D. Risdon Westen eBooks
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he grew up in small rural farming and ranch communities: Granger, Iowa, Gruver, Texas, and Gallatin, Missouri, to name a few.
The son of a preacher; a family believing that hard work was the only way to get ahead. He filled in at the pulpit, bucked bails, hunted, fished and picked berries. Planting, the enlightenment of seeing things grow, was bred into him; along with a respect for all living things.
He graduated from Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown, Iowa, in 1964, and attended college there, continuing to pursue his work in theatre and as an area soloist.
In 1966, he entered military service; first as a Personnel Specialist, then Technical Instructor and finally as a Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, retiring in 1991.
Life's journey has taken him to most states; except, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and afforded him the opportunity to live nine years in Germany, traveling extensively to Holland, Belgium, and Luxemburg; with one tour of duty in Korea.
He graduated from the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California, in 1986 and graduated, Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache, from the Goethe-Institut, Frankfurt, Germany, in 1987. Though he possesses over 160 semester hours of college credit, he’s earned only an Associate Degree from the Community College of the Air Force. In his words: "I studied things that interested me and that I found could be put to good use".
Mr. Westen earned his livelihood, before, during and after military service, through operating a Lawn Care business, babysitting, shoe salesman, as a Hospital Orderly, selling Amway products, janitorial work, as a Fuller Brush salesman, Jailer, Tournament Supervisor for a 36 hole Golf Course, as a Kirby salesman, teaching C&W dancing, selling cookware and sewing machines, operating a Driving Range, selling household appliances and televisions, Deputy Sheriff, a Chevrolet salesman, as a "cowhand" on a Dairy Farm, Golf Instructor, exterior house painter, Bowling Alley night manager; and now, published author. He is currently a Deputy City Marshal.
His past community service activities include: Chief, Police Reserve, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, umpiring for Little League Baseball, coaching Youth Basketball and Baseball, serving the community of Wichita Falls, Texas, as a member of the Traffic Safety Commission and as Girl Scout Neighborhood Chairperson, Wiesbaden, Germany.
His primary hobbies are golf, cooking and target shooting.
Awards most valued: USAF Humanitarian Service Medal, OSPR Motorcycle Wings and the "Thank You Medal" he received from Moshe Arens, Minister of Defense, Israel.
"There's nothing more important than Family."; his favorite phrase.
He writes, because he enjoys it.