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Wesley Edward Ford
May 23, 1967 ~ April 11, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
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Wesley Edward Ford left our lives too soon on April 11, 2023 at the age of 55. He is survived in Colorado Springs, Colorado by his partner of 35 years in adventure and life Stephanie, his daughters Brittany and Courtney, and his dogs Jameson and Maisie along with a tight knit group of friends and family who are deeply mourning his loss.
Wes was born May 23, 1967 in South Carolina, but moved with his family to Colorado Springs as a small child and spent his youth, with his younger brother Brant, playing in the foothills on the west side of town; his stomping grounds, he called them. He attended Cheyenne Mountain High School but because of the beginnings of mental illness and a troubled family life, he dropped out his senior year. He worked a couple of menial labor jobs, but with his deep innate intelligence and motivation to succeed, he quickly finished his GED and enrolled at Pike Peak Community College, later transferred to School of Mines and finally finished his degree in Biochemistry at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1992. Even upon his formal exit from academia, Wes was a lifelong learner, and was deeply dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. He lived with an everlasting curiosity about the world around him; he was a sharp, inquisitive, and observant man. He had a few jobs during his professional career, but was a loyal, hardworking employee and spent the last 23 years with Swatch Group as their IT Manager. He always worked with integrity, and enjoyed the opportunities his job provided him to be creative. He met Stephanie and along with Steph came Courtney in 1988. They married in 1990 and Brittany was born in 1992. Wes discovered a whole new sense of self in becoming a father; he was a natural teacher, and a patient guide and mentor (even when math books were flying across the room, or one of the children was nearly crashing one of his cars.) His real passion was the outdoors. He loved rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, camping, and any outdoor adventure. He and his brother spent hours in the woods, riding dirt bikes, occasionally careening into trees. In their later years, they transitioned from dirt bikes to mountain bikes, riding all over the state, adventuring in the desert, and most likely, still nearly careening into trees and other stationary objects. He was always trying to go faster, climb higher, and at the root of it explore more corners (the more empty, the better) of the world. He found peace and solace in the woods, and was continuously exhilarated by reaching mountain tops. His deep appreciation for the outdoor world and its natural beauties were paramount in his existence. He had a very special place in his heart for his four legged friends, and was almost constantly seen with a doggie by his side. He was the most loving dog dad, and cherished those friendships deeply. He also loved live music, and was a self proclaimed metal head. He loved his hard rock and seeing his favorite bands live; he made it a priority to go see live music with his family and friends. He was an inventive man who felt called to create; he loved photography and editing photos, he was particularly fond of photographing the outdoors and then making it trippy. He also wrote poetry, though did not share it with most. He also had a special talent of creating silly words and nicknames that had a tendency to stick, with many still being used today. Love will always be “a rubber duck”.
Wes lived his entire life chasing new heights, deeply dedicated to outdoor pursuits, shenanigans and adrenaline rushes. He was a serious yet silly human, a vital and capable man, a protective, tenderhearted father, and an encouraging and loving spouse. He was a dedicated and inquisitive man who operated with integrity, and unrelentingly yearned for a better, more rational and truth-filled world for all. He was resilient and dug deep in every instance. His memory is cherished and he is profoundly missed.
Wes was cremated and his wife and daughters are planning a celebration of life in early June, if you would like more details please contact the family at AlwaysRememberingWes@gmail.com. Since Wes did not want a grave marker/memorial, we would like everyone who knew him to mourn him in whatever way feels healing for you, and we encourage you to make whatever space feels right to remember him as you deem best. At the very least, go forward and embrace beauty when you see it, have fun and be silly when you can, and always be kind.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to:
The Access Fund- Dedicated to Protect America’s Climbing https://www.accessfund.org/donate
Alliance of Hope- For Suicide Loss Survivors https://allianceofhope.org/find-support/
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation- Funding Research to Find Cures for Mental Illness https://www.thebrf.org/