Dustin "Dusty" Cleveland


Dustin “Dusty” Cleveland 78, rode off to the Great Arena in the Sky Wednesday, October 20, 2021. He was born in Schenectady, NY on October 24, 1942 to Harry and Virginia Cleveland. Dusty graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1961 and went on to serve his country as a Navy Corpsman while attending Auctioneer School, he married Diane in January of 1963. In 1974 he built his own Auction Barn where their business thrived for many years known as Circle C Auction Arena.

Dusty then went on to dedicate his life to become a legendary rodeo announcer and auctioneer. He loved traveling to the rodeos, hunting, fishing and spending time with his loved ones and friends. His love for the sport of rodeo was undeniable, he was a stranger to no one, the most genuine friend you could have. He was President of the First Frontier Circuit from 1978-1986, a member of the PRCA for 69 years and a Gold Card Holder. Dusty started his announcing career with All American Rodeo then was known by many as the Voice of the Cowtown Rodeo for 35 years. Dusty was also an Original Member of the Little Dutchmen’s Hunting Club and a member of the Kayderosseras Fish and Game Club. He received an Emmy Award in 2006 for his outstanding commentary for the Comcast Network. Through all of his accomplishments what he was most proud of was his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Virginia Cleveland, and his brother Wayne Cleveland.

Left to cherish the memory of him is his loving wife Diane of 58 years, three daughters Sheri Nastri (Carmine) of Ballston Spa, NY, Lorri Holcomb (Edward) of Lake Luzerne, NY, Jody Stockton (Roger) of Ballston Spa, NY., grandchildren Kendra Stockton, Alicia Bird (Dustin), Shelby Nastri, Cole Holcomb, Dusti Stockton, Cooper Nastri, great grandchildren Teagan Rivera, Stockton Bird, Sampson Bird and Stella Bird as well as many nieces, nephews, and very close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the New York State High School Rodeo Association, 58 Farley Rd, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

Everyone is invited to join the family at VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa for a feed and fellowship following the service at the funeral home.

Guest Book

Carol Holobinka

God bless you Dusty and prayers for your family through this difficult time. You were a very special person. You were kind, considerate and always willing to lend a helping hand. You were loved by many more than you could possibly know. You are no longer on this earth but I am sure I speak for many when I say you will always be in our hearts. Thanks for all the good times and the many rodeos over the years.
Your loyal rodeo fan.

Jason and Becky Martindale

Dusty was such a wonderful person and treated EVERYONE like family. He will be so greatly missed but forever held in our hearts.

Bill Preece

So sorry, Diane to hear of Dusty's passing. As you know we met as students @ Saratoga High & spent 3 years together, as I was 1 year ahead of Dusty. I can honestly say that he was one of my best friends during those years. I lost track of him during my Navy years, but looked him up a few years later. Dusty gave me one of the beagle hound pup & Janice & I loved the little pup for as long as he lived. I last saw Dusty at one of the Painted Pony Rodeo many years ago. I had often thought about you & Dusty thru the years. I'm deeply sorry that Janice & I didn't stop by to see you both before now, but you both will be forever etched in our minds. Please take care & pass on our regards & sympathy to the rest of the Cleveland Family. Rest In Peace my Dear Friend, Dusty.

Donald & Carol Lang

So sorry for the family's loss, hugs sent to all, and to Dusty keep on riding high, God bless you!

Patty Eckstrom Petel

As a classmate who has lost track with many people I would like to offer my condolences to Diane and family. I remember Dusty as a great kid and gentleman. Seems like Diane and Dusty have always belonged together.

Bob & Sheila Monks

We are so sorry prayers and hugs to the family

Colleen Ellsworth

Another rodeo legend and wonderful family man lost. Prayers to the Cleveland family. Our hearts are heavy with you. ❤️

Adam Kettering

Rest in peace Dusty, my condolences to family & friends. Dusty was a great man with a big heart. I have many fond memories of hunting with him in the Little Dutchman Club. Rest in peace & God bless.

Marie Ahl

Dusty, rest in peace in that big rodeo in the sky. Condolences to the family

Harry and Emma Lou Thompson

Sending our love and prayers to this special family during this incredibly sad time! May your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort now and in the years to come, and may the good Lord bless you as only He can! We love you!

Stan D

I wish to extend my condolences to Jodi and family for your loss. Dusty, thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace.

Joe and Robin Bell

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

Sandra Pomykala

I know Dusty as a Legend he was at cowtown he was such a kind man and was always so positive and proud!! He will be missed greatly but will never forget his voice!

Kim Nastri

I’m so sorry for your loss. Dusty was a great family man and I have so many fond memories visiting the Cleveland family watching his grandchildren grow up. My thoughts and prayers to all his family.

Marie Hall

Rest in peace Dusty you will always be remembered...♥️♥️

Michael Riggins

Dusty was a great auctioneer and an even better man. Prayers to his entire family and loved ones.

Deborah Clark Paddock

I am so sorry for your loss Diane and family. Hugs and prayers for you all. May he rest in peace

Joe Panarello

I want to submit my sincere condolences to Dusty’s family and friends. I met Dusty for the first time in 2003 when ADESA Long Island first opened. He was one first auctioneers that we had for our auction and I was just the IT guy. Dusty was one the only auctioneer who first introduced himself to me and ever since then we were friends for life. A funny thing happened a few years ago when I was vacationing up in Lake George me and my family went to a rodeo for the first time in our lives and while we there low and behold Dusty was there. Dusty and I locked eyes and immediately came to each other to say hi. He asked me what I was doing there and I told him and him I was on vacation with family and because he was such a nice guy he wanted to meet everyone who was me. He was so proud that his family was in the actual rodeo that I was there to see. My whole family was just mystified that I knew an actual auctioneer and how friendly Dusty was. This is such a devastating loss and I want to pass on my sincere condolences and my love to such a sweet and nice nice person.

Susan Paulson Bidwell

Dusty was always polite, always real and always made the best of everything. He was a heck of a rodeo announcer raised a beautiful family and was someone who lived by the cowboy code every day it’s who he was. He always made a real strong impression on me. I always will think of him and his legacy with prayers of gratitude for having the chance to know him. He enriched and endeared himself to everyone he worked with. Dusty you made every performance better, you made everyone feel welcome. As you throw your last earthly loop on that golden staircase to heaven and dally off, I wish you peace, joy, a good horse to go home on. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the great memories.

Sis Stum

Jodi & Roger,
We were so very sorry to read of Jodi’s Dad’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. May He Rest In Peace and God Speed.
The former Jacobsen Rodeo Company of Delia, KS

Pearl Jacobsen
Sis & Wilbur Stum, Jr. & Family
Dale & Carolyn Jacobsen & Families

Diane Martin

Rest in peace cowboy. You will be missed but always remembered

Linda Collins

My heart goes out to Dusty's family and friends. Dusty was a true Legend

Cindy And Wayne Martin

Beautifully written for an amazing person. Surely will miss his voice and his spirit.

Ed Burgess

So sorry to hear of Dusty’s passing. Dusty gave his all to the Sport of Rodeo. I am proud to have called him a friend! May he go with GOD

Diane Tetlak

My sincere condolences to the family. Dusty will trully be missed by all who knew him.

Noel Nixon

A great man and a great American!!! A distinguished Emmy winner as well!! Ride on Cowtown!!! The entire staff here at ADESA Long Island send our thoughts and prayers to you Diane and the entire family. God bless!!

Noel Nixon
ADESA Long Island

Bruce & Linda Hayes

Not often do you come across a man with such charisma and genuine likeability as Dusty. To him, a stranger was just a friend he hadn't met yet. He will be missed by all that knew him and even those that didn't know him well. May you rest in peace for days before the devil even knows you're gone. RIP Dusty.

Sharon and Butch Gray

Thoughts and prayers are being sent to Dusty’s entire family. He will be dearly missed by all his friends and Rodeo Family. Sending love and hugs