After graduating from Libby Senior High School in
1975, I worked around the country as a welder and heavy equipment
operator, returning to Libby in 1977. I joined the Army National Guard
in 1977 in Libby and worked as a fuel specialist and later as an AVLB
(Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge) Tank Commander. My civilian job was a
crew chief on an initial attack helicopter for the Forest Service during
the fire season and driving logging truck the rest of the year. In 1979
I married Cherie Lawson from the Yaak and we moved to Tioga, North
Dakota where I worked as an oil field truck driver transporting all sort
of oilfield fluids and fuels for Power Fuels out of Minot North Dakota.
The last 2 years with Power Fuels I spent hauling transport propane.
During my time in North Dakota I was attached to the 163rd
Combat Engineers Battalion in Williston, North Dakota and “retired”
after 6 years in the Guard as a Staff Sergeant in a Combat Engineer line
In 1982 Cherie and I moved back to the Libby area
to start a small family business. We have managed/owned the business
over the last 23 years that has grown into a multi-faceted business; a
Radio Shack franchise, commercial and residential satellite installation
and service, bail bond service, storage facility, and a fencing
construction company to name a few. I also own and operate a web site
development and hosting company, Digicus, based in Libby.
Cherie and I celebrated our 25th wedding
anniversary in 2004 and we have two sons, Dustin and Jason. Both Cherie
and I have been and continue to be affiliated with Scouting and are very
proud both our boys achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Little League
Baseball was the main family sport that we all enjoyed as the boys grew
up. Working for Communities For A Great Northwest and the Provider Pals
program are my current “hobbies”. I am also a board member of
Lincoln County Crimestoppers and Lincoln County Combined Campaign. I
have helped out on the 20-year class reunion and continue with helping
put together the 30-year reunion. I’m looking forward to seeing
everyone who can make it back to Libby.
Libby has always been and always will be “home”
and after seeing a large portion of the country, I’m very glad to have
been able to raise my kids in this laid-back environment. I’ll
continue to do whatever I must to stay here.