“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” -Bob Marley
I was one of four children born to a Navy sailor and his wife in 1961. We traveled the world while my dad was in the Navy, eventually settling down here in the quaint town of Deming. I spent most of my childhood working on the family farm and was very active in both school and sports. I graduated from Mt. Baker High School with the class of ’79. During high school, I started an apprenticeship under a good friend of mine, Chuck Hodges, where I was introduced into the plumbing industry. While working as an apprentice, I also spent numerous hours working in the woods for my uncle Bill Blockley, as well as for Jack and Arnie Zwick. Both were small logging outfits in our community that not only taught me many things, but allowed me to experience things that many have not. Some of my fondest memories were loading with an A-frame, a D-7 Cat and Tongs. After high school I began my life long career as a journeyman plumber, and at one point became a business owner with Chuck Hodges, of Alpine Plumbing & Heating.
In May of 1984, I married Arnie’s oldest daughter, Tammy.
At a very early age, I started working on the Deming Log Show grounds, whether it was gathering garbage on the weekends with my uncle, or helping Big John with the RV parking. Eventually, the RV parking was handed down to Tammy and I to run and maintain. In all the years that I have been a part of the Logging-Show, I have held every office (secretary, assistant treasurer, treasurer, vice president and now, president), as well as been on the board of directors and multiple committees.
I was privileged to have spent 28 years with District #14 Welcome Fire Department where I was a volunteer firefighter & EMT. Throughout my time there, I served as an assistant Chief, as well as Chief. I truly enjoyed my time with the Welcome Fire Department and it wasn’t until 2011, when I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that I had to retire sooner than expected. My diagnosis has been one of my hardest battles, having had it four times now. At one point, my cancer forced me to move to Seattle for 6 months to receive treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care and University of Washington Hospital, which included a stem cell transplant. Thanks to the hearts and prayers of many, as well as the support from our wonderful community, I am now cancer free and have been for a year in a half.
Through it all, I had my other half right at my side. Tammy and I have been married now for 34 wonderful years and have raised four amazing children; Trent, Tara, Tiffany and Trevor. We have also been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, Nazlyn and Zaniya. I am truly honored and humbled to be able to serve as the Deming Logging-Show president.