What’s your idea of a perfect day?
“A day on the lake with my family with just a light breeze blowing and the fish are biting.”
What is your theme song?
“I don’t really have a theme song. I enjoy listening to Elvis sing religious songs.”
What would you like printed on your gravestone?
“That he was a great Dad, a great husband and he loved God, his family and his country.”
What do you think about Portales?
“I think it is a great place to live. The weather is generally good, compared to other parts of the country that I have lived in, and the cost of living is reasonable. The people are very friendly and helpful here also.”
What’s your favorite TV show, past and present?
“Past favorite TV show is ‘Andy Griffith’ and reruns of ‘Cheers’ is my favorite present time show.”
What’s so great about your favorite sport?
“My favorite sport is fishing and hunting. Just getting away from every day routines of life and the job.”
Tell us about a happy time:
“When my kids were born.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“If I told you that, this would be my most embarrassing moment.”
Tell us a story about your mom or dad:
“Mom and Dad were great parents. They taught us the values of church and family. They lived in Causey until 1984 when we moved their house to Portales. Mom just turned 90 years old in June. They would always support us in whatever we decided to do.”
What do you envision your life being like in 10 years?
“Pretty much the same as it is today, unless I find a buried treasure. God has blessed me and I enjoy life and work as I have it now.”
When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult?
“At a very young age, I didn’t give it much thought but during high school I thought I would be a pilot for the airlines. Never quite made it there.”
If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
“If money were not the object, the world would be a better place. I would gather all the resources that I could to eliminate drugs, crime and hate.”
Who is your hero and why?
“I guess my Dad was my hero, because of the way that he lived and treated other people with such respect and concern.”
Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment:
“My greatest individual accomplishment was becoming a pilot. It was years and years of hard work and expense, but it paid off. I took great pleasure in being able to teach lots of people to fly.”
If I could do anything, I would …
“Like to take my wife and family on a vacation to the place of their choice. For my wife that would probably be a cruise to the Bahamas and for my son it would be Disneyland or Louisiana.”
What is your greatest fear?
“That one of my children, or my wife, will die before I do.”
What is your greatest hope?
“That my children will have long, happy lives, be good Christian individuals, and have enough money to get them through.”
What is your favorite taste?
What is your favorite smell?
Tell us about a time you were afraid:
“I was cropdusting in Colorado and I got caught in a severe thunderstorm. The plane shook uncontrollably, and with no instruments to fly by, it was quite frightening.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
“My favorite part of my job is that I am around a lot of people, like the fire and police, who are service-oriented and I have the opportunity to learn from them.”
What do you not like about your job?
“Severe weather. I do some storm spotting and I tend to worry about the people during severe weather conditions, especially those that are out in their cars or mobile homes.”
Tell us about your first date:
“That was long time ago. I was very nervous and I think I tripped over a tricycle walking her back to her house.”
Tell us how you met your spouse:
“She was working at a store here in Portales. I would go in to the store just to see her and try to get a date with her. She turned me down for the first several times, so I spent a bunch of money there, but finally got a date with her. About a year later, we got married. That was 30 years ago. She has been a great wife and mother.”
What is your most prized possession?
“A rifle that belonged to my father-in-law that the family gave me when he passed away.”
— Compiled by Loretta Kos