At 3:36 Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 18), Evanston resident Dallin Richard Housley, after several days of increased heart trouble, broke the shackles of his body and set his spirit free to return home to loved ones who’ve gone before.
Known mostly for his cheerful disposition, love and mischievous sense of humor, scores of people loved him ... but none more than his family.
At a young age, Dallin started to show the symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disorder. Over the course of his life, and frequent hospital stays, it gradually took from him his ability to walk and to lift his arms and then slowly took his life. We came close to losing him several times to pneumonia, but his strong immune system, his will to live and modern medical science always won. It was his heart that finally failed in the end — a common cause of death with muscular dystrophy patients.
The family appreciates the kind efforts of the various medical and support providers who have played a role in all of Dallin’s successes throughout his life, including Shriner’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, the Utah Muscular Dystrophy Association, Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah Medical Center, and Make-A-Wish Foundation, to name a few. Also Evanston Regional Hospital, Bridges, Lincoln Self Reliance, Best Home Health, Compassionate Journey and Silver Lining — all of Evanston Wyoming.
He is preceded in death by both of his grandparents on his mother’s side, Darrell Edward and Jeana Lee Smith.
He leaves behind both of his parents, William Aaron and Julie Kaye Housley; his grandparents on his father’s side, F. Aaron and Marilyn May Housley; and all of his siblings, Alicia Dawn Colvin, Krista Lynn Clement, Stephanie Anne Hanks and Aaron Kent Housley; along with eight nieces and nephews.
Dallin’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Evanston South Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 632 Twin Ridge Ave., Evanston.
A visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the Friday service at the church.
Food will be organized and provided by the family’s church congregation.
Dallin will rest at the Evanston Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.