do well and once again joined the golf team.
He came home one day from golf practice and was so excited,
our local Country Club had offered him a job after school
helping in the Pro Shop. He was so excited. It was Dustin's
first job and he took so much pride in it. I was so proud
The summer of 2001 came and Dustin was to
go to his dad's for the summer. I wanted him to stay and continue
his job at the Pro Shop. But I understood his decision in
going to his dad's, as he didn't get to spend a lot of time
with that side of his family.
The Fourth of July weekend came and I tried
to get Dustin to come home for a few days. Offered to come
and get him and take him back, but he chose to stay there.
How I wish that I had made him come home for a few days.
The last time I spoke to Dustin and heard
his sweet voice was on Friday July 6th, 2001. For on Sunday
July 8th, 2001 our world as we knew it would never be the
Sunday, July 8th, was like any other day to
me. However, around 10:30 - 11:00am I kept thinking about
Dustin and wanting to talk to him. I tried calling, but could
not get any answer. At 11:58am Dustin's aunt called and told
me that Dustin and his half brother Tobey had been in an accident.
I was four hours away from my Dustin and felt so very hopeless.
Dustin was driving his dad's pickup down a dirt road, when
he lost control. Dustin and his half brother were the only
ones in the vehicle. Dustin was a month away from turning
15 and didn't even have a valid driver's license. Both boys
were life flighted to Kansas City hospitals. Dustin never
regained consciousness and passed away at 1:09pm, shortly
after arriving at KU Medical Center. My family and me made
it to the hospital, but it was too late. My Dustin had gone
to Heaven and I didn't even get to tell him goodbye.
Dustin's half brother survived the accident
with a head injury and broken leg in several places. He is
now a normal teenager, but I am sure he lives with the memories
of their accident everyday.
The day I lost my Dustin, was the day my "new"
life began. A life I didn't want to live. I will never understand
this life and will forever miss and hurt for my Dustin. The
pain is still as raw as it was that day in July of 2001, but
I have just learned to cope with it better. I can now talk
about and think about Dustin with a smile on my face and in
my heart and remember the happy times we shared and be thankful
for the short time we had together.
I know someday we will be together again and what a joyful
day that will be.
Hamilton 1986 - 2001
(posted in the Chanute Tribune 7/9/01)
Dustin Glen Hamilton, 14,
Chanute, died Sunday, July 8,
2001, at the KU Medical Center
from injuries following a truck
accident near Hiawatha.
He was born August 9, 1986,
Chanute, the son of Tobey Barnhart
and Angela Hamilton.
He grew up in Chanute and
would have been a sophomore at
Chanute High School in the fall. He
was a member of the CHS golf team.
He is survived by his father,
Tobey Barnhart, Hiawatha; his
mother, Angela Hodges, Chanute;
two brothers, Tray Hodges,
Chanute, and Tobey Barnhart, Jr.,
Hiawatha; two sisters, Casie
Barnhart and Kaliegh Barnhart,
both of Hiawatha; a stepsister,
Tyrenia Hodges, Arkansas;
grandparents, Linda and Ed
Barber and Duane Hamilton,
all of Iola, and Donna and
Marvin Barnhart, Hiawatha.
He was preceded in death by
step-father, Don Hodges.
Services will be at 2 pm.
Wednesday, July 11, at the First
Christian Church, Chanute, led by
the Rev. David Jenkins. Burial will
be in Highland Cemetary, Iola.
The family will receive friends
from 7 pm - 8 pm. Tuesday at the
Waugh-Yokum & Friskel
Memorial Chapel, Iola, is in charge