Dec. 4, 2017, James Wesley Gleaton was taken from us suddenly at
the age of 49. Wes was born on April 21, 1968 at Redwood Memorial
Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Humboldt County. Wes
attended Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary and graduated from Fortuna
Union High School, Class of 1986. He worked for the Pacific Lumber
Company and UPS, as well as owning his own lawn care business.
As an avid outdoors man, the motto Wes lived by was “to get out there and climb mountains” and to do it as often as he could. He encouraged his friends to do the same. Wes loved mentoring up-and-coming hunters. For example, he enjoyed calling in turkeys with his daughter and her friend Bridget. He had a gift for making animal calls. Wes also had the ability to hike for miles on end and still have the strength and endurance to pack out an entire elk. Something we often heard heard him say, “You’ve gotta make memories, in your state or another.”
was such a devoted and caring person. He might not have said it but
you always knew you were loved. He loved his daughter, Holly. She
could call him with anything day or night. Wes didn’t know a
stranger. He was given the talent to entertain others and loved
making people laugh. Bubba always knew how to push your buttons. He
had a knack for tormenting — all in good fun, though. The more he did
it, the more you were loved. To know him was to love him. He thought
of himself as “‘the nucleus” — everyone revolved around
him, and we did. His presence alone could light up a room. Wes was
always so animated. He could tell a story and make you feel like you
were in it. His captivating, vivid details and good sense of humor
could keep you right on the edge of your seat. Clear down to the
sweat running in rivers in places none of us cared to know about and
yet he always told you anyway. All those words of wisdom,
wisecracks and tall tales are imprinted on us. His adventurous
spirit and willingness to be on the go in a heartbeat will live on
in our hearts forever.
Wes is preceded in death by his mother June Gleaton.
is survived by his hunting and life partner of 10 years Amanda
Pelletier, daughter Holly,father James Gleaton (Nancy Gleaton), sisters Jennifer Gillam and Kyri Cox, brothers-in-law Mark Gillam
and South Cox, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and countless friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the Rio Dell Southern Baptist Church at noon. Immediately following, a celebration of Bubba’s life will be held at the Fortuna Fire Department.
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