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Wells Jr., Calvin

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Calvin Wells Jr.
Cal has been an incredible man.
Husband for 58 years to Mary.
Brother to Jon (Nancy) and Mary Jenks (Richard).
Father to the seven, Cal, Dave (Kris), Carolyn, Mike, Dorie Rich (Dave), Jody Rael (Louie), Becky Zyskowski (Cliff).
Grandpa to Sarah, Adam, Alexandra, Tim, Jason (Corinne), Jennifer, Jessica, Callie, Casey, Louie, Elizabeth, Mindy, Sam and Jackson.
Great Grandpa to Logan and Breccan.

He never missed a game, play, race or graduation at any level.
After moving to Pasadena California from Pennsylvania and attending Fountain Valley High School in Colorado Springs, Cal went to the University of Virginia on a Football scholarship.
After his freshman year he moved back west and enlisted in the Marine Corps and served two tours of active duty in Korea.
He left the Corp a decorated Marine and enrolled in and graduated from Claremont Men’s College where he played baseball, football and wrestled. Married Mom and started a janitorial business before he went into the drapery business that supported the family until he retired just a few years ago.

Dad was always with his kids. Coaching every sports team we were on and attending every event he didn’t volunteer for. Plays, swimming, drill team, whatever his kids were into, so was he.
He started off-road racing with his oldest son Cal and raced in desert events in California, Arizona, Nevada and Baja with his biggest victory coming in the Baja 1000. When Cal started his Indy Car team Dad traveled with the team for a year and worked with the crew racing all over America and Canada.
He ended up overseeing the construction of the race shop in Santa Margarita.

When the grandkids came along he started coaching again and that eventually led him to become the baseball coach for the freshman team at Foothill High. After many years he stepped down and the field at Foothill was dedicated to him and the “Cal Wells Field” banner is put up for the season. He was truly moved and humbled by this honor.

He touched a lot of people, mainly his kids, grandkids and would have been coaching Logan and Breccan if given the chance.
But he also had an impact on dozens and dozens of young men while coaching at Foothill. We can’t go out in Tustin without being approached by someone, a dad or mom, grandpa of young man and be asked “are you related to Coach Cal?” “I love that guy” tell him hi and thanks.”

His “Calisms” are repeated at youth sports fields all over Orange County by former players who have started coaching and often by opposing coaches who picked up on the positive message Dad always gave is players.
For so many he will always be remembered as “I had this coach in high school-a ‘jar head’ –, who scared the heck out of me, and I fell in love with him, he was a great man”.
For his wife and kids and grandkids and great grandkids he is an example of everything that is good. We have learned so much from his example and we can only hope we pass on some of Cal to everyone we meet.
We love him and will miss him forever.

Family and friends will be gathering at Dave's and Kris's home on Tuesday August 20th at 4 p.m. for a celebration of Cal's life. Please dress in casual clothes as that would be Cal's preference.

For those wishing to make a charitable donation in Cal's honor, his family suggests the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. www.marineheritage.com

 

Mortuary: Brown Colonial Mortuary

Florist: The Enchanted Florist