Ridgefield softball coach enters hospice care

Dusty Anchors says it is time to ‘rest in peace’

Ridgefield softball coach Dusty Anchors said goodbye in a Facebook post last week, noting that it is time to “rest in peace” after a two-year battle with “advanced cardiac heart disease.”

Ridgefield softball coach Dusty Anchors said goodbye in a Facebook post last week, noting that it is time to “rest in peace” after a two-year battle with “advanced cardiac heart disease.” Photo courtesy of Ridgefield High School
Ridgefield softball coach Dusty Anchors said goodbye in a Facebook post last week, noting that it is time to “rest in peace” after a two-year battle with “advanced cardiac heart disease.” Photo courtesy of Ridgefield High School

He had suffered a medical emergency the previous weekend, one that told him it was his heart’s way of saying that it was done.

Anchors’ medical team convinced him it was “time … to let go … to rest in peace and to let everybody close to me know that it was time to be in a better place.”

He announced that he would be going into hospice care Thursday to begin his final chapter. Family and friends, he said, will be able to “laugh, cry, hug, and remember what a good life it had been,” his post reads.

While he said it likely would be his last post, his wife posted a picture Sunday of Anchors preparing barbecue ribs.

In other words, he is doing what he said he would be doing, sharing more memories with family and friends.

He noted his love for softball and all the relationships the game has brought him.

“Again … please know I’m good with this decision,” Anchors wrote. “It’s time. I’m not a very religious person, but your thoughts and prayers for my family and myself are always welcome.”

He thanks loved ones for their friendship and for sharing their life with him.

But now it was time to “burn a little daylight.”

He signed the post, Coach Dusty.

“He is a true one-of-a-kind man who has a big impact on everyone he knows,” said Brynan Shipley, Ridgefield’s athletic director.

The Spudders will continue their softball season in the district tournament this week, hoping to earn a trip to the state tournament.

We at ClarkCountyToday.com want to send our prayers to Dusty, his family, and the Ridgefield athletic community.

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