Wesley was born and raised in Uvalde, Texas. His parents, Wesley Tilden Vivion and Martha Eugenia McBride, were born south of San Antonio. Originally the Vivionâ€™s came from France and settled in Kentucky before migrating to Goliad, Texas. Wesleyâ€™s grandfather, John Lloyd Vivion, and five brothers, ran a freight line with ox carts from Indianola to San Antonio. Wesley wanted to be a cowhand ever since he can remember doctoring wormy goats at six years old. He started working with the cow crowd at fourteen and began serious ranching at eighteen. He went to work for Jay Welder in 1935, and has worked as a foreman as well as having his own ranch and cattle. Ranching was a way of life for Wesley and he couldnâ€™t imagine doing anything else. â€śWhen Iâ€™m the happiest is with a pasture full of cattle, a pen full of cattle, regardless of what Iâ€™m doing, thatâ€™s when Iâ€™m the most relaxed, the happiest. Working cattle is not work to me, itâ€™s pleasureâ€ť. Wesley was the consummate cowman.
“I wanted to be a cowboy ever since I can remember. Started working goats when I was six. I’ve just done it all my life. I love it.”