The Sunday plane crash in Indiana took the lives of two great men. Sooner football fans know about Steve Davis and his greatness, but few know about Wes Caves, who owned the plane and also died in the crash. Wes went to OU on a wrestling scholarship and graduated with a business degree. He came from west Tulsa and a wonderful family who was salt of the earth. They didn't have all that much, but they had lots of love.
You may have seen Wes on a network news show. His young daughter had brain cancer and the doctors performed surgery that took half of her brain. When you looked at her it was as if you were looking at a pie that had a quarter piece taken out. With God's help and the support of Wes and his wife, she recovered, went back to school, graduated and went on to live a productive, normal life. This was a huge financial burden on the family; Wes met the challenge. He was a strong believer and supported not only his church but was a community supporter.
Straight out of OU, he went into business. He worked hard to make a living; he had some business failures, but came right back. He became successful, but it never changed him. He was a great father. He and Steve had much in common. I'm grateful to be able to call them friends. They were both great Sooners. Rest in peace, Steve and Wes.
Jim Means, Round Rock, Texas
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