Staff Profile: Dustin Sypes

Originally from southern Idaho, Dustin Sypes has lived in Moscow for six years. This week he not only celebrates six months of working as a cashier at the Co-op, but also plans on exploring Moscow Mountain for the first time. (Six years in Moscow and no mountain? I think he's going to love it and wonder how he didn't do it sooner!)

Dustin has worked various retail and service jobs over the years, and says the best part about working at the Co-op is the caring work environment. Defining strong leadership as a combination of altruism, knowledge, and dedication, he feels that he sees that here, and he appreciates the support of his supervisors and colleagues.  

Dustin is the father of a five-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. When asked what he couldn't live without, he immediately answered air and his kids. "When their grandparents had them for a weekend, I was left wondering what to do with myself. I had cleaned the house and didn't have to immediately pick up the same mess again," he laughs. Although parenting his children is one of his greatest joys, it is also one of his greatest challenges. He says "becoming a good parent and overcoming certain behaviors learned from your own parents is a learning experience," but one that he embraces. 

In his spare time, Dustin enjoys the old University of Idaho arboretum, Dungeons and Dragons, good live music, and making and performing music. Dustin is primarily a vocalist and guitarist, but he also plays a little bass, drums, and piano. His knowledge of these instruments in combination with a loop pedal allows him to perform as a solo artist locally. In addition to performing, Dustin cannot resist attending a good live music show. In fact, if he were able to jump into a different career, he would love to open a music venue. 

After attending UI, where he majored in English literature and secondary education, Dustin decided to take a break until both of his children are in school before finishing. He's still drawn to education, but also considers business as a possible degree. 

  • Favorite Moscow Food Co-op Food:
  1. Sunday roast          
  2.  the chewy gluten free cookie
  • A Personal Philosophy: Be considerate and open-minded. 
  • Advice He Would Give To His 13-year-old Self: Look before you leap.
  • Favorite Book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Favorite Movie(s): Amelie or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Superpower: True empathy—he could touch someone and absorb their feelings, taking away migraines or completely understanding what someone is going through.