Jon Summers Wells
Jon Summers Wells passed away on May 25, 2013, one week before his 67th birthday, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Jon was born in Berwyn, Illinois and relocated to California at an early age. Growing up in Costa Mesa and enjoying the early surfing scene, Jon moved to the bay area where he attended and graduated from San Jose State University. Immediately after graduation, Jon (a Peace Corps candidate) was drafted into the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
Following his military service, Jon embarked on a very successful career as a commercial designer, creating visual branding and advertising for Fortune 500 companies, but he always felt his most important work was for charities and people in need, anywhere. He wrote, produced and filmed an award-winning documentary, "At the Epicenter of the Epidemic" about Siempre Unidos, a Honduran based organization serving the needs of people suffering from HIV/AIDS. He was a tireless supporter of progressive causes with his time and talent.
Shortly after 9/11, Jon was inspired to return to military service and reached the rank of Major in the California State Military Reserve, training troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the last year of his life, Jon wrote and published a novel about Vietnam called "He Died All Day Long", a project he had nurtured for years and brought to fruition during the course of his illness. Shortly before he died, Jon was able to see the printed proof.
Jon is survived by his wife Evelyn, stepson Alex, brother Richard, sisters-in-law Carol, Nancy and Roberta, brother-in-law Michael, cousins, nephews, nieces and a large circle of deeply saddened friends.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Jon's name to Siempre Unidos is suggested (please donate online (http://siempreunidos.org/our_donors/) or mail to Siempre Unidos, 1001 Smith Rd., Mill Valley, CA 94941).