Karen and I met in college and after I graduated with my Bachelors degree, we moved to Fort Collins to be closer to the mountains. Karen has retired after a long career teaching music. She then started a second career as a Barrista with Starbucks. I started working at Markley Motors on “nine-one of ninety-one” (how else could I remember the exact date?) and it must be a good fit since I'm still there! The Markley family has been a great community supporter since the beginning… all the way back to Mr. Ferd Markley, the founder. We have two great sons, Jack and Lee, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Danielle, and a future daughter-in-law Jimkay.
What are you passionate about?
Beyond my family, my main passion has been music, primarily singing. It was a Music Scholarship that paid for most of my college career (all five years) and allowed me to spend two months in the south pacific on a USO tour. (I even got to sing with The Lettermen.) I was a charter member of the Larimer Chorale, sang with Euphony, and was a long time member of the Choice City Singers. Unfortunately, due to a combination of genetics, earning several marksman awards as a youth (our practice range was, as I remember it, a concrete basement and back then nobody worried about ear plugs… if they were even around then!), using power woodworking tools, and being around auto shops, my hearing started deteriorating, so I am no longer able to participate in the choirs.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy many of the outdoor pursuits we have available to us here; camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and hunting. Fort Collins and the surrounding area have a multitude of regularly maintained bike and pedestrian trails. I also enjoy woodworking (though I'm careful to remember my hearing protection now!) Gardening is often a challenge, but one Karen and I both enjoy.
How long have you been a United Way donor?
I believe I was first introduced to United Way a month or two after starting to work at Markley's. (Did I mention that this company has been a long time supporter of this community and the United Way?)
Why do you choose to support your community through United Way?
Thanks to payroll deduction, it was very easy to start making contributions and all employees were encouraged to contribute. We have an annual meeting at work each fall to explain the importance and encourage all of the employees to give whatever they are able.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Yes: “Have a Great Day everyone!”
Thanks to Lynnand thousands of donors like him, we arehelping local children and families create a future filled with promise and opportunity.