Blewett, John Wesley
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June 1, 1928 - February 8, 2013
John Wesley Blewett, 84, of Santa Paula, Calif., a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as a successful businessman and dedicated leader in pro-life and Catholic causes, passed away on Feb. 8 in Ventura, Calif. He died as he had hoped, surrounded by family and fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church. A man of many careers, John brought the same determination, enthusiasm and energy to everything he did. His career included work as a longshoreman on the docks of Seattle during World War II, as a sportswriter for the Seattle Times, as an executive in the Kaiser family of companies, as vice president of Thomas Aquinas College, and as president & CEO of the Wanderer Forum Foundation. At the time of his death, he was editor of The Latin Mass Magazine, a journal of Catholic culture and tradition. Mr. Blewett was born June 1, 1928, in Butte, Mont., and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in Seattle. After serving two years in the Army, he attended Seattle University on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1951. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Barbara Blewett; his seven children, John (Susan) Blewett of Manassas, Va., Katharine (John) Masteller of Santa Paula, Calif., Carolyn (Dr. Michael) de Tar of Liberty Lake, Wash., Dr. Peter (Dr. Mary) Blewett of Milwaukee, Margaret (Richard) Wall of Cheyenne, David Blewett of Santa Paula, and Paul (Jeanne) Blewett of Tehachapi, Calif. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne McCann of Spokane, Wash.; 27 of his 28 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, having been preceded in death by his brother Richard Blewett and granddaughter Jane Francis Blewett.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. The Rosary will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the same location. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Thomas Aquinas College, 10000 N. Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 15, 2013