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Wes Mackewich, born in 1948, died after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer, on July 15. Wes never met a problem he couldn't solve, whether it was a tooling geometry problem, completing the five star Sudoku or Sunday crossword puzzle, building the perfect treehouse around a huge fir tree for his beloved son Justin, or figuring out how to get his wife, Carole, to eat three differently colored vegetables at dinner. Wes was a quiet person who took a little time to get to know, but everyone who took the time to know him would agree that he was a brilliant, independent thinker, an optimist who never complained, a good listener, and a kind and generous person. Wes met his wife Carole when they were both working as counselors at a camp in New Jersey. They fell in love at first sight, and were married in 1972. During the first several years of their marriage they took extensive camping trips across the USA in the back of their Datsun pick-up truck, finding adventures, creating memories, and making friendships that would last a lifetime. Although he held many high-powered positions, working at a correctional facility in a New York State Prison where he and Carole taught reading and mathematics as VISTA volunteers, was the most rewarding for him. In 1982, Wes and Carole embarked on their greatest adventure, having their son, Justin. At that time, Wes was Manager of National Accounts at a carbide cutting tool company and he decided that being there when Justin took his first steps and said his first word (which happened to be "da-da") was more important than a title or a big salary. He quit his job and spent the entire first year of Justin's life completely engaged in watching him grow. When asked what his peak life experiences were, Wes would say the mayhem he and his good buddies created at the University of New Hampshire, his marriage to Carole, his son, who put his own life on hold to spend a part of every day as his care-giver during the last year of his Dad's life, and finally having the daughter of his dreams, Justin's wife, Kristin. He is survived by and greatly missed by Carole, his partner and best friend for over 42 years; his son and daughter, Justin and Kristin; his brother, Leo Mackewich; his beloved, constant (furry) companion, "Olly,"; and many valued friends. Wes will be forever loved and forever missed by everyone whose lives he touched. If you would like to make a contribution in his name, Wes would have wanted the donation to go to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.