John Wesley Blewett, 84, of Santa Paula, California, 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 Friday, February 8, 2013, in Ventura, California. 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, as President & CEO of the Wanderer Forum, and finally, as Managing Editor of The Latin Mass Magazine.
John was born June 1, 1928, in Butte, Montana, and attended high school in Seattle, Washington. 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, CA; Carolyn (Michael) deTar of Liberty Lake, WA; Peter (Mary) Blewett of Milwaukee, WI; Margaret (Richard) Wall of Cheyenne, WY; David Blewett of Santa Paula, CA; and Paul (Jeanne) Blewett of Tehachapi, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne McCann of Spokane, WA, and 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 Rosary will take place Friday, February 15, 7:30 P.M. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. The Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:00 A.M. also at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Thomas Aquinas College, 10000 N. Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.