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Born in Comanche, Texas, I grew up on a farm and ranch in the small community of Newburg, 12 miles south of town. As a young boy I enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding in between doing daily chores and working in the fields. At an early age I learned to herd cattle not only for my family but for any neighbors that needed help when time allowed.

My first organized youth activity was being a member of the Newburg 4-H club which gave me the experience of working together with others to accomplish a common goal. In 4-H and later in FFA, I showed steers in the county livestock show and heifers in the Fort Worth Stock Show.  In high school I became a member of the student council and was elected Student Body President for my senior year.  Throughout both junior high and high school I played football and ran track. 

After high school I attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas where I graduated with a B.S. degree in business.  While in college I was a member of the business club and worked at KCOM Radio in Comanche as a salesman, sports play by play announcer and a D.J.

I began a career with Western Merchandisers based out of the Irving, TX branch.  From there I moved to multiple locations as the company grew and I moved up the management chain.  Eventually I was transferred to Denver, CO where I met my wife Valerie.  After transferring back to the Irving branch we had two sons Travis and Grayson.  Finally we moved to Randall County where we have resided the last 26 years.  Living here has been a truly enjoyable experience and I can't imagine a better place to raise our boys.

Since moving here Val and I have been Cub Scout/Boy Scout leaders, volunteered in many community activities and are members of the Lake Tanglewood Church.  Travis and Grayson both attended Randall High School and then went off to college at Texas A&M and West Texas A&M University.

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