Dustin Patrick Freese


Dustin Patrick Freese


Dustin Freese
Dustin Freese

Dustin Patrick Freese was born on June 11, 1996, in Bozeman. He passed away on Jan. 4, 2013, after being struck by a moving vehicle while walking with a friend. His organs have been donated and will save or enrich a lot of lives.

Dustin attended Heck and Quaw Elementary and Belgrade Middle School in Belgrade through seventh grade and eighth grade at Lockwood Middle School after moving to Billings. He was a sophomore at Billings Senior High and played freshman and sophomore football for the Senior Broncs.

Dustin loved to fish and spent a lot of time with his dad and his brother on the Yellowstone River, cat fishing. He went paddle fishing in the spring of 2012 for the first time, snagged a 50 lb paddlefish and was hooked. Dustin and his dad were best fishing buddies, and he loved his brother Dillon as fiercely as he fought with him.

Dustin enjoyed shooting rifles, and prairie dog and deer hunting with his dad and brother and his uncles Rod and Mike, and his cousins Matthew and Andrew. Paintball wars were a favorite activity with Matthew and his gang. He spent a lot of time hanging out with his high school friends and was well liked and respected.

Dustin enjoyed watching comedy shows, playing Nightmare Room and telling stories with his uncles Anthony and Aaron and cousins Dominic and Nathan. The boys had so much fun going to the Bobcat playoff game in December with the Tangaros. Dustin loved to travel, and one of his best trips was going to Oregon with his aunt Andy and uncle Aaron for a family reunion. He had a great time in San Diego and Las Vegas with this mom, dad and brother for family vacations. He loved X-Box and had a lot of X-Box friends all over the country.

Dustin is survived by his father and mother, Brad and Stefeni Freese; his brother, Dillon; one grandmother, Dorothy Stieg; three uncles, Mike and Rod Freese and Aaron Stieg (Andrea); and one aunt, Sydni Tangaro (Anthony); four cousins, Andrew and Matthew Freese and Dominic and Nathan Tangaro; as well as numerous second, third and fourth cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Wilfred Stieg and Fran Freese; and his grandmother, Pat Freese.

Memorials can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be 12 noon, Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Billings Elks Club.

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  1. Nelseena Lehmann

    So sorry for the loss of your son, nothing can replace that. May you find comfort in the days to come. You’ll never forget him and always talk of him and cherish the memories. Bless you all

  2. Randy and Vicki Fix

    Brad, Stefeni & Dillon, I can’t imagine the pain of loss you are going through right now. May God give you comfort and may you hold on to all the wonderful memories of Dustin. Our prayers are with you all. Love Randy, Vicki, Kahla, Brent and Tiana Fix. Ekalaka, MT

  3. Phyllis N. Hughes

    So sorry to hear this Brad, Stefanie and Dustin and family. Praying that God gives you some comfort. God bless you all.

  4. Marian Stewart Watt

    Brad and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but will keep you all in my prayers. Thinking of all of you Marian

  5. Bob and Carol White

    Brad and Steph, you have so been in our prayers since we heard the news Saturday night and didn’t know how to contact you. Just want to be there and hug you and let you know how deeply we care and cry with you. Unimaginable that this could happen. We have so many memories of you and the boys,especially when Matt and Juli lived next to you. And then all our chats after they moved. And watching the boys grow and mature til you left Belgrade. Please know we have not stopped thinking of you for a minute the last few days and praying for you all. And grieving from the depths of our hearts with you.
    Carol and Bob

  6. Bob and Berniece

    Dear Brad ,Stefani, and Dillon,
    Our hearts are broken as we think of you in your hours of grief. We do so know how much Dustin was loved by so very many people and we remember how much a joy he was to all of you. May that love wrap itself around you all as you go through this time of pain. Our Prayers are for strength for each of you always. May Our Risen Savior Be With you all. Bob and berniece Stulc

  7. Tynie (Mader) Shaw

    Brad, Stefeni, Dillon and family: I am so sorry to learn of your loss of Dustin. My heart breaks for all of you and I pray for peace for you. -Tynie (Mader) Shaw

  8. Karen Kane Huckins

    Brad & Stefani, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. You are in my thoughts and will be in the days ahead.
    Karen Kane Huckins (Connie’s sister-in-law)

  9. Stefeni, Brad and Dillion,

    Out hearts are heavy with greif. We’re praying that you all would have mental and spiritual strength through this dark uncertain time. If there’s anything we can do give us a call, ok?

    Geoff Meyer & Family

  10. Mr. and Mrs. Freese,
    I want to say I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful son. I can only pray for you and your husband. I hope the gift of life given to others from his sacrifice will bring you comfort in time.

    As a teen, I walked Becraft Lane many times in the dark with friends. I remember the innocence of taking the walk to the store. We walked, as children do, laughing and being in the moment. It does not cross your mind that it is dark and cars are on the road. It is innocence. I know many of my friends, who walked the same Becraft Lane over 20 years ago, will be praying and thinking about you and your family today and many days from now.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. May your memories bring you comfort and God bring you peace in the days ahead. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    Vickie Streich
    Heck/Quaw Elementary

  12. Ramona Brastrup

    Words can not express the sorrow we feel. We are remembering that cute little boy playing next door on Al Drive. May God give you comfort and His peace. Our prayers are with you.
    Rick and Ramona

  13. Shelley Rehbein

    Brad and Stef, we are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin and Shelley Rehbein

  14. Carla Markuson Peterson

    Brad, Stefeni, Dillon, and family! So sorry to hear this news! May God bless you and provide comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead! Thinking of and praying for you all!

  15. William Bernhart

    Brad, Stefeni, Dillon and family,

    I am sincerely sorry about your loss. Although I didn’t know him that well, during our time spent with the Little Guy Football Bears I found him to be a polite, passionate and funny young man. My heart breaks for you and I know Dustin will be truly missed by many. I pray for your strength, understanding and peace during this time.

  16. I did not know your son, but my prayers are with your family. What a tragedy. I do want to thank you for donating his organs. As for me being a person who needs a kidney, I can’t bless you all enough to be willing to save another person’s life and let Dustin live on in someone else. God Bless your family.

  17. Brad, Stefeni and Dillon: We are all heartbroken at your loss and want you to know that you have been, and will continue to be in our prayers. Please also know that the life that Dustin has given to others will forever be a tribute to your generosity and will remain yet one more accomplishment by a fine young man. Mike and Sue Vinton

  18. Joe &Bobbie Bateson

    Stefeni & Brad:
    When we lost our daughter in law, we were devastated. Even having gone through that, we cannot even imagine the pain you are going through. You will get better, but it will be a long haul. Rely on your friends and family to get you through. We are thinking of you and praying for your family.

  19. Juanita S. Ross

    Dustin’s passing reminds me of a poem by Edgar A Guest that begins ‘I’ll give to you a child of mine to love for while he is here.’ Dustin was a gift like no other and I’m sure he contributed to the Lockwood community much more than you will ever know. As a single parent in Lockwood , my son rode his bike twenty years ago to baseball practice (Old Hardin Road) and the issues were much the same. The difference now is that there is much more traffic and many more people! Dustin passed through this world being a kid and if my memory serves me correct – we all were kids and did the very same things Dustin was fond of doing, which included walking down the road. May God Speed go with him and may we all gather together in this community and appreciate our young people and each other! As parents and a family, it sounds like he was well taken care of and was kept busy and happy – you have done your job well. May his lessons to share be passed on and heard! Juanita S. Ross

  20. Sherry Bruce and family

    To the Freese family,
    Our prayers and hearts go out to you, We are all so sorry for the loss of your son through this tragic accident. We did not know Dustyn but we will always remember the tragic accident that happened behind our house and we wish that there was more that we could have done for him that night. Your loss is immense but please always remember the wonderful times that you all had together. May god help you out in this time of need.

  21. Brad, Stefani,and Dillon;
    We are so sad for your loss. Brandon is really feeling the loss of a great friend. Our hearts ache for you! If there is ANYTHING we can do please call. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this tough time.
    Love, Joe, Carla, Brandon, and Kallie

  22. Leland Morrison

    Brad & Stefeni, One never knows why the Lord calls someone home. Your loss is felt by so many who knew Dustin and the family. My prayers are with you.

    Leland Morrison

  23. Kurt and Julie Schmidt

    Brad, Stefani and Dillon,

    Our hearts broke today learning of this news. We will always have great memories of “the boys” laughing/playing in the backyard. So amazed at your thoughtfulness in time of sorrow for organ donation. May Dustin live on forever with his/your gift. Hugs from all of us.

    Kurt, Julie, Shealyn, Nolan and Brynn Schmidt

  24. Brad, Stefeni, Dillon, and family. Our sincerest sympathies on the loss of Dustin. May God give you strength in the days ahead.Our heartfelt prayers are with each of you. Bernice Walter; Tod and Jitt and family; Norton and Jule and family.

  25. Dear Stefenie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There is no grief greater than the loss of a child, just try to remember there is no love greater than Our Holy Father’s through this terrible time. God Be with You Always, and know that you are in my prayers.

  26. I did not know Dustin or your family, but I have a son his age who regularly walks along our street to go to the convenience store. I am so very sorry for his loss and so thankful to your family that you chose to allow him to live on in others. There are no words, no comfort, nothing I can offer your family other than I AM SO SORRY for his loss. Please know that your family and Dustin matter to so many and you are in the hearts and prayers of many more than you would ever imagine. May God be with you now and in the future.

  27. Hollis Carlisle Espy

    Brad and Family, We are sadden to hear of the loss of Dustin. No one knows the pain you are feeling, but do know that many friends are thinking and praying for you and your family, and in some small way this may bring some comfort to you. Hollis Carlisle Espy

  28. Brad,Stef,& family, I`m so saddened to here of your tragic loss, You guys are in my thoughts in these troubled times.

    A friend, Shay Beyer (via Brazil)

  29. Sandra (Nies) Homolka

    You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I read the news. It is so difficult to lose a child. May God wrap his arms around you in the days and weeks ahead. My prayers will continue to come. Sandra (Nies) Homolka

  30. Roberta & Spence Huether

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your son, praying you will find comfort as you remember the good times that you shared, words can never express the sorrow that is felt at this time. May God Bless your family, and hold you close.

  31. We were so sad to hear about your loss. We hope that with time the memories of special times will help bring your family comfort.
    With thoughts & prayers,
    The Hermance family: Craig, Margi, Andrew, & Emma

  32. Quantum Composers (Paula Carstensen)

    Stefeni & Family – we are thinking about all of you and hope you can find peace amidst the insanity of it all – take care.

  33. Don and Nancy Schillinger

    Brad, Stefeni and family,
    We are so very sorry to learn of the loss of Dustin. May your happy memories be with you and help you through the tough times ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the Freeses and Stiegs.
    Don and Nancy Schillinger

  34. Brad and family,

    I was shocked and saddened to hear about this and I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  35. Steve & Suzette Oltrogge (Quantum Composers)

    Dear Brad, Stefani, and Dillon,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and our hearts during this very difficult time.

  36. Brad, Stefani and Dillon,
    All of you have been in our thoughts and prayers with over whelming sadness and many questions. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to have coached football for both of the fine young men you raised and I cannot begin to find the words to tell you what an outstanding job you have both done with your family. As I look at the pictures in my office from the 2009 and 2010 Rocky Bowl teams I find myself teary eyed and at the very same time fortunate to have been able to be in Dustin’s life in that capacity. Nikkii and I are both at a loss for words and grief stricken for all of you. There will be many questions in the days ahead with not a lot of answers, but there are so many people like us praying for you and asking the guy upstairs to help your family find some peace with this tragedy.

    Payne, Nikki and Caeden Stidham

  37. I was shocked when I read that Dustin died. I still remember him from when we went to Montana Kids daycare together. He was one of my best friends then. Though we grew apart he will always remain in my mind as a good friend. I am sorry for the loss of your family, and everyone who knew him. God bless you.

  38. Susan and Brett Swimley

    Brad, Stefeni and Dillon We are so shocked and saddened by the lost of Dustin. We wish there was something we could say or do to change this. You are in our prayers.

  39. Mitch & Sheri Simkins

    Brad, Stefeni, Dillon: We extend to you our deepest condolences and the wish for peace to return to your lives. Your love for Dustin survives. Please know that your family is in the thoughts and prayers of many. We are inspired by knowing that Dustin lives on in the bodies of so many other people through the organ transplants. What an incredible gift Dustin has given to others.

  40. Julie (Mobley) Bilbrey

    Stefeni & Brad & Freese/Stieg/Tangaro families ~

    I am so very saddened to read of Dustin’s accident. Please know that you are all in in my thoughts and prayers as you stuggle to endure the pain at this most difficult time. God Bless and big hugs to all…

  41. Brad and Stefeni, like all of us, we are deeply saddened by your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will pray for you all and ask that if there is ANYTHING we can do here in Bozeman for you or your family, please reach out. Be strong.

    Joe and Emily Coombs

  42. Brad, Stefani, and Dillon,

    We are at a loss for words except to say how deeply sorry we are for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We will always have fond football memories, escpecially of little guy football, and are glad we were able to be a part of Dustin’s life in that aspect. Bud and I think alot of your family, you raised 2 fine young men, and we know that you are very proud of them. If there is anything at all that we can do, please let us know.

    Bud, Mavis, Ty, Skylar, and Kayla Redden

  43. Stefeni, Brad & Dillon,

    So sorry for your loss. Heartbroken and shocked we struggle with you to understand and find peace. Your son was an amazing friend, and that is testiment to your wonderful family that you have. As the days go by we will continue to pray for comfort, peace and strength for your family.

    Rhonda, Aliisa, and Tanner

  44. Brad, Stefeni, Dillon and Dorothy:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Having lost a nephew at the similar age of Dustin, I share pain and understanding of your loss.

    Although miles away in Oregon, I appreciate our friendship of many years and please know that my thoughts/prayers will be with you this week and ongoing. I wish I was able to make the Memorial this Saturday. May God comfort and console each of you during this most trying time.

    Lance Clark

    P.S. The entire Clark family of Scott and Mary Clark, Brent Clark, Darlene Clark and Earl Clark also pass on our heart-felt thoughts and prayers!

  45. Brad and Stefeni and Dillon – I was so sorry to hear of Dustin’s accident and passing. He will always be part of your lives and good memories will keep him close in the days to come. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jane Frye

  46. Brad Stephine Dillion, you are and will always be in our hearts thoughts and prayers. My heart hurts everyday and your family is always on my mind. May the lord help you all through this trying time. Again I cant ever begin to feel your pain. But please know how truley sorry nate and I are.

  47. At Montana Kids we remember Dustin as a sweet, helpful and polite little man. Our hearts are broken for the Freese Family. You were always such a genuine, kind and supportive family. We are sending loving, warm thoughts your way. ~Montana Kids~ Leslie, Kelly & Tammy~

  48. Rebecca (Wilson) Kjolberg

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers going out to your family during this difficult time. Rebecca (Wilson)Kjolberg

  49. Mary Beth Green

    Stefeni and family,

    Our thoughts are with you. Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss.

    Doug and Mary Beth Green

  50. Valerie laBreck

    Brad and Stefeni and Dillon, We want you to know that our prayers are with you. Valerie and Tracy LaBreck, Sheridan, Wyoming

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