published: Friday, May 11, 2012
-- Hometown: Clermont
-- OCCUPATION: Inventor, engineer, and state park OPS ranger
-- FAMILY: Wife, Jeanette, of 43 years; daughter, Christina, and her husband, Duane; my daughter, Theresa, and her husband, Brad; my 88-year-old mother-in-law, Helen; my six grandchildren -- Tyler, 21, Brent, 17, Caleb, 15, Alana, 13, Adam, 11, and Austin 8
What do you enjoy most about South Lake County?
I enjoy the caring, friendliness and giving of the people most of all. Lake Louisa State Park and the Clermont Historic Village, along with the water and hills, make it a wonderful place to live.
If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be?
I try to help people make their lives better.
Name a person or incident you've come across recently that's touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much?
While being involved with several service organizations, I saw people of all walks of life helping to feed children and families of South Lake through the leadership of Bruce Greer in the Community Foundation of South Lake. I like to be involved with organizations to help the people of South Lake.
How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area?
Helping to build the Clermont Historic Village and most recently the World War II museum in the village.
What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet?
Whenever I wanted to do something in my life, I just did it or at least tried to do it. Only time and God's grace will determine what is next.
What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community?
For the young people: God gives each of us talents to be used. Use these talents wisely but use them. For the older people: Don't just retire. Use the talents God gave you to help others. Volunteer. The Clermont Historic Village needs volunteers. Stop in Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.