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July 31, 2010
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.
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