Brianna Boyd, Editor
Whether you knew him as “Papa Bear” or “Mr. O’Neill”, if Wesley “Wes” O’Neill was a part of your life or education here in Dixon, he no doubt left his mark. For those who have lived in Dixon all their lives and went through the local schools in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, Wes O’Neill was a real-life legend.
He was an educator in Dixon Unified School District for over 30 years and touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of children and young adults in his years as a teacher, a counselor, a principal, and a school board trustee. Outside of the classroom, Wes and his wife, Grace, were devoted parents to their two sons and always involved in the community.