Wes Jenkins Passes Away (1952-2017)

We are sad to learn that Wes Jenkins, Creative Director, Writer, and Designer for LEGO Island, has passed away today. You may remember that last year that Wes was facing some financial hardship and reached out to the community for help.

Wes’ legacy is remembered here in the community with LEGO Island, LEGO Island 2, and co-founded the Learning Range at LEGO. The success of LEGO Island spawned other themes including Island Xtreme Stunts and Racers and influenced subsequent video games such as LEGO Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Thank you to Johnathan who emailed in about this news.

  • Reaven Veaceslav

    The Lego Island games remain integral to my childhood and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in gaming.

    That is extraordinarily sad.

  • Jay

    Dangit! I had previously emailed him with a few questions and was hoping I’d get the chance to speak with him. His wife said he was going through heart surgery and would reply as soon as he got back. I guess something happened with that. He was such a nice guy, I really cannot believe this. Rest in peace Wes.

  • Kenneth DiGiulio

    Lego Island was the reason I became so heavily invested into Lego in my youth. My Lego town in my basement is meant to be a modern take on The Island. I’ve worked on it for just over ten years.

    *prays* Take care of him, Lord. For his wife, for me, for all of us down here.

  • TylerF

    Wonderful game. I had hoped to hold a Q&A with a bunch of LEGO Island who worked on LEGO Island, but that fell through. RIP Wes; thanks for the fantastic game and childhood memories.