OBITUARY

L Dwight Custis

June 21, 1920July 11, 2012

L Dwight Custis June 21, 1920-July 11, 2012

After a full and active life of Christian ministry and leadership that has blessed the lives of countless people in the Portland area and beyond, 92 year old Pastor L Dwight Custis died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

The Northwest has been home to Dwight for most of his life. Born in Tacoma, Washington on June 21, 1920 to William Granville and Cecil Bertha Custis, Dwight was the first of seven children (5 brothers and one sister).

In 1938, Dwight left Tacoma for Waco, Texas where he attended Baylor University and eventually met his soul-mate and the love of his life, Edith Lucille Mouton of Harrisburg, Arkansas. They married in January 1943. Under WWII provisions intended to prepare military chaplains, Dwight was classified as a "wartime irregular" and allowed to complete his masters work at Dallas Theological Seminary before earning his bachelors degree. He completed his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology at British Columbia University (1951) and was then granted his M.A in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary for work completed in 1947. He was deeply influenced by the expository preaching and godly mentoring of the seminary's founder, Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer.

As a young child Dwight felt called to Christian ministry. His call was recognized when at the age of 19, he was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by his home church, Temple Baptist in Tacoma. He preached his first sermon at the age of 18 and his final sermon in January 2012 at the age of 91 after learning he had cancer. Between those two sermons he pastored churches in Beaumont, Texas, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Santa Barbara, California. But by far the longest stretch of his ministry has been in Portland--on the faculty of then Multnomah School of the Bible (now Multnomah University) teaching Bible (1951-59), at Central Bible Church as Assistant Pastor to Dr. John G. Mitchell (1957-68) and then Pastor (1968-81), and finally as Pastor of Trinity Bible Church (1981-2012). For decades he has been a familiar voice on KPDQ radio.

His legacy of a deep love for Jesus Christ and a passion for the study and teaching of God's Word lives on in the lives of those who will miss him most: Lucille, his beloved wife of 69 years, his brother, Bryce H. Custis of Tacoma, Washington, his four children and their spouses--L Dwight Custis Jr. and Nancy of Southlake, Texas, John Marc Custis and Marilyn of Gresham, Carolyn Custis James and Frank of Boxford, Massachusetts, and Gary William Custis and Martha of Tigard, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

His funeral is on Thursday, July 19, 1:00 pm at Trinity Bible Church, 14333 N.E. Whitaker Way, Portland, Oregon 97230 with a graveside following at the Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made in Dwight's honor to the Trinity Bible Church Future Ministries Fund, P. O. Box 16732, Portland, OR 97792-0732.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Beth Moszeter

July 29, 2012

Always preaching the Gospel, that is what I will remember about Pastor Custis. I read His series on "The Doctrines of Grace", and it changed my life completely. For 2 years after that I wanted so much to meet Pastor Custis. Through God's sovereign hand I began to attend Trinity Bible Church. I spent the next 7 years at Trinity learning and growing in the Lord through rich teaching and the meat of the Word that I so needed and longed for. Not only on the Lord's day but in every class I attended, it was rich with God's Word.
Pastor Custis wrote me a letter when I first attended Trinity. He said, "What we are doing we know is not popular in the world, but we are not seeking to please the world. We want to please the Lord so we can have His blessing".
I will forever be grateful for His wisdom and deep care for all of us. The teaching I received at Trinity equipped me for the work that was ahead of me in Goldendale. As Ephesians 4:12 says, "For the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
That was Pastor Custis. I truly give glory to God for using this tender, loving, faithful man in all our lives.

Philip & Janice Livesley

July 20, 2012

In 1973 we came to know and Love the Lord Jesus Christ through Pastor Custis's wonderful teaching of the Word Of God. We rejoice he is now with his Beloved Savior. He will be greatly missed, but know his ministry continues.

Elizabeth Hagen (Schmitt)

July 16, 2012

Pastor Custis was a great teacher, pastor, and friend. I have fond memories of the church dinners he would take me to as I didn't have a Dad in the home and his girls were older and away at college. Words can't express everything this man of God meant to me or my family. He is rejoicing and catching up with my Mom in heaven right now. May God bless your family - Elizabeth Hagen (Schmitt)

July 16, 2012

To me Dwight was a great Bible teacher while at MSB, a friend to a new Christian and thus an inspiration to press on in following Christ who is still my Goal in life. I rejoice in all of this for one day we shall both see our Savior face to face and for all eternity Praise Him.May Lucille be resting in Him during these difficult days ahead. Terry N.Craig [ Vancouver, Wa ]

Raeanne Barker

July 14, 2012

May you rest in peace Mr. custis. I've only known you a short time and your strength in the Lord touched me. Praying for your family in this tough time, but knowing you are in Heaven is a wonderful thing. God Bless.

Kathy Houck

July 14, 2012

My Pastor, my Shepherd, my Bible teacher, my Father figure, my friend - Pastor Custis was all of these to me. I loved him dearly and will miss him very much. I am delighted, however, that he is now in Heaven with my daddy and they can resume their special friendship for all eternity. Love & prayers to Lucille, Dwight, Jr., John, Carolyn, Gary and their families. I love you all.

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