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Page 8 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight Darrin Watson, owner of One Eye Jack's pizza restaurant in downtown Council, always .takes time to enio Y his cus- tomers. "I love the social hub at the restaurant," he explained. His lively ener- gy and a broad, expressive smile accompany his easy conversation, and belie his impressive work ethic. His two brick stone ovens require attentive timing; a fresh salad bar, 27 pizza and sandwich toppings on top of his counter and a whole lot more under the shelf create a broad menu of specialty sandwiches, pastas and pizzas. He even makes gluten free dishes, provided customers call ahead. The recent addition of Kim's Koffee Korner provides a whole new genre of coffee and treats. Darrin attributes his inspiration for building a superb business to his grandfather, Challen. Growing up in a huge family near Homedale, Challen only finished 8th grade, but through sheer hard work he and Darrin's father, Terry, built a very successful pesticide operation. Darrin started working with his father and grandfather i:n Marsing at age 6. Work was hard, but he also played hard, always outdoors with horse 4-H, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. "I had my own snowmobile at age 4," he grinned. He loved school--the social activity and the sports. With 4 years in cross country track and 18 years in wrestling, he lettered and competed at the state level. "But I was horrible at basketball 7 he laughed. His early life goal was to coach wresting. However, when offered a walk on opportunity to wrestle at BSU, he turned it down to join the Army Reserves. A huge clash ensued between his time required in the Reserves and dad's need for help with the pesticide business. "I was working an average of 120 hours a week at the spray company 9 months of the year," he explained. He struggled through sleep deprived days, cramming winter classes at BSU. By bizarre coincidence his separation from the army occurred Sept 11, 2001. "I had a little bit of guilt about leaving then;' he admitted, "but there were just too many irons in the fire:' On top of everything, his son Jesse had just been born. Soon afterward, his life moved to sheer survival mode. Suddenly his dad died from a heart attack, brought on by years of horrendous work hours and stress. With his brother still in high school, Darrin had to help his family, and sell Darrin Watson-of One Eye Jack's Life's an Adventure to Earn and Appreciate the family business. "I didn't sleep and worried about everything," he remembered. For 13 years he gained restaurant experience in Marsing. He enjoyed hunting and snowmobiling in the Council area, and made good friends like Susan and Barry Korte here. He found One Eye Jack's for sale by accident three years ago. With his brother Tyson and friends' support, and his good Basque family cooking experience, he has made Jack's a community icon. He lives behind the restaurant, is up at 6i30 to open the coffee shop, and closes at 8:30 pm. Managing Jack's is teaching him a whole new skill set. "I'm more of the leader type. I'm having to learn how to delegate," he said. He is concerned with both the restaurant and the community's survival. "My mind is always churning. What can be done, what will work, how do we survive? What will happen when the Highway 95 bypass is here?" Darrin appreciates the strong-mindedness of the people here, because it. gives him hope that Council will survive. "I was afraid people were going to let this place die when I first came here," he related. "But now I see some encouraging changes." He blows through the occasional cliquishness of the area and speaks his mind. "I think we need to invite more younger people into the decision- making and help them learn. It brings in new blood, new energy and new vitality. Whether people agree or disagree with each other it will get them thinking; he said. "I see a very strong base, a fire that's not lit," he continued. "There'g a gold mine here; how do you scratch that surface? We need to give the kids a reason to come back, give them a chance to spread their wings where they grew up. It starts with the city and county government, and a balanced chamber of commerce. No millionaire is going to walk in here and save us. Progress is a good thing. We can't just stagnate. We have to learn to be self sustaining." Darrin learned from watching his father work himself to death, and makes sure his own life doesn't stagnate. Many evenings he runs on Airport Road, especially when preparing for the Weiser River Trail 50k run. His 12-years- younger brother, Tyson, goads him into running even harder. He plays pool, and competes in weekend beach volleyball in the valley. He started a charity golf tournament to survive the emotional trauma of turning 30, with 10 competing teams at the River Bend Golf Course in Wilder. They play for a different charity every By Deb Wilson year. Getting to know the students in Council has led him into coaching high school track. He also loves reading, especially fantasy and futuristic drama, and has over 1200 friends on Facebook. His scariest challenge is coming very soon. He's going skydiving with his mother Gloria, Tyson and a friend, at his beloved mother's request. "I'm living vicariously though her bucket list," he laughed. "I'm terrified of heights, but if you don't challenge yourself and conquer your fears; life gets boring." He cannot tolerate sitting still or being bored. Opening up to others is another challenge he's struggling to work on. "I keep it all to myself until the breaking point," he admitted. It's a typical behavior for a hard working oldest child. Darrin wants to thank all of his customers. "I appreciate the community support:' he said. "I'm not up here to make millions, I'm up here to make a living and keep the money circulating in this community:' He believes in doing things the right way and maintaining faith in success. He'd like to open One Eye Jack's in five small towns before he retires. He'd also like to invite runners to join his restaurant sponsored team for the next Weiser River Trail 50k in April. And what is his team's name? Why, the One Eye Jackrabbits, of course. Bear Facts Got Smoke.00 By Tina Warner- 258-4471 A fire broke out over the hill from Bear Creek, Sunday afternoon. We all watched the smoke, and it looked like a large fire, but when we got up Monday morning the sky was clear. I mentioned that to Gaye Carter, and she said Council had all the smoke. Erica Davis drove down from Lewiston, picked up her grandmother, drove on to Mt. Home and spent five days with Ieremy and Kate Mink and their two little boys. While there, they caught the local bug and were, and are, feeling not as well as they could. But they enjoyed Kate's dad, Ted Huffman's birthday dinner and the visit with Ieremy and Kate, Dray and Drew. Some of the visitors at Bear over the weekend were Nancy Jordan and Deena Hockman who brought tomatoes to share, and a nice visit. Lorris Will McGahey spent a day with Dan and Sauni before returning to their home in Boise. Nan Rankin and Lowell Tietje have had lots of (Addington) Van Pelt and company lately. Although Bruce Addington stopped they were not all visiting at in for a visit on their way the same time, there were tO Black Lake. It had been Vernon, Charlene, Beverly, years since Lofts had been Leanne, Sue, Russ and lohn to the lake. Jim, Collin and and families. There was lots of visiting and catching up, and Nan eNoying feeding them as she does so well. Gary and Beverly Brower and family from Nampa entertained everyone on Bear Creek with a picnic at their place Saturday evening. Dan McGahey left Sunday for a trip to Denver where he will be working for the coming week. Aden Warner and Don Armstrong spent the , weekend at their trailer. Guests from Payette were Aden's son and grandson, Mark and Jay Davis, and Mark's friend, lake Rupe, from South Dakota. Mark, lay and ]ake were hunting but don't think they had much luck.