Dustin I. (Hadfield) Eldson

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1988 – 2014

LEWISTON — Dustin I. (Hadfield) Eldson, 26, of Mechanic Falls, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 11, in Lewiston.

Dustin was born on April 5, 1988, in Lewiston, a son of Linda (Strout) Lajoie. He attended Mechanic Falls and Poland schools, graduating from Poland High School in 2006.

During high school, he participated in the LRTC law enforcement program and was awarded the David R. Payne Memorial Award in 2005 for outstanding performance by a junior cadet. In 2006, he was awarded the Cpt. Raymond Lafrance Award for patriotism, professionalism and outstanding performance.

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He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force out of high school in 2006 and served until 2012, having done a tour in Afghanistan.

As a young boy, he enjoyed camping, bike-riding, swimming, baseball and playing with his brother and sister.

He most recently worked at Radio Shack in Lewiston and enjoyed music, electronics and video games.

Dustin could find humor in almost any situation and his ability to make others smile and laugh is how he will always be remembered.

Dustin leaves behind his mother, Linda Lajoie and her husband, Rick, of Mechanic Falls; a brother, Adam Hadfield and his son, Osiris, of New Mexico; a sister, Amanda Dube of Mechanic Falls; maternal grandparents, Alwin and Merry Strout Jr. of Mechanic Falls; two step-brothers, Dylan Lajoie of Portland and Cullen Lajoie of Lewiston; an uncle, David Strout of Gorham; a cousin, Samantha Strout of Portland; and his ex-wife, Vaniti Wells of Texas.

He was predeceased by a cousin, Kasandra Schmieks.

The family would like to thank his friends, John, Robert, Jed, Corey, Alli and Michelle, as well as the Lewiston Police Department.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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