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WESTLEY CRAVEN

WESTLEY CRAVEN Westley L. "Wes" Craven, 90, of Boulder City, passed away Sept. 9, 2013. Wes was born in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 9, 1923. Wes graduated from Poly High in Long Beach. He worked in Todd Shipyards as a welder until he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, later the U.S. Air Force. Wes was a tailgunner in the B-17's and was in the European Conflict for two years. When he was discharged with military honors for his service, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department becoming a member of the police band as first trumpet. In addition to the police band, he had his own band and played for many City of Los Angeles functions and police parties. Wes married Millie Craven and they had two boys, Scott (Dawn) Craven of Lakewood, Calif., and John (Randy) (Henia) Craven of Irvine, Calif. Wes worked for LADP for 31 years, retired and was active with Shriners and Masonic Lodge of San Pedro, Calif., and Los Angeles. He was also a member of the American Legion for over 67 years, San Pedro Elks Lodge in California, and he joined the Boulder City Elks Lodge in Nevada. He later married Judy Craven in 1980. They've been together for almost 33 years. Wes' passion was playing his horn. When they moved to Nevada, he joined the Las Vegas Musicians Union and played with all the various bands there. Wes also loved fishing and boating. He had his own boat and loved to be on the Colorado River at Willow Beach, Ariz., and lived there for seven years, until the park service closed out the trailers. He then moved to Echo Bay for three years and eventually bought a home in Boulder City, which he loved because it looked out over Lake Mead. Wes loved music, family, Grace Community Church and all the many friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nora Craven. Wes had one sister, Annie Key (93), who resides in Wheatland, Mo., and lives with her son, Eddie Foley. Wes had one grandson, Ryan Craven of Anaheim, Calif. Wes was a wonderful father, husband and everyone's best friend. He truly will be missed, especially by his wife, Judy. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grace Community Church, 1150 Wyoming St., Boulder City. Burial following, at Boulder City Cemetery, Palm Mausoleum, 501 Adams Blvd. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Grace Community Church for their memorial fund in Wes' name.


Published in Boulder City Review on Sept. 19, 2013
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