Born at Fort Bliss in 1954. His father was a career soldier. Lived in Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and various installations in Germany. Enlisted in the Army, shortly after high school and served as a crew chief in the 3rd Armored Cav. Honorably discharged at his EAOS, he spent 30 years in law enforcement with the El Paso Police Department and the State Attorney General's Office of Texas. He passed away in 2010 from lung cancer.