Everett Richard Wilson
BONSALL — Everett Richard Wilson passed away Wednesday morning, January 5th, 2011, at age 83.
Born in Glendale, California in 1928, Everett was a long-time rancher, raising avocados, citrus, and flowers on a 40-acre ranch in Bonsall, California. He spent his high school years in Vista, California, and was the son of Omar and Janice Wilson.
In addition to serving in the Air Force for six years and rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Everett graduated from Long Beach State with degrees in Art and Graphic Design, and he went on to become an art teacher and wrestling and football coach for San Marcos High School.
Everett parlayed his art background in many ways. After graduation, he and a friend founded a design company specializing in Danish modern furniture and accessories. He designed and built the home he and his wife and family grew up and lived in, and he dabbled in a variety of artistic endeavors including painting, pottery, welding, macram, silk-screening, and leatherwork. And on many occasions, he could be found with grandchildren, constructing an intricate structure from Legos, Tinker toys, and building blocks.
He is also the designer and founder of Holly Filters, a filtration system for groves and yards that was utilized by many local farms and groves, and he served on the Board of Directors for Index Mutual and The California Avocado Commission.
Everett was very athletic and enjoyed many sports, but his primary loves were golfing, surfing, and especially snow skiing. Everett was not only a member of the Big Bear ski patrol, but also a member of the ski team during his time in the Air Force, and he taught his children and grandchildren to ski. Everett was an avid sailor, winning the Racing Yachtsman of the Year and Skipper of the Year at the Oceanside Yacht Club, and founding the infamous
Beer Can Racing Series that continued long after Everett retired from the yacht club. Fellow yacht club members sported T-shirts that Everett designed and silk-screened to commemorate the Around the Coronados races for many years. But perhaps his most ambitious sea-worthy project was designing and building his own sail boat after his existing boat was totaled in an accident during a race.
Everett is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; his children, Jefferson Chambers and Dobie Houson; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Published by North County Times on January 11, 2011.
Memories and condolences
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever of such a great guy. Will never forget the fun times with the Easter egg hunts when we were kids, and also will never forget the fun avocado picking as adults. And, the super holiday feasts we would always have on the ranch! Had such fun and great memories as kidsJeff Wilson, February 4, 2011camping outin the old travel trailer on the ranch with my mom. ER was always there for a helping hand and making sure we all had a good time. You will be missed dearly, and will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Nancy, Jeff, Dobie and families —
I consider ER to be one of the earlypioneersof our little neighborhood. (I still think of it as our little neighborhood, even though I moved away years ago.) I remember him as a strong, hard-working man who provided a comfortable and safe home for his family, in addition to being the father of one of my best friends. Some of my fondest childhood memories include time spent with the Wilson family. I have vivid memories of the annual Wilson barbeques that brought our entire neighborhood together and provided the perfect showcase for ER’s skills at the pit barbeque. (Still some of the best barbeque ever!) I remember him as my ski partner on one last run after a long day at June Mountain; it makes me smile now when I think of his patience with my skiing.
As a child, I remember being impressed with ER’s artwork. From his beautiful Christmas cards to the countless handcrafted artistic touches both inside and outside your home, his unique style is something I still appreciate.
I am glad to have known ER and for the memories of him that I hold dear. My heartfelt condolences to all of you; you are each in my thoughts and prayers. With love,Donna Hatch, February 1, 2011
I’m so sorry to learn of your husband’s passing … such a vital person and active person all of his life.Pam Culley-McCullough, January 31, 2011
A SPECIAL PERSON REMEMBERED: Dear Nancy, Jeff and Dobie; I will share some of my thoughts after hearing of Everett’s life on earth ending. In this journey we are on it is a privilege to meet those given special gifts and hard-working individuals who are settled and constant. Everett (as well as each of you) had these qualities and it was our family’s good fortune to be your neighbors. Throughout the years, I enjoyed watching the development and completion of the design of your home and ranch, and it was always a pleasure to be part of the fun social get-togethers at your home. In anything that ER was involved in, there was always such an expression of an artistic appreciation. Neighbors have come and gone, but it was our good fortune that your family remained settled so near ours and that we shared good times through the years. A Beautiful Life Honored. Your friend and neighbor,Beverly Hatch, January 26, 2011
Dear Nancy and Everett’s loved ones.
We would love to add to all his accomplishments that Everett loved our mutual grandchildren Caden and Hailey.
For that we are so thankful.Case and Bep, January 25, 2011
Dearest Nancy, Jeff, Dobie and families; my memories with your family go back years and years … school days with Jeff and Dobie, baking biscuits with Dobie, Nancy as our 4-H leader in bread baking, and ER making the effort to get the neighbors together to celebrate the 4th of July with a fantastic BBQ. Lovely memories I’ll treasure! Please know that you’re all in my thoughts and prayers.Sandi Doebler, January 23, 2011
Dear Nancy, Jeff, Dobie, and grandkids:
So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandpa. You will all miss him so much. I will always remember ER as a very talented and hardworking man with many interests. I appreciate his kindness to our family and have fond memories of the many years he and Nancy generously worked to create great 4th of July barbeques for the neighborhood.Joyce (Hatch) Paarman, January 22, 2011
Nancy, we are so sorry for your loss. I will forever be grateful for being around Everett in so many ways.Peter and Leesa Farnsworth, January 21, 2011
My girls still have fond memories of the tractor ride he took them on around the ranch — I know they were annoying but he was so kind and had patience with them — he was a great man and you know that you are all in my heart and prayers — much love.Shannon Brusseau, January 20, 2011
Nancy, ER sounds like he was quite an artist in many ways. I know he will be missed by your whole family. Take care and know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Love,Lynda Martin, January 19, 2011
We know Everett will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy and your family, at this time. May God bless you and keep you close to him during these difficult days. With Love,Dale and Cleo Ritchie, January 19, 2011
ER was a role model for me in many ways. I have such great memories from growing up around him. He did it all, and did it with style. What a great man.Greg Raven, January 19, 2011
It saddens us to hear of Ev’s passing. He was a very talented person. I enjoyed teaching, coaching, and socializing with him. Nancy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Frank and Karen Vannest, January 15, 2011
The years of sail boat racing with Everett over the years has been a fine experience as well as being introduced to pleasures of wine tasting and consumption. Thank you. My thoughts will always be with you.Gordon McElroy, January 13, 2011
It was my pleasure to teach art with Ev at San Marcos High School. He was a talented artist, wonderful teacher, and faculty leader.Lois Richmond, January 11, 2011
ER will be missed by so many. His dedication to family, projects, and work was superb. All the best to Nan and family.Dick Keim, Costa Rica, January 11, 2011
Sad to hear about Ev. He was a wonderful person and a great friend. We still have a Peter Pepper table that he made with Howard Savage. Nancy: please know that many are thinking of you and your family during this tough time.Bill Wetzell, January 11, 2011