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Gator D

I was born in Alabama at a very young age and grew up in a rural farm area that gave me the opportunity to observe, appreciate and learn about nature. My passion for nature was not only fueled by the world that I grew up in but also by watching old Tarzan movies as a child where Johnny Weismuller ruled on the big screen.

After moving to Ft. Myers as a 12 year old inquisitive child my nature world expanded greatly! Alligators, turtles, manatee, birds and plants and the Everglades totally intrigued me. I have spent an amazing 11 years on active duty in the Air Force and an additional 2 years in the Army National Guard. From there I served in the United States Secret Service for another 14 years before returning to my home here in southwest Florida.

I am the father of 3 absolutely wonderful children and grandfather to 9 equally wonderful grandchildren.

I have since broadened my education and obtained my Florida master naturalist certification and have been guiding for 8 years. I am excited to be with this great organization and love the Everglades and love sharing this marvelous place with our guests! I look forward to serving you and building more great memories and adventures with you!