I was born in Ellensburg, WA, and attended Kittitas High School. I obtained 2 years of college at Yakima Junior College and Brigham Young University. I was raised on a farm then began farming in a partnership with my father, got married in 1975 to Vicki Wright and had six children and 14 grandchildren. I wrestled some in college. I really enjoy riding motorcycles in the mountains and sand dunes, watching football and baseball, and serving in my church.