David Wesley Bland, 33, of Minneapolis, died of a massive stroke at 7:25 p.m., November 15, 2012 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The stroke was caused by Factor V, an inherited blood-clotting disorder; a condition unknown by his family until his passing.
Wes was born on April 21, 1979 in Urbana, Ill. to Sandra (Kranz) and Charles Bland of Bethany, Ill., brother to Luke and later Amanda.
He graduated from Normal High School in Normal, Ill. in 1997, from Kendall College in Evanston, Ill. with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Art in 1999 and from University of Wisconsin – Stout with a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant and Tourism Management in 2002.
He started working as a chef for The Creamery in Downsville, Wis. while pursuing his BS degree. After graduation, he worked as a Sous Chef at Marshall Fields and D’Amico & Sons in Minneapolis. He later worked as a freelance chef at NASA and an Executive Chef for Delaware North in West Yellowstone, Mont., as well as other places.
He leaves behind his parents, Sandra Kranz of Bemidji and Charles Bland of Bethany, Ill.; step-parents, Victor Mosser of Bemidji and Kelly Bland of Bethany, Ill.; brother, Luke Bland of St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Amanda Bland; step-sisters, Brandy Miller and family of Mattoon, Ill. and Sasha Shutter and family of Denver, Colo.; step-brother, Tony Mosser and family of Mayer, Minn.; aunts, Susie (Robert) Alexander of Decatur, Ill., Peggy (Doug) Reeder of Sullivan, Ill., Judy (Stan) Patrick of Geneva, Ill. and Barby (Tom) Lalli of Princeton, N.J.; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, W.B. and Mary Kranz of Moweaqua and Sullivan, Ill. and C.L. and Margie Bland; and a cousin, Michelle Snyder of Bethany, Ill.
Wes was an extremely talented and creative chef who dreamed of having his own cooking show. But more importantly, he was a caring, compassionate, funny and loving person. Even when he drove us crazy we still loved him — he had the biggest heart and the sweetest soul and will be missed terribly.
A memorial gathering will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 30 at La Grassa in Minneapolis and from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at Allerton Conference Center in Monticello, Ill.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in memory of Wes be sent to the Health Foundation in support of the Mental Illness Dependency Program Fund or the Addiction Research & Education Fund.
Memorials can be mailed to Hennepin Health Foundation, 701 Park Avenue, LSB3, Minneapolis, MN 55415 or taken online at www.hcmc.org/hhf.
Wes was also an organ donor and would be honored if others would follow his example by designating their desires on their drivers’ licenses.