|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.