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Page 10 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 The Adams County Record. Community. Spotlight Deep Values and Quiet Living By Deb Wilson Patrick Doyle, the tall guy with the big smile at Ronnie's, lives a relatively quiet life. "Why would you want to interview me?" he asked, puzzled, when he was first approached for an. interview. The reply that "everybody has a story" made him grin. "OK;' he laughed. "I'll take my 15 minutes of fame." He seems right at home in Council, Idaho, but Patrick actually spent most of his life in Portland. He never liked it much. "It was just too fast paced, too crowded, and too liberal for my conservative values;' he explained. He began looking for a quieter home back in 2006. "I drove as far as McCall and stopped at the Council city park on the way back for the bathrooms. Council was right on the tree line. Being from the Willamette Valley, I needed treesY He decided Council would do, and settled in. His brother Mike moved over to join him this year; his three sisters Kathy, Rhonda and Lisa still live in Portland. Sandy, his 7-year- old black lab/heeler mix, accompanies haim everywhere. She came from Dr. Gardner's office at 9 months old, too lively for her former Owner. A happy, smiling dog, she's Patrick's best pal. He just doesfft like going anyplace that she can't go. Patrick likes stability. His dad left when he was very young, and his mom remarried when he was 11. His stepfather, a Vietnam vet, occasionally shared outdoor activities with Patrick, but he could be a difficult and conflicted man. Patrick lost his mother 20 years ago from cancer. As a child he'd been very close to his mother's parents, Grandpa and Grandma Leonard. Sadly his grandmother was wheelchair bound from a 1952 car accident. His grandfather was a - quiet, attentive, dean-living man. It took a lot of trust to get over the day when his grandfather accidentally slammed the car door on 3-year- old Patrick's already injured finger. Everyday, Patrick misses his grandfather's affectionate reply, "Well, I love you too:' Like his grandfather, he keeps an even keel most of the time. "My mom called me "nonplussed7 he said. "I never get excited or depressed. I can get discouraged, but generally life is good:' Mom worked hard as a keypunch operator and data processor at JC Penney and Jansen, while his beloved grandfather babysat. Patrick spent most of his time outdoors. He and his siblings adopted a menagerie of pets--hamsters, rats, dogs and even a horse. By age 14 he and his best friend, John, were already camping by themselves at Timothy Lake. He dropped out of school in 7th grade, and never did get his GED. "I have regrets about that;' he said. "Dropping "There was nothing in my life holding me back from immoral living.'! After 4 months he'd run out of money, and humiliated, he had to call his folks to bring him home. That period of swarthy living brought him years of regret and self-loathing. Finally he found stability out really hampered my working as a janitor at social skills:' He has stayed Jansen, Inc. in Portland shy and cautious about for many years. "They relationships most of his were good to me;' he life. Fortunately, he never remembered. Finding got into drugs and didn't Christ was a turning point like drinking, in his life; finding the He landed his first Assemblies of God faith permanent job at 18 began a healing process years old, washing dishes, for him. "Life got better" and then he worked for he explained. "I felt cared McDonalds. At 19 he for, more than I could launched a 140-mile care for myself:' Spending bicycle ride to Prineville. rural weekends at his "I sowed most of my wild parents home near Mulino, oats there;' he mourned. Oregon, he became even more discouraged with urban Portland living, although wasn't ready to give up the security of his job just yet. Finally he'd had enough of stoplights and politics, and began his journey to his new small town home. He found a job at Cen.ex, and transferred to RonniCs part time three years later. He pretty much does everything there, stocker, cashier, forklift driver...but he stays away from computers. 'Tm computer moronic;' he admitted. "I can play solitaire but that's about it." In his entrepreneurial business, Patrick's Reliable Home Prep, he cleans businesses and for sale or rent properties. His janitorial days trained him well, and he is equipped with excellent cleaning tools, including a high- speed floor buffer and scrubber; and a carpet extractor, an exemplary cleaningmachine far above the capabilities of an ordinary carpet cleaner. When he's not working or hiking with his pal Sandy, he's assisting and transporting disabled seniors, like Nevada Marsh and Kathy Bonds, for shopping and medical appointments. He likes helping them because he deeply understands that "loneliness kills peopleY He also values his civic duty, giving blood, reporting crime, jury duty...trying to be a positive influence on the neighborhood children. A quiet man, he has a quiet hobby. He's collected thousands of stamps over the years Of visiting antique and collectable shows in Portland. He also likes to read, especially military and civil war history and biographies. He enjoys membership in TOPS, and gardening. He can even make pumpkin pies, as long as he gets to use his own homegrown pumpkin. "It's the texture of the pumpkin that makes it work;' he revealed. "I want to hike up Council Mountain;' he said, and he likes the idea of clearing a trail to the t_op. He also hopes to raft the Salmon River someday. He's happy to stay in Council the rest of his life. "No stoplights;' he explained, "and the restaurant food is good!" When it comes to values, Patrick speaks up readily about his concerns~ "Politics and political parties cannot turn this country around," he believes. "It's a spiritual problem...a matter of prayer and reaching out to people who lack spiritual values:' He's grateful for the support and activities of his church here, and he works hard to live the life he believes in. BY HELEN GLIDDEN My son, Brent, and I drove up Warren Wagon Road on Sunday, thinking we were going to cut wood. The picture shows what the road looked like. There was a lot of traffic some going for wood, others going for what reason I don't know. In McCall there was maybe 5 inches of snow; up Warren Wagon Road it got deeper and deeper. At first there were 4 ruts to drive in, then 3 and then just 2. Many vehicles were coming down the road. We had to carefully, in four-wheel drive, pull over to pass each other. I stopped to talk to one gel who said she ran a business in Secesh and said she was closing down and getting out for the winter. She said the road ahead was pretty bad, so we opted to turn around as soon as we could, at the Crestline Trail road. Most of the vehicles going up turned around there. At Crestline the snow was well over a foot deep and counting.