I was born in
Twin Falls and raised in Boise. I graduated from Capital High School
in 1977, where I enjoyed participating in the choir and basketball
programs, and had a lot of fun in chemistry, physics and math. I
then went to BYU for a semester before filling a religious mission
in Thailand from 1978-80.
I then attended
Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I fished around
for a while in several science departments before I settled on studying
biochemistry and molecular biology. I had a great time there, even
though it was far away from home and family. I made a lot of friends
from all over the country, studied all kinds of interesting subjects,
learned how to play squash and row boats (on the crew team, that
is). Ultimately I graduated in 1984 with honors in general studies
and was then accepted into medical school at the University of Utah
for the following year.
While home during
the summer in between my junior and senior year I met a beautiful
young woman from Spanish Fork, Utah, Allison Foote. We became rather
interested in each other, and despite the cross-country distance
separating us the following few months (after our senior school
years started) we were married in July 1984 in Salt Lake City during
the summer in between college and medical school. She worked as
a nurse while I attended medical school until the birth of our first
2 children. I graduated from medical school, and we then moved to
St. Louis, Missouri for all my clinical training, including internship,
residency, and finally cardiology specialty training (total of 7
years!) through 1985. While in St. Louis we had 2 more children.
We then moved to Eagle, Idaho where we have lived ever since (along
with 3 more children; total of 7!).
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