Familiar Face

This week's Guymon Daily Herald "Familiar Face" is Mark Wescoatt. Born and raised in Chico, California, which is located 90 miles north of Sacramento, Mark graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Liberal Studies in 1979 and went on to complete his teaching credentials the following year."I taught 3rd grade for seven years before changing careers," said Wescoatt, "I spent four years as a U.S. Navy Corpsman."Mark went onto say that he retired after 20 plus years of active duty and reserve time in the Navy and Army, as well as a Chaplain for the U.S. Army Reserves. Wescoatt, went onto attend Concordia Theological Seminary, graduated in 1991 and moved to Guymon where he is now the Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, LCMS.Mark says growing up he wanted to be a farmer or a doctor and his alternate dream career would have been a heavy equipment operator/brewmaster. Wescoatt and his wife of 38 years raised three children, daughter Robin (35) who is married and lives in Guymon, son Ben (33) who is a Doctoral student at OSU and daughter Katy who is deceased. The Wescoatts also proudly share seven grandchildren, four who live in Guymon, two in Stillwater, Okla. and one in Ponca City, Okla. Mark volunteers his time in several areas, including heading up the building of the girls softball field at Guymon High School, has coached Kids Inc. softball, is on the Coffee Memorial Blood Board, is on and,along with his wife, tutors kids after school."Dee Dee and I (mostly Dee Dee) tutor any where from five to 15 Karen on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, they walk over to our house after they finish school" said Wescoatt.He went onto explain, "The Karen (we have over 60 enrolled in Guymon Schools) came to Guymon as refugees from Myammar (Burma). Many of these students lived many years in refuge camps in Thailand."Outside of work and volunteer activities, Mark says he enjoys "fishing when time permits, but not much time for that lately." Wescoatt's list of favorites includes ice cream, popcorn and dark chocolate, as well as music from Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fuque, and all music from the Beach Boys, John Denver and ABBA. Mark also enjoys his favorite TV show "NCIS," a 1965 epic WWII film with John Wayne called "In Harm's Way," and his dream car is a 1960 Corvette Convertible.