Mark S. Blackburn, MBA
Wesley R. Kewish was the father of my good friend Dean Kewish of Dallas, TX. Wes passed away in December, 2002. Wes worked for most of his professional career as a project manager for Santa Fe International. He lived and worked all over the world, eventually settling in Newport Beach, CA. I met Wes at the age of 13 and was frequently a visitor in his Newport home, or aboard his yacht the Calypso. He loved me, accepted me, and helped me immeasurably. Sometimes the parent of a peer can be especially helpful to you, and this was the case with Wes Kewish. I have seen Wes almost every year of my life for the past 36 years. Wes, I could never repay the great benefit you brought to my life. But, I can at least say thanks from the bottom of my heart!
An Ode to Wes Kewish
Wes Kewish was a wonderful guy from whom I learned a great deal. I will always be indebted to him. Wes taught me that a man could be:
None of these should seem strange….yet to me they stood out because Wes modeled them very well. Wes’s home was a safe shelter for me. The wisdom Wes generously imparted to me has been foundational to my success as a person, a professional, and a Father.
Wes showed great concern for me at many different times. He tolerated my teenage ignorance & impudence, and shared many words of wisdom with me. A few times I was skeptical, but afterwards always came to see the wisdom of Wes. I really needed his guidance, and was extremely fortunate to receive it.
Wes accepted me and included me. A few times he came close to exasperating me, but I always eventually saw he was right. He often should have become exasperated with me, but if he did, he never showed it.
I also was intrigued with how Wes interacted with Dean, his Son, and with Beulah, his adorable wife. He always spoke lovingly and respectfully of Beulah. Knowing & observing Wes in his interactions with others added a lot of richness to my life.
Wes was not a church-going man to my recollection. However, he was a very godly and moral man who was at least as instructive and beneficial to me as any youth minister. Probably Wes was a lot like a Scoutmaster to me.
Some very enjoyable or memorable times with Wes:
I should also say that knowing Beulah Kewish was also an honor. She was so good-natured, cheerful, and kind! I last saw Beulah in about 1992 I believe.
Wes & Beulah, God bless you! I owe you an untold debt of gratitude!
*Once Beulah had someone ask to enter her home claiming they were from the fire department and needed to inspect her home. This was obviously a fraud. Whenever I called the Kewishes after this, I always identified myself as the 'Fire Department.' I became known as the "Fireman" to Beulah & Wes.
Mark S. Blackburn, MBA
1310 E Street Victorian
Sacramento, CA 95814
Last Updated: February 14, 2010