Growing up in a small farm and ranch community in Southern Utah, I learned the value of hard work, responsibility and dedication. However, I had an ever-increasing urge to broaden my world and experience.
So, after attending BYU-Idaho for a year, I labored in Forestry, Ski Resorts and Cattle Ranching ("Real" Cowboy in Callao, Utah), saving what I could to be able to live in Africa for 2 years.
Upon my return, I resumed work in Forestry, Fire-Fighting, Farming and Ranching, joined the National Guard, and eventually attended Southern Utah University to receive a "formal" education. While going to school I created, owned and operated a Forestry Business, TreePerfect. Interim jobs included Assistant Editor for a county newspaper, car salesman, and working in a rocket fuel plant for the production of Ammonium Perchlorate (solid fuel used in the Space Shuttle).
I graduated from Southern Utah University with a BS degree in Education with minors in Physical Science and Physical Education. I was also enrolled in Graduate Studies in Leadership from the University of Alaska.
After finishing my studies at SUU, I migrated to the "Bush" in Alaska to work in Forestry and Education. Overall, I ended up spending over 12 years in the Alaskan Bush, which included several years as a school principal and a professional timber faller.
In-between, I spent one year in the Northern Mariana Islands in Micronesia, teaching a sixth-grade class and coaching the school's swim team .
I have a daughter, Crystal, who graduated from Millard High in 2008. She is currently living in Utah.
Continuing my "informal" studies in Language and Culture, I have also spent some time on five continents and Oceania. I have various degrees of fluency in Afrikaans, English, German, Italian and Spanish.
I enjoy listening to most genres of music; and enjoy playing the guitar, banjo, keyboard and harmonica.
I own a home in Pinedale, Wyoming, and work for Ultra Petroleum in the oil and gas industry as a Production Operator. I can best be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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