I was raised an Idaho farm boy. Farming, fishing, gardening, and hunting during my growing up years gave me a great appreciation and love of nature. I served two plus years as a Mormon missionary in Brasil. During later college years, I majored in zoology, specifically small mammals. During graduate school, my research interests were basically ecological and zoogeographic. I did research on cliff chipmunks, pocket gophers, and later, on other small mammals, including red foxes, badgers, pikas, etc. I received an M.S. from Utah State University, a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.S.E from the University of Kansas. During my career years, I taught science at secondary and college levels in Utah, South Dakota and Kansas. Thereafter, I worked for Bechtel at South Carolina’s Savannah River Site.
Married with eight children, 32 grandchildren.
Presently retired and living in Utah and Idaho.