Joe was born a Texan and grew up the way most West Texas boys grew up… with rugged, outdoor adventure and a passion to be out under that big, West Texas sky. Joe grew up at the feet of storytellers in a day before television had assaulted the young imagination. Joe's grandfather and uncle Jack both talked in stories and from them Joe learned to weave tales and appreciate the power of words.
Joe discovered that he could safely go wherever he wanted to go, be whatever he wanted to be, or conquer any evil and always win. Joe grew and served his country in the Army as a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Knox, a Mortar Platoon Sgt in Korea and finally as a tactical officer for the Army National Guard's officer training school.
While at Ft Knox, Joe became a Scoutmaster with a hundred red-blooded American boys eager for the same stuff he grew up on. It was an exciting time and Joe came to love the world of Scouting. He continued for twenty-five years as a Scoutmaster with various troops as he moved around the country.
In my Scouts, Joe made a wonderful discovery. They loved the telling of a story the way he had loved it. They encouraged him and insisted that he always have a story for the end-of-day campfire. For years Joe told his stories to only them but time proved that others too could be spellbound by a story of goodness and honor and justice.
For the last 36 years Joe earned his living as a Media Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering. He lives in California where he and his wife have raised four children. He serves as an Elder in the church and teach 4th-6th grade Bible school.
Joe still loves that big western sky and the wilderness beneath it. He still loves, and have never forgotten, the Western ways and traditions. Joe writes stories about those times and those amazing people of unblemished character and honor. And when the campfire flickers, Joe gets a stir in his soul. A yearning swells within him to recall the events of good days past and tell their story.