Running for Idaho State Representative, District 1A

Professional Profile

I’m a fourth-generation Idahoan, born in Sandpoint to Dale and Joyce Boeck in 1949. My roots in North Idaho go back to my great-grandad who worked as a millwright for Humbird Lumber Company and built the home where I was raised. I attended Sandpoint High School and went on to the University of Idaho where I graduated with a B.S in Forestry and a commission as 2nd Lt. in the Idaho Army National Guard. In 1971, I married Dee Morton of Sandpoint, Idaho. We have lived our entire married lives in north Idaho where we raised our two children, Alyssa and Justin. We have three grand-children, Sydney, Henry and Isabel.

My professional career in the forest products industry began in 1972 as a forester for Kokanee Cedar Sales located in Naples, Idaho. In 1973 I was hired by Merritt Brothers Lumber Company in Priest River, Idaho and over the next 20 years I worked first as their resource manager and later as their general manager. After Merritt Brothers sold the Priest River sawmill, I continued as mill manager for Idaho Forest Industries and later Stimson Lumber Company.

In 2004, Merritt Brothers Lumber Company and Pondery Valley Fiber in Usk, WA retained me to manage a cooperative venture between the stud and chip mill in Usk, and the planer mill in Athol, ID. After three years at the Usk mill, I returned to my current position as resource manager for Merritt Bros. Lumber and TriPro Forest Products in Old Town, Idaho.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Held State of Idaho log scaling license
  • Recognized by Bonner County as certified forester
  • 20 years Idaho Army National Guard retired Major
  • Member REDIFIT working group providing intermodal transportation funding through Idaho Department of Agriculture, Idaho Department of Transportation and the Idaho Department of Commerce.
  • Priest River’s past “Citizen of the Year”
  • Smokejumper US Forest Service paid way through University of Idaho
  • Manage my own development corporation (M&D Development, Inc)
  • District 1 commissioner to the Idaho Forest Products Commission since 1997.
  • Past president Priest River Chamber of Commerce
  • Past member advisory board to College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.
  • Committee to form the West Bonner County School District

Hobbies and Interests

  • Avid big game hunter and fisherman
  • Off road motorcycling, snowmobiling and boating
  • Triathlete and grand fondo bicyclist
  • Acoustic instrument builder
  • Local slow jam musician
  • Coaching kids football, basketball, soccer
  • Golfing
  • Gardening
  • Hiking and huckleberry picking