Jeff was born in Fargo, North Dakota and raised in various suburbs of Minneapolis. He graduated from Mound-Westonka High School in 1974.
He served in the Air Force from 1974-1977 at Castle AFB CA. Jeff was a Weather Observer which he claims he had no passion for.
Jeff also served in the Minnesota Air National Guard in 1978 and 1979.
Jeff attended the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology—now the College of Computer Science and Engineering.
He graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He studied circuit design and semiconductor device physics.
The work was always challenging, requiring problem-solving skills.
Jeff worked for three companies over the span of his 35 year career.
- Sperry Univac, 6 years
- Texas Instruments, 19 years
- Honeywell Aerospace, 10 years
He was laid off from Honeywell in 2017 and at that time decided to retire.
During the course of his career, Jeff worked on integrated circuits for many applications including:
- Fire control computer for a submarine
- Echo canceller for long distance phone calls
- Mr, Coffee coffee maker controller.
- Segate and IBM hard disk drives
- Motorolla and Nokia cell phones
- Gigabit Ethernet chips for the Orion space capsule
- Dish position control for Satellite based internet for commercial airlines
Jeff married his wife Ardis in 1984. They had a daughter. Laura one year later.
Throughout his adult life, Jeff has moved many times. His journey began in Minneapolis, moving on to Bartlett, Illinois and then to the San Diego area of Rancho Penasquitos.
The topper of his career moves was offered through Texas Instruments— working in Antibes, France for the period of a year.
Jeff and his wife, Ardis, made the choice some 10 years ago to move to friendly Fallbrook…a decision they have not regretted.
They have met numerous people through the Fallbrook Newcomer’s and Encore Clubs which evolved into many friendships.
His hobbies include playing golf (3 X a week), reading and fishing. He is also a dedicated member of the Historical Society and gives his time and energy to guiding and improving our Museum and managing the Docent team. Jeff was elected Vice President of FHS in 2020 and re-elected in 2023.
Obviously a whizz on the computer, he maintains a website for the Encore Club. Jeff is also the webmaster for FHS (fallbrookhistoricalsociety.org). He re-designed the website in 2018 and added new features, including an online store and online membership sign-up
The joy in his life is chasing his 2 ½ year old grandson around and around.
Walking his dog is also a great pleasure.