Taken Sept 2010
Wade born April 30, 2011
Kasen Robert Wade Born June 17, 2013
Matthew Roland Wade Born Sept 14, 2015
Kathie and Rob Swenson (Sept. 27. 2008 in
Some general info on me and my family!
I am 68 years young and I am retired
from Securitas Security
Services at the
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. I was employed
by Burns Security starting on August 26, 1983 as an Armed Security Officer
and promoted to a Central Alarm Station operator several years later.
Burns was eventually purchased by Securitas Security Services. I retired on Feb 24, 2011 after 27.5 years of
employment. Comanche Peak is a nuclear powered pressurized water
reactor (PWR) electric generating facility near Glen Rose, Texas.
beautiful, wonderful wife, Linda
Bishop Clarkson, to whom I have been happily married for 43 years, works at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
Over the last twenty years, she has worked in the Operations Training
Department, the Control Room as a Control Room Assistant, the Operating
System Group, and is presently employeed in the Engineering Training
My oldest daughter is Shannon
She graduated in May 1998 from
Abilene Christian University with a BS in
Agriculture Range Agronomy. She then earned a Master's Degree in Christian
Ministry in Dec 2001 from ACU with an emphasis on children's and family ministry and
education. In Sept 2014, she was informed by ACU that she has been accepted into the
Doctor of Ministry program at ACU and will be working on that degree for several years.
In July, 2016, Shannon joined the faculty staff at Lubbock Christian University
as the Assistant Professor of Children's Ministy. From 2003 to 2016, she
was employed as a Children and Family Minister at the Kingwood Church of Christ
in Kingwood, Texas. Shannon's husband is David Rains, who is employed by
Insperity in Kingwood, TX.
He is presently working with new clients of Inspirity, setting up and
troubleshooting their business management software
used by Insperity and is now working out of his home office in Lubbock. Their daughter and our first
grandchild, River Cadence, was born on Jan. 22, 2003. Their son, Reese
Alexander, was born on Feb 4, 2009. Kristie Clarkson Wade is our oldest twin
daughter and is also employed at Comanche Peak. She takes care works
for the Maintenance Training Department in a similar capacity as Linda. Our
middle daughter and oldest twin, Kristie,
graduated from Abilene Christian University on Dec 15, 2006 with a BA in Business Administration Organizational
Management. She is presently
working for the Luminant Engineering Training Department. Robert Wade, who works in the Sporting Goods Department of Wal-Mart in
Stephenville. They live about four hundred yards down the road from us
(actually next door) down the road from us on our farm property near Walnut Springs. Their
daughter, Avery Wynter was born on April 30, 2011, and their son Kasen was
born on June 17, 2013. Their third child, Matthew Roland Wade,
was born on September 14, 2015. Kathie Clarkson Swenson, our
youngest twin daughter, is married to Robert (Rob) Swenson, of Roswell, New
Mexico. Kathie and Rob now live in Brentwood, Tennessee where Kathie
has a job working for a CHS, a hospital management company. She was moved by her
company to the company home office in Franklin to help with forming a new
division within the company and is now a Team Lead working with hospital
graduated from ACU on May 8, 2004, with a BA in in Business Administration,
Human Resource Management. Rob is working as an
armed security officer at the Air Force Base near Nashville, TN
Linda and I are members of the
Granbury Church of Christ, where we
have taught 2nd grade bible classes from the fall of 2001 to the winter of 2015, and where
I presently volunteer my photographic skills as the unofficial church
photographic historian. Most churches do not photographically record many
events and, as a result, do not have a lot of their history recorded in images
for future viewing. Shannon, David, River and Reese are members of the Tahoka
Church of Christ. Kristie and Robert are also members of the Granbury Church
of Christ and teach in the elementary classes as needed. Kathie
and Rob presently attend the Otter Creek Church of Christ in Franklin, TN.
My whole family is politically
conservative and we identify with the conservative side of the Republican Party. I have been a
Republican since I was 10 years old and don't plan to change--EVER!
The present ultra liberal Democratic Party and its official political platform is the biggest
single threat to the over all security of our wonderful country that has
ever existed. I believe ultra liberalism and the progressive liberal
movement in our government has got to be stopped before
it causes the death of our country and the freedoms we enjoy.
Our Favorite Family Activity
Linda and I have enjoyed camping in the Rocky
Mountains during the Summer and Fall and in Texas during the Spring, Summer, and
Fall. We use our 2005 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4x4 (see our
2005 vacation report
in the photo gallery as to why we are in a Titan!) and a Forrest River ROO 23B
hybrid/expandable trailer. Bear Lake, which is at apx 10,500 ft near
Cuchara, has been a favorite place to camp for over 25 years. In the last
several years, Williams Reservoir, 25 miles north of Pagosa Springs near the
Weminuche Wilderness Area at approximately 9,000 ft elevation, has been added to
that all time favorites list. We have also enjoyed camping a number of times at
Silver Jack Reservoir south of the Gunnison River. It was at Owl Creek
Pass to the west of Silver Jack that we saw our first Colorado grizzly bear,
something that is quite rare in Colorado and a lot of people don't believe exists
in Colorado anymore. Our favorite activity in Colorado has been driving
the 4WD roads in the areas near our camp grounds. We love exploring and
taking pictures of the remote areas that we four-wheel drive into.
Unfortunately, when the little Nissan King Cab blew its engine on top of Raton
Pass, that pretty much ended trips on the really rough and narrow 4X4 roads. The
Titan we now drive, even though it is a tough truck, is just too large to take
on many of those very narrow roads. Our favorite places to camp in Texas
are Galveston State Park, Palo Dura State Park, Garner State Park, Martin
Dies Jr. State Park, and Brazos Bend State Park. Although we have always
loved camping in Colorado, we are presently not
camping in Colorado as a protest of their restrictive firearms laws pushed
through by liberal Democrats in 2013. Since Kathie and Rob have moved to
Tennessee, we have decided to start exploring the camping available in the Appalachan Mountains. Linda and I are also members of Windham Travel
Resorts. We also enjoy a owning a timeshare membership with Wyndam Resorts
which we bought into about a year ago.
I am an active hunter, fisherman, and shooting
enthusiast. Besides owning land that I can hunt and fish on, I also have my own
100 yard rifle range beside my house. I was one of the first Concealed
Handgun licensees in the state when concealed carry went into effect and I
strongly believe in the freedom of ownership of firearms that is provided by the
2nd Amendment to the US Constitution.
Linda and I are now actively involved in tracing
our family ancestry. Finding our "roots" has been quite and eye
opening experience. I started the searching while still working in
security. In my spare time I would get on the computer and look for
relatives and put them into my family tree that I started on Ancestry.com.
This led both me and my wife to eventually become members of Sons of the
American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. I have
recently found that one of my family lines came from Mayflower passengers.
Another line was here before the Mayflower. I also have found one of my
direct line ancestors, a 3rd great grandmother, came to Texas in 1834 and I am
in the process of applying for Sons of the Republic of Texas. Linda has found
that some of her ancestors came to Texas in 1832 while it was still under the rule of Mexico and Santa
Anna. She had at least one relative who fought in the Texas Revolution at
San Jacinto. If you are interested in beautiful architecture from 100
years ago, please visit my research on my grandfather and architect, Wiley G
Clarkson. He made a huge impact on Fort Worth in the first half of the 20th
century. I have traveled many miles looking for and photographing his
projects across Texas.
Linda and I share a love for digital photography
which she enjoys turning into beautiful scrap book pages using Adobe PhotoShop.
Some of these photos are posted to this web site, however, most end up on
FaceBook! I have been a licensed amateur radio operator, WC5WC, for more than 50
years. Please visit the amateur radio and photographic albums for more on
the photographic hobby. My daughters, Shannon and Kristie both have
amateur radio licenses. For more info on my radio hobby, visit my web site
section on Amateur Radio, the first true social media!
My whole family is active on FaceBook. Send
me a friend request and along with "I saw your web site" and I will immediately
add you to my friends.