I was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 1, 1932, and grew up there. I attended S. S. Dillow Elementary School, Daggett Junior High School, and R. L. Paschal High School. In 1949, I joined the
I was then assigned to L Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marines where I served as Fire Direction Officer, Executive Office, and Battery Commander. I was in the 1st Battalion for a short while and then was assigned to Sea Duty aboard the U. S. S. Toledo as Executive Officer of the Marine Detachment. After two years aboard the Toledo, I was transferred to Marine Corps Base, Twenty-nine Palms, California. I was Chief Aerial Observer for the Force Artillery Group, Force Troops, USMC.
In 1960, I resigned from the Regular Marine Corps and transferred to the Ready Reserve for the next twenty years. I was assigned to various organizations, 4th Marine Division, VTU, and Force ANGLICO. I completed service as a Major. After leaving active service I went to work for General Dynamics in Pomona California as an Electronic Engineer. I worked in the Guidance Design Section and the Standard Missile Project Office. While there I attended the one year Management Training Course.
In 1965 I left General Dynamics and went to work for Space Technologies Lab, later TRW Space and Technology Group, in San Bernardino, California, as a Member of the Administrative Staff in the Minuteman Program Office. I then became Section Head, Technical Direction Control Supervisor and then Department Manager and Member of the Professional Engineering Staff. I retired in 1992 with 27 years service. I received many awards from TRW and The U. S. Air Force for excellent performance.
In 1993, I opened an automobile repair shop in Seattle, Washington. In 1995, I returned to Southern California, where I reside today. I have a computer services business in Ontario.
I was with the Boy Scouts of America for thirty-five years, serving as Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Explorer Advisor, Council Vice President of Programming, Council Vice President of Operations, and Council President, all in Old Baldy Council, BSA. I have been awarded the Scoutmaster's Key, District Award of Merit, and The Silver Beaver. I was also active in Masonry, serving as Master of the Lodge in 1975. I was President of the Toastmaster's Club at General Dynamics and Founder's District Secretary. In 1982, I earned wings as a glider pilot.
I have five children, Robert, Barbara, Richard, Sharon, and Randy. Robert and Barbara both served in the Army and Ricky served in the Air Force. I have fifteen grand children and three great grand children. My first wife, Nancy, who had been a Lieutenant Junior Grade, U. S. N., died in 1981. My present wife, Jean, and I have been married since 1987. We have two cats, Maggie and Blacks.
In 2003, I completed a degree of Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, And a degree of Master of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at Cal State.
I have a small business, Pacifitrek, in Ontario, California. We do computer services. I also proctor for Western University in Pomona and assist in the Geology Department at Chaffey College.