Born in Missouri, raised in many places, he graduated from high school in Tucson, AZ. Seven days after graduation, he joined the Navy. He graduated from the US Naval Academy degree and was commissioned an Ensign. During the next 24+ years he served in a wide variety of ships, including a Destroyer, a Guided Missile Cruiser, and multiple types of Amphibious Warfare vessels. Stateside shore duty included multiple tours for studies at the Surface Warfare School in Newport Rhode Island. Overseas duty included a Person Exchange Tour with the Royal Navy (British) where he served as the Staff Plans Officer for the Commodore Amphibious Warfare (COMAW), the Amphibious Plans Officer for Flag Officer 3rd Flotilla (FOF3) and with NATO as the Plans Officer for the United Kingdom and Netherlands Amphibious Group (UKNLPHIBGRU). Later he also served with NATO at HQ Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSOUTH) as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff (SPACOS) and Assistant Secretary to the Staff for the Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe.
Later he Commanded USS RACINE LST 1191 making a very short notice deployment to the South Pacific for Operation Remembrance carrying the 1st Marine Division Band and US Marines of Task Force Guadalcanal to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of WW II battles in the South Pacific. As the Commanding Officer of USS RACINE LST 1191, he was the senior Naval Officer present at Guadalcanal. 6 Medal of Honor awardees were present at the ceremony as well as numerous USMC Generals and other senior officers as well many senior representatives from allied nations. As a part of the operation, he conducted a burial at sea of a now-deceased WWII Guadalcanal survivor.
For his last tour on Active Duty he served as the Chief of Staff, Surface Warfare Development Group at Little Creek, VA (Norfolk/Virginia Beach). He completed his military career as a Navy Captain (0-6/Colonel equiv).
Leaving the Navy and transitioning to civilian life, he completed a Masters of Science in Management degree and commenced studies for a MBA. He became General Manager and President for HarborLink, a passenger ferry operating in Hampton Roads between Norfolk and Hampton, VA.
Leaving VA and returning to AZ, he settled in Fountain Hills. He soon joined the Board of the Fountain Hills Republican Club. Later, he served two 2-years terms as President. During the time the club was twice recognized by AZ GOP and the Governor as the Best Republican Club or Organization in the state. He is currently the club Secretary.
He is a Precinct Committeeman. He has served as the 2nd Vice Chair/Program Chair for GOP LD 8, and later the GOP LD 23 Committee, and as a State Committeeman.
He is active with the VFW, currently as Adjutant, formerly serving as Post Commander. He is on the Boards of the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce; the River of Time Museum; the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX; and a philanthropic foundation/trust.
He is married to the former Marie Delangis of Michigan and has 7 step-children and one dog. He lives in Fountain Hills.