I was born in San Diego, CA. in 1930; quite a long way back. During my 14 years in California, my family lived in Mission Hills and in Blossom Valley, east of El Cajon. During WWII my dad enlisted in the USMC and when he was shipped overseas I along with my mother and siblings returned to the place of our family roots; Sandpoint.
My dad graduated from Priest River High and my mom from Sandpoint High. My dad’s folks were in the newspaper business; they owned and operated the Priest River Times and later the Pend Oreille Review in Sandpoint. My mom’s dad was Sandpoint’s Presbyterian minister and her mother was a practicing doctor in town. Their name was Westwood and they had many relatives in the area, mostly from the Page family.
I graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1948, followed by 2 years at the University of Idaho, and then enlisted in the USMC for a 3 year term during the Korean War. After returning from Korea I met Clarice Likness and we were married in April 1954. We have raised our two children, Jim and Linda, here in Sandpoint. Currently, our son Jim and his wife Rhonda live in Woodland Hills, CA and have 2 children. Our daughter Linda is married to Bill Connolly, they have 2 boys and fortunately for Grandpa and Grandma they live here in Sandpoint.
I’ve done a number of things throughout my years living here including working for Pack River, had a photography studio, owned and ran the first ski shop at Schweitzer, surveyed, and finally went into the real estate business in 1970. I became a broker in 1977 and opened Parsons Realty which I operated until April 2006. During that time I also managed Condo Del Sol for 20 years. On April 1, 2006 I began working for C21 On the Lake as Associate Broker.
Both my wife and I have been active in the community during our 52 years. We have stayed here in Sandpoint for everything it has to offer us; the Lake, the Mountains, 4 Seasons, and a Town Full of Great Giving People. My passion is my family along with some tennis thrown in along the way.
Sandpoint has grown since 1945, but; I still see it as a great place to live, raise children and enjoy what’s at your front and back door.