MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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November 4, 2012

Road designer on new path

Civil engineer turns to volunteering at school

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— What do you do with your free time?

“What is spare time? I enjoy photography, writing, reading. My library card stays warm because I always use it.”

How do you make a living in Muskogee?

“I work on an on-call basis with the engineering firm of Holloway, Updike & Bellen.”

What would make Muskogee a better place to live?

“I feel more job opportunities would help. The Port of Muskogee is always wanting to attract more industries. We need to have more skilled jobs.”

Is there an Okie from Muskogee you admire?

“At work, I’m fortunate to have had two mentors, Jay Updike and Terry Eddings. Then there is my father, who lives in the country south of Muskogee. He is heavily involved in missions, volunteering and giving. Now, he is in Mexico, building a third story on a hospital.”

What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you since you have lived in Muskogee?

“The ice storm in 2007 was memorable, being without electricity for seven to eight days and cooking out on gas fire logs. The mall had electricity, so we went to the mall and saw a movie. For more normal memorable things, I’ve always enjoyed the plays. And my three boys were born here.”

How would you sum up Muskogee in 25 words or less?

“It’s a hidden gem, a place with a lot of diversity and opportunity.”

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