Dustin Wallis Obituary (1980-2021) – Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dustin Richard Wallis


Dustin died in the arms of his wife, with his mother by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the best example of a loving, humble, and generous husband, father, brother, and friend.

Dustin was born in Vernal, Utah and was the eldest of 5 children of Tamara Wallis-Peterson and Steven Wallis (deceased). He was the responsible big brother every sibling should have, while naturally allowing himself to be teased a little. Growing up Dustin enjoyed camping and hiking, and he got his Eagle Scout when he was 16. He was also fond of bowling and won several local tournaments. In high school, he played tennis with a team and with his family, a tradition they carry on whenever they can get together. Dustin learned to work early by looking after his younger siblings and from the age of 6 he worked in the family business, the local newspaper. He delivered newspapers and helped load papers from the printing press. When he was older, he continued to work side by side with his father, helping with the layout of the newspaper and maintaining the website.

After high school, Dustin served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paraguay. In Paraguay he learned Spanish and enjoyed the abundance of fresh mangoes and real Coca-Cola. He came home with many gifts for his family, including beautiful Paraguayan lace and matte.

Dustin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. Throughout his school years, he worked hard and with integrity to make sure he found his own way. He later earned a double master’s degree in engineering and business administration.

He met Emily, the love of his life, during his bachelor’s degree. And after he finally found the courage to ask her to marry him, they were married on January 6, 2007 in the Salt Lake City Temple. You have been blessed with two children, James, 6 and Annabelle, 3.

In everything he did, Dustin was a hardworking worker who met every responsibility 100%. The greatest joy and responsibility in his life was bringing up his children. He would spend as much time with them as possible, playing any game they wanted, telling real and fictional stories, creating quizzes and challenges to exercise their minds and bodies, and reading the scriptures with them every night. James inherited Dustin’s love of building, and the two took on many Lego and junk building projects together. Annabelle and Dustin shared a goofy sense of humor, everyone loved making others laugh with their silliness. They played, glued, painted and read unicorn and rainbow books together until his last days. Dustin will continue his loving stewardship of his children and families in heaven.

Dustin had unwavering faith in God until the end and was greeted in heaven by his father Steven on May 27, 2021.

Viewing takes place at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 pp.) On June 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the funeral will take place on June 4, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Brighton 1st Ward Chapel, 2925 E. Bengal Blvd (7800 S. ), Cottonwood Heights, UT) with pre-service viewing from 9: 30-10: 30 a.m.

Dustin valued hard work and all forms of learning. Instead of flowers, please consider honoring him by contributing to Utah 529 education savings plans for James and Annabelle.



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Published by Deseret News from May 31 to June 1, 2021.

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