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July 30, 2010
No one who sees the films of his underground river and cave explorations will ever forget Wes Skiles. Long ago, I was touted to Wes by our friends Bob and Bea Snyder and Bob Bisson as one of the most extraordinary Explorers of our time. He far exceeded their praise.
From the day I first met him at the Snyders and first viewed his work, I shared their admiration and wonder for him.
Over the years Wes and I had many conversations, generally involving work, who's doing what and where, and can we find something we could raise funding to work on together. Though he enjoyed working with public television and others who broadcast and distributed much of his work, he always looked for opportunities to reach the international audiences I had with A&E and The History channel. And though we kicked around many challenging ideas, we were never able to do anything together. Schedules interfered. Life happens.
And now he's gone.
It's a time-worn sigh to say we mourn our opportunities lost, admonishing ourselves for delaying, putting off, and not taking time to do what we really wish with our lives - and still we let time so easily slip by.
For Wes, I believe he's among the few who was able to achieve much of what he wanted in life- when and where he wanted. On his terms. I do believe that.
There is no question, Wes was extraordinary - gifted and fearless. One of God's good men. From the day I met him, and followed his work, it was good to know that someone like Wes was out there.
And though all too brief, I prefer to believe his life was well and fully lived.
God Bless you Wes. And your loved ones.
And bless all of us who had the good days to know you.

Monte, Klaire, and Jason Markham
July 29, 2010
Wes Kiles, my Parents Bea and Bob Snyder said to me along time ago we have this guy coming over tomorrow and he is the neatest guy we have ever met. I said yeah yeah heard that before. Mom said no this guy is my favorite coolest guy i have ever met and Bob has met some neat people in his long life of Oceanography. Well i went to their house that night and Wes made an impression that never left my head. He was the real deal. The man that believed in what he did that seemed to be fearless but so knowledgeable that he just had a way about him that you just never forgot and never will forget him. My parents loved this guy like a son and i feel for them and his family. He will be missed by all that knew him, and Heaven is in for a great time with Wes Kiles David Baxter from Jupiter Fl, now in Canyon Lake Texas
July 28, 2010
The 570 members of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Alabama mourn the passing of our friend and "Resident Explorer" Wes Skiles. Over 23 years, we were captivated by his nine presentations (a record) to our club. He was scheduled to bring us a tenth program in late October. Wes, my friend, we will miss you! May God grant him eternal peace, and comfort and bless Terri and the children in the days ahead.
July 28, 2010
I first worked with Wes in the mid 1980s when I was heading up a megawatershed deep groundwater exploration program in Florida for my company BCI Geonetics. I had worked with Cousteau’s team and been a cutting-edge mixed gas diver in the oil patch in the 1960s, but when I met Wes, I could not believe the level of sophistication that he brought to the extreme profession of submarine cave exploration, Wes ‘incredibly advanced diving methods, navigation skills and filming techniques were science fiction to me I asked Wes to go out in the field and document fracture-controlled stratiform cave formation and associated groundwater dynamics, including upward and downward first-order vertical flows cutting through aquicludes in Florida’s (at that time) poorly understood and vastly oversimplified aquifer systems , and he did that pioneering study with a vengeance. We later brought these films to Tallahassee to alert the lawmakers of the potential dangers of deep well injection of municipal waste.
Wes produced two movies for me and accompanied me to Cairo Egypt in 1990 to co-present a major lecture to a packed room full of over 500 of Africa’s water ministers, engineers and high-level politicians. Wes’ movie of deep groundwater flows in Karst systems similar to those found in much of Africa was projected onto a giant screen with Wes narrating it from in front of the screen. He kept the audience totally enthralled for over an hour and set the stage for the much “dryer” lecture that I presented on Megawatersheds of Africa with our esteemed colleague Dr. Farouk El-Baz. Needless to say, Wes was the star of the inevitable ensuing all-night (barroom) lively discussions with dozens of VIP water politicians, especially from the Nile basin riparian states paying rapt attention to Wes’ every word. After all, Wes was the first person they had ever met who not only knew how groundwater hydrology worked, but had actually BEEN THERE, SEEN IT, DOCUMENTED IT AND SPENT HIS LIFE TEACHING OTHERS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACADEMIC AND PHYSICAL REALITIES.
I really regret I could not get down to Ginnie Springs for tonight’s celebration of the life of this dear friend to me and myriad others, loving husband and dad and daring explorer. I assure you Wes and Terri, I will be thinking of you this evening, and always. We lived in the same world, and that will continue...
Happy trails, my friend.

Bob Bisson
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