"The best adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams" — a CTMH stamp set sentiment
For the past sixteen years, my wife Julie and I have made our home in beautiful Provo, Utah. The Provo area is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work in the country. We have five children ranging in ages from twenty-one to eleven: Andrew, Spencer, Rachel, Laura, and Kaitlyn.
I was born and raised in the rural community of Delta located in West Central Utah. I grew up helping my grandfather and father in their farming and ranching business. I also raised sheep, pigs, and cattle of my own for the Annual 4-H-sponsored Livestock Show. It is with funds from selling a cow at the Livestock Show that I purchased my first computer at the age of eleven.
This started a life-long passion for computers and technology. At the age of fourteen, I was writing business and accounting software in dBase for local businesses and before long was selling PC-compatible computers assembled from parts. I also helped manage the local Radio Shack Franchise as a section in the local lumber and hardware store.
As a young man, I was also heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America and its service arm, the Order of the Arrow. I am an Eagle Scout and an Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor. In my teens, I also served in various council-level Order of the Arrow positions including Lodge Chief for the Tu-Cubin-Noonie Lodge of the Utah National Parks Council. In high school, I graduated in the top 10 of my class and was a regional finalist as a Sterling Scholar in the area of Business. I also represented the State of Utah in a National Computer Competition sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America. I received a scholarship to attend Brigham Young University. I attended BYU for one year prior to serving a two-year mission in Manchester, England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
After returning from my mission, I met the incomparable Julie Izatt on a blind date while continuing my schooling at Brigham Young University. Julie was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father was in the Air Force and they traveled around the world in her growing up years including a stay in Germany. Julie has a degree in Elementary Education and is currently balancing being a mom and working part-time at Amelia Earhart Elementary.
In addition to my family and professional commitments, I serve as a volunteer leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Boy Scouts of America. I serve as a counselor in the Provo West Stake Presidency. A Stake is similar to a Catholic Diocese. My responsibilities include overseeing programs for children and youth including planning and participating in various summer camps and activities for seven congregations. Julie serves as a volunteer in the Cub Scouting.
My employment with Close To My Heart has given us the unique opportunity to travel the world hosting our top performing distributors on incentive trips. As a result, we have cruised to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. We have also been on land trips to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. These trips have been so enjoyable and we have made life-long friends. However, by far my happy place in the world is at our small little cabin up Weber Canyon on Aspen Mountain near the sleepy Summit County town of Oakley, Utah. The banner picture on this page is the view looking south from our cabin during the autumn. We try to spend some time at the cabin year round. It is typically only accessible by snowmobile during the winter months and best of all there is no AT&T cell phone tower in the area😁. I find myself checking the weather station of one of my neighbors when I can’t be up there.