Jeffrey L. “Dusty” Obert: Dec. 15, 1955 – May 31, 2019

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    Jeffrey L. “Dusty” Obert of Fort Myers Beach, Florida fell asleep in death on May 31, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Susan Wilson-Obert, his sons Justin and Nick, grandson Joshua and his parents,  R. Patrick Obert and Patricia Bray, as well as extended family throughout the western states.

    A well-known figure on the beach, Dusty was easily recognized by his signature white straw cowboy hat and appreciated for his quick wit, loyalty to friends and family alike, and undying passion for protecting the environment.

    Born in Seattle, Washington, Dusty grew up on the water and never lost his love for the sea. A sailor and talented woodworker himself, Dusty had a deep and abiding appreciation for wooden sailing ships.

    Awarded a soccer scholarship at Washington State, Dusty earned a degree in engineering. Always the athlete, Dusty suffered from a fractured neck from a dive accident. Told he would never walk again, he proved them wrong and not only walked, but led a very fulfilling life though that injury would haunt him in his later years.

    He spent 15 years landlocked in Denver, Colorado, where he met his wife and the love of his life, Susan. They had two sons, Justin and Nick, and eventually moved to Fort Myers Beach in 2001. Dusty was a devoted family man and having raised two sons together, he and Susan took on the joyful role of raising their 8-year old grandson, Josh.

    A true champion of the environment and all the creatures that call it home, Dusty was quite vocal about the need for boats and jet skis to respect the space and natural behavior of manatees and dolphins. Our local wildlife has lost a dear and loyal friend.

    Dusty was an intelligent, articulate man who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. He stood up for his family, his friends, and our precious environment. He made a beautiful difference in this world and will be dearly missed.

    A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held Saturday, June 8 at 6pm at Bonita Bill’s Conference Room. The family requests those attending wear bright, colorful clothing. Dusty loved life and would not want a somber occasion to honor his life.

    A true mariner to the end, Dusty wished to be cremated and buried at sea, where his story began and his heart always yearned to be.