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Thorsen, Wesley Donald

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December 12, 1927 - May 29, 2019

Thorsen, Wesley Donald

Our dear father, Wesley Thorsen, passed away on May 29, 2019 in Plano Texas.  He was born on December 12, 1927 in Racine Wisconsin and in his 91 years relocated and traveled quite a bit!  Wes completed his college career with a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During his college years he enlisted in the Navy and served in several cities before his discharge at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

Wes met his future bride, Marie Tremeear on a blind date and after a short courtship, they married on September 3, 1949.  He began teaching and decided after a few years to pursue a new career in the insurance business.  Sentry insurance sent Wes and his family to six cities in seventeen years.  After the moves from Wisconsin to California, he found his real passion for success with Chilton Corporation (TRW) based in Texas.  He climbed the corporate ladder until he decided that it was time to retire in 1990 and stay in Richardson, Texas.

Wes and Marie’s leisure pursuits focused on golf, family, golf, travel and golf!!!  They traveled for years finding beautiful locations to tee off.  He never forgot to mention their 31 trips to Hawaii!!

Wes loved his girls and always let us know.  He is survived by:

Daughters Lynda Ruiz, Debra Jester, Laura Fossier and Tamra Thorsen

Son-in-laws Mark Jester and Len Fossier

Grandchildren Nathan Jester and wife Amber, Rachel Phillips and husband Larry, Sarah Saadeh and husband Michael, Eden Smith and husband Craig, Brittany Fossier, Trey Fossier, Ariana Driskell and husband Dillan

Great-grandchildren Kayden, Adrianna, Norah, Alice, Holly, Gemma and Kinsley

Preceded in death by his wife Marie, grandchild Aaron Jester and son-in-law Tony Ruiz.

We will be celebrating Wes’ life at Atria Canyon Creek, June 15, 2019 at 2 pm.  440 Independence Parkway, Plano TX, 75075.  Look for us in the Ballroom.  We will have someone guiding you from the front entrance and Building 2.


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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Ed Herider

June 20, 2019 3:07PM

I was so saddened to hear of Wes'passing.

I so enjoyed his
bright spirit and
his joyful obsession
with cookies. We
often joked about it
at Atria. I will
miss him greatly. He was a wonderful man and a good friend.

Bill Courtney

June 15, 2019 1:23PM

I want to take this opportunity to thank Wes once again for getting me started on the path that led to resident photographer at Atria. He called me up one day in April of 2014 and asked if I would take pictures of new residents for display in the dining room. This soon branched out to photographing events and allowed me to get to know most of the residents here. Thanks, Wes, I'll always remember you.

Keith and Linda Blue

June 12, 2019 2:16PM

Linda and I are so sorry for your loss. Wes is one of my few hero's in my life. He was the image of honesty and integrity and his constant, upbeat attitude had such a positive impact on all that knew him. I do know that when I eventually get to heaven (hopefully) he won't still be able to say he has a 19 handicap but I am sure he will still win my $2.00 when we play. We loved Wes dearly.

Mary Jo Tangeman

June 10, 2019 8:51PM

Was so sorry to hear of Wes' passing. I knew him for 4 years while living at Atria and enjoyed getting to know him. He was always upbeat, fun, and always a gentleman.

Ron Smith

June 10, 2019 7:33PM

Wes was a dear friend. We had great times together when Marie was alive as well as after. When he guit playing golf and moved away we didn’t talk as much but usually several times a year and had lunch several times st the club. He was a good friend and I will miss him. He always talked about his daughters who he loved very much. RIP my friend.

Gil and Ardyce Wiemers

June 10, 2019 2:57PM

To Wes's family, We are so sorry to hear of Wes's death. We lived at Atria for 8 years and had breakfast with Wes many mornings. We remember great discussions and many laughs over the years. His devotion for his family was evident. He was a good man and a good friend. He will be missed.

Kathy occhiogrosso

June 09, 2019 4:16PM

I’m so very sorry to hear the sad news about your dad passing. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers and hoping good memories help you through the days ahead. Xoxo

Laura Fossier

June 07, 2019 10:39PM

I already feel such a void in my life without you. I know you are with mom and your so many of your family in Heaven. Just know you are terribly missed down here!
I love you so much!

Annette D Hernandez

June 06, 2019 8:02PM

I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for everyone during this difficult time and prayers for healing.

Terri and Doug

June 06, 2019 6:14PM

We are deeply saddened by Wes’s passing...we wish your entire family peace and strength as you remember the good times and celebrate his wonderful life!! Hugs to all !! ❤️❤️

Martha &Dick Lodge

June 06, 2019 5:12PM

We are so sorry for your loss but feel he is definitely playing golf with your mom now


June 06, 2019 3:36PM

Dear Debby, Mark, Nathan, Amber. Rachael, & Larry Sorry for your loss. He had a great long life with a wonderful family.
God bless you all. Carol Yoder