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Hi I'm Jack

I'm a structural engineer, dad & husband of 53 years, a fly fisherman, vet, mountain climber, boy scout leader and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently retired after 50 years as a registered professional civil, structural engineer. I loved my career as a designer and builder of all kinds of steel and concrete structures. My wife and I were highschool sweethearts and just celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary. We're still best friends and love travelling and spending time togther. We have 5 children, 21 grandchildren and, amazingly, now have 7 great-grandchildren. Our close-knit family is the central focus of our lives. I served seven years in the United States Army and worked my way up through the ranks and officer candidate school, leaving as a first lieutenant, artillery. I love the Rocky Mountains and spend a lot of time there. Over the years I've explored, camped, hiked, technical climbed, fished, hunted, painted and photographed them. I'm an avid fly fisherman and like to introduce friends to this most tranquil of sports. I figure that God gave me use of His beautiful creations and I intend to make the most of His generosity as long as I can. I live in a beautiful log home surrounded by tall pines. I don't see how life could get any better than mine.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors chose to join the Mormon Church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in the 1830's. They were pioneers who came west to Utah with the Church Members who were forced to leave their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois. I grew up in the Church and was taught to believe in our Heavenly Father, in Jesus Christ, His Son and in the Holy Ghost. I was taught to pray, keep God's commandments and to be a patriotic citizen of the United States of America. My mother came from London, England and taught us to love her homeland but taught us our first loyalty was to the USA. Eventually I had to find out for myself if the things I had been taught were true. Like most others, I spent a lot of time on my knees asking Heavenly Father if what I had come to believe was true. I got that confirmation when I was a young man and have since shared my knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, is the Son of our Eternal Father and that there is a plan for the eternal lives of each one of us. God has given us the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, which testify of Jesus Christ, his mission on earth, his atoning sacrifice for all men and his resurrection that assures us that we, too, will live again after we die a mortal death. I know these things are true because, through answers to my prayers and sacred experiences of my life, these truths have been revealed and I want to share with others the peace I feel knowing that I am a child of God. I am so happy to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

It's important to me to be helpful to other people, whether or not they are members of my Church. I look for ways to share the abundance with which I've been blessed. I give a tithe to the Church to help the poor and needy. I find ways to help pay for the education of those who otherwise might not be able to become educated. After I retired, my wife and I spent 18 months serving as Church missionaries in Bolivia. We learned the Spanish language and got to know, love and serve many wonderful Bolivian people. We stay in contact wth some of them. I serve in various callings in the Church, visiting some families, seeing to their needs and well being and sharing Gospel messages. I have long been a member and leader in the Boy Scouts of America, teaching boys to be good, responsible men. I help with scout camps, served on Scout District Staff, have been a scout troop leader for 40 years and contribute funds to the Scouts. I like to work on community service projects like maintaining the local cemetery and the local handicapped persons' service ranch. To me, living a Christ-like life is serving other people by sharing the gifts and blessings Heavenly Father has given me. Everything I have God has given me; my life, my healthy body, my gifts and abililties and my heritage. To be a true Christian I need to share what I have with God's children who have less. I try to do that with my excess while at the same time I provide for the needs of my family. How do I live my Faith? I guess I just try to be a good person.