was born and raised in Utah. I have been to most of the states in
America, have traveled to many parts of the world, and I can truly say
that there is no place on earth that I would prefer to call home.
My parents instilled in me a love for America. From them
I was taught an appreciation for our country's Founding Fathers, The
U.S. Constitution and the remarkable freedoms found in the Bill Of
Rights. I do not remember learning this from school, and therefore feel
blessed for being raised with such values.
My mother immigrated from Germany and has a deep love
for America. She rejoiced when she was able to receive her United States
I served as a missionary of the LDS church in Buenos
Aires, Argentina and speak Spanish. I truly loved my mission and have
maintained many of the friendships to this day. I have been able
to return to Argentina several times to visit. Living out of
country increased my appreciation for my country and my liberties.
I married Audrey Coon in 1994 and we have raised our
children in Salt Lake City, Clearfield, South Jordan and Nibley. We have
7 children, our youngest was just born in September.
I am a licensed general contractor and have a history in remodeling
homes. I enjoy this work as it is fulfilling to take something that is
run down and transform it into something of quality and beauty.
I have also worked in building self storage facilities and currently
co-own and operate several storage locations in Utah and several other
states. I love the self storage industry and truly enjoy my work.
I am a licensed Realtor and have a particular interest in studying the
housing market and the U.S. economy.
Possessing an entrepreneurial spirit, I have started and run several
Although successful in business without a college degree, I felt a
strong desire to go back to school. I wanted to set a good example
for my children and to live up to the unspoken standard my own father
set for me. In 2008, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with my (then) five young
Our family has always enjoyed trying to raise a
and in recent years we have added animals to our list of projects. We
have raised pigeons, chickens, ducks, pigs, a goat and honey bees.
One of the reasons we love Nibley is because it has a
farming feel to it. We love driving by and seeing cows,
buffalos, horses, goats, lambs, corn or large fields of freshly
cut bails of hay. There is such a wide
variety of animals and farming in our community! I have learned so much
about farming from my own neighbors and on occasion get to be the one to teach.
fun outings with my children is something I definitely prioritize.
We all anticipate annual campouts, fishing (including ice fishing) and
swimming in the local hot springs. How amazing that so many
adventures are only minutes from home!
As a family, we have traveled the beautiful highways of America on
numerous road trips. Our biggest journeys have taken us to
Louisiana, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Washington D.C. but we have
also visited many other states, national parks and destinations.
One funny memory that I particularly enjoy was the
time when we traveled to seven national parks covering four states . On the
drive home I was thinking of all the neat memories we had made and
wondered what the kids' favorite memory was. Surprisingly, what
they said they enjoyed the most was, "...that time when you let us jump
on the bed at the hotel." I guess it just goes to show that you
don't need to travel far or spend much, to build great memories with
Although I have loved America for as long as I can
recall, in recent years I have deepened my loyalty and commitment to
this treasured land of liberty. Out of concern for America's
fading glory, I began a scholarly self-education journey which has taken
me through U.S. history, the principles of freedom, the study of economics,
and more. I have learned there are patterns, key fundamentals and
natural laws which all interact to establish and maintain our
It takes accurately educated, and personally prepared
individuals to make strong citizens. As America faces the realities of
future hardships, the relationships found in families and communities,
as well as in personal faith, will continue to be vital anchors.