James Andrew “Andy” Duston, 31, passed away with the comfort of loved ones, family and the dearest of friends on Friday, September 7, 2018. Andy knew how to love and he loved hard, deep and fiercely. Andy died a loyal friend, devoted brother, loving boyfriend and imperfectly perfect son. Andy was special and unique in all that he lived.
Andy was born to Jim and Karen Duston in Nassau Bay, Texas on March 5, 1987. He kept the world waiting and on its toes past his due date, and continued to surprise people every day of his life. Andy saw the world differently with views of compassion, empathy and love, and yet with brutal honesty, sarcasm, social justice and utmost realistic optimism. He lived every day of his life with an incomparable integrity of himself and with great forgiveness, compassion and loyalty of those he held dear. He cared about others with a full heart and undying love; and for that, we are all forever changed.
From a young age, Andy was an inquisitive thinker, avid reader and phenomenal athlete. Fueling his brain with science fiction, the classics and true non-fiction, he was absolutely brilliant and could hold his own in any argument he was invited to or started. A walking Google, Andy had a cutting wit and generous curiosity to understand how everything functions and how to prove people wrong. From gymnastics, baseball and soccer, Andy was a phenomenal athlete earning the highest of accolades in his sporting environments. He graduated from Alvin High School in 2005 and graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology in 2017. Andy’s gift for understanding people and how they work has effortlessly enabled him to be a best friend, confidant, partner in crime and loving family member to many.
Andy cared more than anyone about anything and everything. Picking up strays wherever he went, his great love for animals of all kinds was demonstrated in his variety of science-based and well-researched hobbies. Whatever he chose to care about, he did so passionately and held tight on his stance with a fervent dedication to his argument. Andy challenged people in their beliefs and opinions, and ultimately, challenged people to be better.
Andy is survived by the love of his life, Alexa Brandhoff; his parents, Jim and Karen Duston; his sister, Kay Pierce; his brother in law, Art Pierce; his nephew and niece, Fisher and Hazel Pierce; his grandparents, Mary Katherine Lansford and Duane and Lucy Duston; his aunts and uncles, John and Laura Duston, Chuck Duston, and Mike and Tammi Lansford; his cousins, Jim (wife Katherine) and Lauren Lansford and Jeremy, Tyler and Cody Duston; his best friends, Christopher Pounds and Jason Labry, two of the three musketeers. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Naomi Duston and James Lansford.
Andy’s life will be celebrated with a viewing at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Andy will be laid to rest at a private graveside service and memorial with family and friends at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Andy’s memory to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Duston family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.