Jean "Dusty" Destruel

Jean Destruel

pal: Past Active Life (PAL)


Mead Clark Lumber Company

Long-time Santa Rosa businessman Jean “Dusty” Destruel passed away on August 25, 2014 surrounded by family and friends.

Dusty was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Rosemary Destruel and their daughter Suzanne Destruel Baker. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Randy (Shelley) Destruel and Kevin (Karen) Destruel, his sister Jeanette Tocchini, his sister-in-law Betty Mettelstadt and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dusty was a past president of the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 and served on the very first board of regents at Cardinal Newman High School. He was on the board of directors of the Exchange Bank for many years. He was a member of the North Coast Builders Exchange and also a member of its hall of fame.

He belonged to the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club for 59 years and he was a long-time member of the Wild Oak Saddle Club.

Dusty graduated from Santa Rosa High School, where he was a star athlete and earned All-American status as a football player.

He graduated early from high school and enlisted in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific until the surrender of Japan. He returned home to Santa Rosa and attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship.

In 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Rosemary Pickard. They spent many happy years together until her death in September of 2013.

Dusty went to work for his father, Elie Destruel, at Mead Clark Lumber in 1950. They worked together until Elie’s death in 1979.

At that time Dusty became the president of the company, serving until his retirement in 1999.

Dusty and Rosemary traveled the world together sightseeing, hunting and fishing. They especially enjoyed their four safaris to Africa with several of their friends.

Dusty had many friends and lived life to the fullest. For Dusty, the glass was always half full and there was always a new friend to be made at his next destination.


Current Position(s)

  • Past Active

Positions Held

  • Board Member
  • President

Past President



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