I was born an Episcopalian in Hollywood, CA and was raised in California. I grew up in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin where I was an acolyte and in my senior year of high school was elected deanery president of EYC. High school years were spent at Calaveras High School in San Andreas, CA, a small town 100 miles east of San Francisco. My father and mother owned the local drug store; both were pillars of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
After high school graduation I attended the University of California, Davis, where I received my bachelor’s degree. Uncle Sam then came calling so I joined the US Air Force and attended Officer Training School and then flight school. Upon receiving my wings I was assigned as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom jet fighter. After an initial assignment to Kunsan, Korea, I got a ticket to Vietnam where I flew numerous combat missions. I served this country honorably and proudly as a United States Air Force officer.
Upon separating from the Air Force I enrolled at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and received an MBA two years later. After graduation I entered corporate America and married Susan, a native Tarheel whom I met at the end of my Air Force stint. In 1983, I was transferred to Dallas. I have worked in corporate finance my entire career, retiring in January 2017.
We have attended Episcopal churches in Ft. Worth for the last 30 years. We currently are members at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. I have been a parish treasurer and was “called” to be Diocesan Treasurer in 2015; literally, a phone call from Bishop High. Susan and I have been married over 40 years. We have two grown children, Rebecca and Daniel; both live in Dallas.