Wesley HuntsmanFebruary 26, 1962 ~ January 24, 2019 (age 56)
Wesley Brad Huntsman was born February 26, 1962 in Winner, South Dakota to Larry Wesley and Mary Lue (Funk) Huntsman. By the time he was five, he had lived in South Dakota, Wyoming, on the Island of Guam, Colorado, and Nebraska. The family travels also included visits to Hawaii, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Phillipines. The rest of his childhood was spent in Fort Collins, Colorado; Alliance, Nebraska; Colton, South Dakota; and Jasper, Minnesota where in Junior High and High School he played and lettered in basketball, football, baseball, and track. Wes was a member of the National Honor Society at Jasper High School. In 1979 he was selected for the All Conference Defensive Team - Star Conference Football, and in 1980 was awarded All Conference Honors in Baseball - Tri County Conference. Wes graduated in 1980 from Jasper High School.
He attended South Dakota State University, enrolled in ROTC, and Baseball, earning his bachelor's degree in 1989. Wes also played for Amateur Baseball in Jasper, and Dell Rapid's Blue Ribbon as a pitcher, and first baseman. He was a member of the Blue Ribbon Club when they were runner-up in the 1989 South Dakota Amateur Championship. His baseball ended when he joined the Air Force that year and changed to Air Force Softball. Wes loved playing and refused to say it was getting harder for he and his brother, Al to beat his children and Al's son, Chris in family football games at night on the ELC Church lawn beside their home in Jasper.
Air Force Base assignments: Aviano, Italy where he was selected in 1992 as Senior Airman of the year; moved to Hill, Utah as Project Manager 1993-1996; 1996-2000, served at Ramstein, Germany as Lead Civil Engineer Contingency Instructor; 2001-2003, Construction Project Manager/Planner at Dyess, Texas. Wes served in Osan, South Korea as Engineering Supervisor for the year, 2004; returned to Peterson, Colorado as Engineering Technical Services Manager, November, 2005-2006,, at which time he was discharged by the Air Force for health reasons. He was then employed by Tetra Tech, Inc. as Engineer IV; May, 2009 moved to a federal job at Schriever, then transferred to Cheyenne Mountain, where he was employed at his death.
In 1989, Wes married Jenny Schneider in Jasper, Minnesota and had 3 children. Aaryn was born in Pipestone, Minnesota. While serving in Aviano, Italy Matthew joined the family. While serving at Hill, Utah Jessa was the first daughter for the Huntsman family. In April 2014 Wes married Katherine Hamilton and became a father to her 2 grown sons, Connor and Ian.
Wes loved to play cribbage and board games with family and friends; he was not a graceful loser. He enjoyed all sports, especially the Vikings and Twins were his teams since he lived in Alliance, Nebraska and he later added the Wild and Lynx. He was always up for telling his jokes and stories. His memory was like his father's; he never forgot, so do not argue with him because he was correct. He enjoyed his family and lived for his children and their sports, and watching his favorite movies over and over.
Wes is remembered by his wife, Katie; her sons, Connor, and Ian of Colorado Springs, Colorado; his 3 children, Aaryn of Denver, Colorado, Matthew (Jessica) of Lakeland, Georgia, Moody AFB, and Jessa (Nick Beaudette) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; their mother, Jenny O'Neil of Denver, Colorado; his brother, Alan (Grace) of Taunton, Massachusetts; nephew, Christopher (Alissa) of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Chris' mother, Carole Ann of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; his mother, Mary Lue of Jasper, Minnesota; and many in-laws and close friends.