Wesley Joseph Franken

Date of Birth

April 3, 1992

Date of Death

May 10, 2023

City of Death

Santa Barbara

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, friend, and terrific human being, Wesley Joseph Franken. He left this world in the early hours of May 10, 2023.

Wes gave his all while remaining positive, in spite of his progressive Neurological Disease of four years. Wes was born in Santa Barbara, California on April 3, 1992, being the first born to Joe and Kimberlee Franken. Wes attended Canalino school in Carpinteria, California, Mt. Carmel School in Montecito, California, Pond Road Middle School, in Robbinsville, New Jersey, and graduated from Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, New Jersey. In high school, Wes was enrolled for four years in the JrROTC Air Force program. After high school, Wes served as a Volunteer Fireman for Robbinsville Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Wes graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Landscape Contracting. Wes then returned to California with his 1958 CJ5 Jeep and began working at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The name Wesley means, “Peaceful Meadow” and “Meadow in the West”. Wes became a Master Mason at Carpinteria Lodge #444 in 2016, working his way through the chairs of Masonry, until his condition prevented his participation.

Wes is survived by his parents Joe and Kimberlee Franken, and sister Riley Rose Franken, as well as many friends and family on both East and West coasts. Family thanks Cottage Hospital staff, and Cottage Rehab Staff for their excellent care and motivation.

An enthusiast of classic cars, photography, gardening, Wes enjoyed Country music, and Classic Rock. Wes will be missed immensely by all that knew him. Services will be private, with a Celebration of Life in the near future. Memorials in Wesley’s name can be directed to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. When having a good craft beer, please raise a glass to remember Wes, a new heavenly angel, now looking over all of us. Cheers!


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