Clyde Coon – 50 years in 350 words or less
I attended the University of Idaho from 1965-1969 and graduated with a degree in Mathematics. Summers were spent working in Fire Control for the BLM. I was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and played three years on the varsity baseball team.
Bonnie Gochenour of Pocatello, ID lived across the street in the Delta Gamma house. We began dating in February 1968 and were married in October of the same year. We grew apart over the years and divorced in 2000. She has been retired from teaching for several years and enjoys wintering in Arizona.
We have two children each of whom had three children. We have one granddaughter and five grandsons. They are all doing well and we are very proud of them.
After college I taught junior high school for three years and then did one year of graduate studies at the University of Utah. We returned to Boise where I worked at Burroughs Corporation in software sales and support for three years and then worked for Oppenheimer Companies in various Information Technology positions for 34 years retiring in 2012. Doug and Skip Oppenheimer were great employers. We struggled for many years with various crummy minicomputers until the mid-1990s when the Windows machines were powerful enough for corporate computing.
I played softball each summer to the age of 31, did a little skiing in the winter, and played many hundreds of rounds of golf. I loved playing lunchtime basketball at the YMCA until age 51. I played a lot of pool, poker, pan, pinochle, gin, cribbage, and bridge over the years. For whatever reason duplicate bridge is the only game I still play regularly.
I met Sarah Bigger about four years ago at the now closed Tablerock Brewpub. We argued and fought for years since we disagree about almost everything. Somehow we found a connection and have been dating for one and one-half years. She has a Master’s Degree in Geology and is a consultant in the oil and gas industry.