Dustin Scott Latham, a 42 year lifelong resident of Humboldt County and a Yurok tribal member, passed away on February 27, 2024 in Eureka.

Dustin was born to Sherry Latham and Howard Chavez on Wednesday, April 1 of 1981 at 7 p.m. at the Humboldt General Hospital. Dustin was raised by many family members including his mother, Sherry, grandmother Marilyn and many aunties and cousins. Dustin always enjoyed being surrounded by his “village.”

Dustin was involved in several sobriety programs, such as, The Red Road Meetings in Eureka and participated in the United Indian Health Services sobriety programs with various activities. Dustin has lived in several safe and sober homes in Humboldt; the structure of the programs and the friendships he made were a big help for his journey through sobriety. There are many people Dustin met through these venues that touched his life in great and positive ways. We are thankful for the many people that walked with and guided Dustin throughout his life.

Dustin was into “Popping tags” at the thrift store, finding a good deal, telling his friends and family “big fish tales.” Dustin also enjoyed going fishing, hiking, camping and enjoying nature. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was quite the character as some would say and his laugh would make it all the more apparent.

Dustin is preceded in death by his #1 fan, grandmother Marilyn Lewis-Latham. along with his grandfather, Lawrence “Jip” Latham, and his father, Howard Chavez. Dustin will be laid to rest alongside his grandmother, Marilyn.

Dustin is survived by: Mother - Sherry Latham, Uncle - Wesley Latham, and Great Aunt, Janice Yerton. Siblings: Summer Rose Chavez-Porter, Cassandra Chavez, Roberta Chavez, Sherilyn Latham, Matt & Destiny Douglas, Kyle & Raven Smith, and Chwakin Latham. Along with numerous nephews, nieces, and many many cousins. Special thanks to Dennis Moffett, Fredrick Lewis and other household members for being with Dustin in his last days.

A service for Dustin will be held in Hoopa on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Hoopa First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Loop Rd and Highway 96 at 11 a.m. Following the services, a reception with food provided, will be held at the church. Burial will be afterwards with immediate family at the graveside.


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