Graham Dustin Dewey, age 21 of Laramie, WY, died on October 15, 2021, resulting from injuries received while repairing a truck. He was the only child of Janet and Chris Dewey, both residents of Laramie, WY.
Graham grew up in Starkville, MS learning to play in nature as well as drive and fix things while living out in the country. As a child he had a great appreciation for learning how things worked and doing things outdoors. He spent endless hours building things, watching and reading Popular Mechanics, and teaching himself French by watching the Magic School Bus in French. Graham moved to Laramie at the age of 10 where he discovered the joys of winter. He enjoyed ice skating, alpine skiing, and fishing with friends. Graham wanted to live in Laramie, WY forever, and hoped someday to buy a small home with a large workshop just out of town and own a vintage Peterbilt.
Graham was a lifelong gearhead and loved anything that had an engine. He was a rail fan and hobbyist, a Ford enthusiast, and dreamed of becoming a pilot. Occasionally he took time out from his automotive endeavors to ski at Snowy Range or hang out at Coal Creek with his family and friends. Graham was proud of his Commercial Driver’s License and his Automotive Service Excellence certifications, both of which he acquired at the age of 19. He worked full-time as a commercial driver and was also an Army National Guard Heavy Vehicle Operator (88M, Specialist), with the Douglas, WY Guard unit.
Graham had a heart as big as Wyoming and was always giving of his time, money, and talents. Graham could often be seen around Laramie driving one of his many old Fords, pulling vehicles out of snowbanks, or fixing the cars of hapless motorists in the O’Reilly’s parking lot. He was always first to reach out with a helping hand and held himself to a high ethical code of behavior in business and his personal life. He was passionate, full of dreams and was always willing to work to reach them. He attracted into his life amazing people and the quality of those people is a testament to the quality of his heart.
Memorial Services will be held at St Matthews Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 28th with the Very Rev. Marilyn Engstrom presiding. A reception at the Depot Railway Museum will follow. The service will also be available to stream through the Church’s website at www.stmatthewscathedrallaramie.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laramie Railroad Depot Museum, Laramie Interfaith, Laramie Soup kitchen or a charity of your choosing that benefits those who are down on their luck at your location.
“Never afraid to be who he was”