Our beloved father, husband, brother, and friend passed away on All Souls Day, November 2, 2017 after a long battle with multiple cancers. He was a Downwinder. Raised in Loa as the consummate "sheep herder" and a tractor driver at age 6, he spent his formative years farming, working for the US Forest Service, and logging learning the value of hard work from his father and mother. He was greatly influenced by his Grandma Addie Jackson. Wes is most remembered for his love, smile and laugh that could light up the hearts of a city when he entered a room. His trademark mustache and buoyant attitude towards life will be dearly missed by all; his boys will always remember their wonderful and loving, hardworking father full of laughter and love for them. His humility and work ethic made him the successful business and family man for which he became known.
Family, home, work and golf were his passions. After graduating Wayne High and a short stint in the US Navy he served an LDS mission in Uruguay and Paraguay. In 1978 he married the love of his life, Victoria Allard, and completed a BS in geology at Utah State University. Wes co-founded a successful industrial hose distribution company, WIPI after a career as a mud engineer for Dresser Industries and jobs in inside sales. He lead the Glendale Mens Golf Association for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki; sons Ben and Chris; brothers Kenneth(Carolyn), Monte(Jeanine), and Mike; sisters Lila and Carol; numerous nephews and nieces. His parents preceded him in death.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building. A Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center, 170 South University Street.
The family is most grateful to many friends, neighbors, relatives, and caregivers who treated or comforted Wes and us throughout his illness. We would like to thank Huntsman Cancer Institute, Community Nursing Service (CNS), and Silverado for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Wellness Center, CNS who provided his hospice care, or another worthy cause of your choice. And please remember all Downwinders who have suffered from the effects of nuclear fallout.