I was born in Ogden Utah 1958 as the 5th and final child of Dale and Vera Phipps.
After my mother remarried, we moved quite a bit. I lived for a time in Layton, Clinton, Clearfield, Ogden, Ogden Canyon, and Riverdale - all between 8 and 18 years of age.
I'm a strong believer in education and obtained as much education as I could. Here's the places I was educated:
I began working at a young age. My family had a small farm in Clinton and we sold fresh produce from a roadside stand from a garden that I largely managed.
As a youth I mowed lawns, took care of yards, picket cherries, vended at rodeos and other events.
Shortly after I turned 16, I worked at Grey Cliff Lodge in Ogden Canyon. I started as a dishwasher and worked up to part of the kitchen staff and bus boy. I left there to attend school at BYU in 1976.
I served a Church mission to the Tennessee Nashville Mission, leaving in March 1977 and returning in March 1979.
After returning home, I worked at various places to help provide my college education. These jobs included:
I met an amazing person, Cheryl Lynn Frankenbach, on the 4th of July 1981 when we were both attending BYU. After a short courtship, we were married in the Manti Temple on 16 September 1981.
We were blessed with a daughter McKenna, born in October 1982. McKenna was then and always has been a delight in our lives and we are incredibly proud of her. She has a home in Hyrum, Utah and is employed by Utah State University.
After graduation, I accepted a position with the National Computer Security Center, a component of the National Security Agency and our small family moved to Severn, Maryland. After a time, I was offered a position with NSA to represent my project in a local office at Gunter Air Force Station (now Gunter Annex) in Montgomery, Alabama. When the project was about to be canceled, I accepted an offer to work for TRW, in Ogden Utah and we moved back to Ogden in the fall of 1985.
In January 1986, we sold our home in Alabama and bought the home we now live in here in Clearfield. We chose Clearfield because of its family orientation and proximity to areas where I would be working. We have had opportunities to move other places but have remained committed to Clearfield and anticipate being here for the foreseeable future.
I spent many years as a contractor at Hill Air Force Base, working in many different areas, including ICBMs, 309th Headquarters (change management processes and policies), designing and developing data-intensive systems at the Megacenter, and a member of the Software Technology Support Center providing software consulting to Air Force and other customers.
I also provided support to the Forest Service, Homeland Security through various Federal Government contractors.
For several years, I provided software support and project management guidance to the LDS Church, particularly in the Temple and the Family and Church History Department.
In 2013, I accepted a position with Zions Bancorporation, where I current am employed as an IT Project manager in the Enterprise Information Management (data) organization.
I have always had a desire to contribute to my community. Even as a youth, I participated in events such as the March of Dimes and other organizations to help raise funds.
I've been active in Boy Scouts of America and have served as a Webelo's Den Leader (with my wife Cheryl), an 11 Year Old Scout Leader, a Varsity Coach, and am currently an assistant Venture Leader. I've committed a considerable amount of time to youth and youth activities, probably because a part of me has never grown up and so I can related to them! One of the pleasures I have in life is meeting the teenage sons of those whom I served with in youth programs when they were the same age.
In the early 2000s, I was the chair of the Clearfield Community Council (now defunct). We sponsored the Take Pride in Clearfield Day activities and other events. I managed its becoming a 501(c)3 NPO and developed the governing documents.
I was successful in being elected to the Clearfield City Council the first time in 2005. While a member of the Council, I was appointed one of the City's representatives on the North Davis Fire District, where I served as Vice Chair. I also served as Chair of the Community Development and Renewal Agency. There were many difficult decisions that had to be made at that time and I was proud of my service. I lost my re-election 4 years later.
After that election, I was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission, where I served for several years as the Chairman.
I also sought for and was appointed a Community Representative to the Hill Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board, which provides community feedback to restoration efforts associated with ground water contamination emanating from Hill Air Force Base.
In 2015, I ran again for the Clearfield City Council and have been pleased to serve again as part of that council.