I was raised in Kaysville and attended Kaysville schools. After graduating from Davis High School in 1970, I attended and then graduated from Utah State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning degree. I am a licensed landscape architect to practice in Utah.
During my senior year of college, I met my wife Janis. We were married in July of 1974, one month after my graduation. We moved to Layton 36 years ago. Janis and I have three children and eight grandchildren.
After college graduation, I looked for jobs throughout the intermountain west, but ended up landing a job with the Davis County Planning Commission where I had interned the summer before. In my years working for Davis County, I was a planner working on many varied and exciting long-range plans to guide the future of the county and its cities. I also served as a contract planner from the county to three cities: Farmington, Syracuse, and Layton. I did several park designs for various cities throughout the county. I began my contract work with Layton City on January 1, 1978. On October 1, 1979, I became Layton's first full-time planner. At that point, I left Davis County and the other two cities to devote all of my attention to Layton. I retired from the city in May of 2017 after 39 years of service holding different positions over the years including Planner, Planning Director, Community, and Economic Development Director, Strategic Projects Manager, and Parks Planner.
During my tenure with Layton, I saw the Layton Hills Mall constructed, the annexation of the former East Layton City, much of the commercial development north of Layton Hills Mall, the development at the East Gate to Hill Air Force Base along with a considerable amount of the residential development throughout the city.
I was a member of the Davis County Chamber of Commerce for many years. I worked with the committee that developed the Recreation, Arts, Museum and Parks (RAMP) program for the city. I was also a member of the American Planning Association for many years and served as vice president of the Utah Chapter from 1986 to 1988. I worked with the various religious groups to develop the Layton Interfaith Council and have continued to work with that council after retirement.