Where went 60 years?
I studied Civil Engineering at the West Virginia Institute of Technology but spent most of my time in the woods or on the New River in the portion of water above the hydroelectric plant at Gauley Bridge. You’ll see my love for the outdoors reflected in many of the stories.
I love hunting, fishing, and trapping. Spending time in the outdoors is important to me, but as I’ve grown older and I hope wiser, I realize being in the woods or on the water is not the end all. God put us here for relationship. First with him and then with each other. Hopefully, you’ll see that sentiment reflected in my stories, too.
After college I somehow became a boat builder and have worked for Regal Marine Industries for the last 30 years, 13 of them running one of, if not the last, satellite plants left in the industry.
I lost my wife Nancy in April of 2006 to a brain tumor, Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most deadly form of brain cancer. Three-and-a-half years after a successful resection and living and loving deeper than ever before, the tumor recurred. 60 Minutes began chronicling the family’s journey when Nancy was accepted into a cutting edge clinical trial which used a modified version of the Polio virus to awaken her immune system to the tumor. Google Nancy Justice 60 Minutes and follow the links to the 60 Minutes video’s.
A couple of months later I was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Never smoked a day in my life, go figure.
I’m in remission for now. I don’t know long it will last, but while I’m still on the green side, I plan on living a good life with purpose. Don’t feel sorry for me. There’s going to be a lot of good times and love before I go. To quote a song, “Everyone should get to live like they’re dying”.