Morro Bay surfer Dustin Ray dead at 39
September 14, 2012
The official cause of death for this local surfer who was known to struggle with substance abuse is yet to be determined. “Unashamed and honest,” Ray allowed his addictions to be publicized in the 2000 movie The Decline, according to Surfline.
Ray leaves behind three children, two of whom are now orphans. In 2005, Ray’s 23-year-old fiance and the mother of two of his children, Marcel Sueann Groesbeck, was killed after her car plunged off the east side of Highway 1 and crashed into 13th Street in Cayucos.
A friend of Ray, Azhiaziam founder and photographer Mike Jones, is organizing a memorial paddle-out scheduled for Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at Morro Rock, one of Ray’s favorite haunts. In addition, he has set up a memorial page on Facebook while also requesting donations be sent to assist Ray’s mother, who is now responsible for the children’s care.